Participation in our studies is completely voluntary. You are free to decline to participate in any particular study, to end participation at any time for any reason, or to refuse to answer any individual question without penalty or loss of compensation. You can complete as many online studies as you wish.

In general, these are studies that deal with issues of importance to researchers in the Robert H. Smith Business School, such as marketing, consumer preferences for different kinds of information, impression formation, decision-making, and so forth. Participation in this research will involve completing simple online surveys. A few surveys may be linked to each other in one study. After completing a study you are automatically given points, which can be used to reedeem prizes.

Each of the studies has an assigned number of points and the prizes that can be attained are listed in the accounts page of the website. The number of points for each study is varied by the length of the study. You will see the information on the point values before you start any of our studies.

By participating in these studies, you will learn more about the kinds of research conducted by faculty and graduate students in the University of Maryland.

Some surveys may also include a follow up study. The follow up study will be distributed via email. You will be asked separately whether it is ok to contact you with a follow up study. Refusal to participate in the follow up study does not affect your chances to win the prize lottery. However, you will not be eligible for the separate prize lottery which is part of the follow up study.

The studies on this website should pose no physical or emotional risk (short or long term) to those participating.

All of your responses will be kept confidential. Only the researchers involved in this study and those responsible for research oversight will have access to the information you provide. Your responses will be numbered and the code linking your number with your name will be stored in a separate database. Your confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology used. No guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the Internet by any third parties.

Your email address will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of the prize lottery and to inform you of the new studies as they become available.