This research is being completed as part of the requirements of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at the University of Hull. The researcher, Maddy Hurd, is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist and this study is part of her thesis project.  

We would like to invite you to participate in this research on the effects of Brain Injury.

 We are looking for two groups of people for this study:


  1. People who have an acquired brain injury
  2. People who have NOT had any type of brain injury


Before you decide whether you want to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what your participation will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

What is an acquired brain injury?

An acquired brain injury is not something that you are born with but occurs when part of the brain has been damaged. This may happen if the brain has been subject to physical force, a disease or medical emergency such as a stroke.

What is the purpose of the study?

After an acquired brain injury, people sometimes find it hard to understand other people’s emotions as well as they did before. It might be hard to know how others are feeling based on their facial expression or what they are saying. It can also be difficult to think clearly or complete tasks at the same speed as before. Currently researchers do not know how much of our ability to recognise emotions is related to our ability to understand more general information. The research intends to find this out. This will help doctors to know how best to support someone’s understanding of the social world after a brain injury.    

What will I be asked to do?

If you agree to take part, then I will contact you to arrange a convenient date and time for testing. Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, I will send you instructions of how to take part in the research online. Firstly, I will ask you about your medical history to make sure you can take part. I will then ask you to answer some short questions about yourself, such as your gender, age and level of schooling. You will then be asked to complete the following tasks which should take no longer than 90 minutes. 

  1. Watch short videos of people and pick what emotion they are feeling.
  2. Hear two words and say how they are similar
  3. Choose the missing piece for some visual puzzles
  4. Use a key to match shapes with the correct number
  5. Read aloud some unusual words
  6. Answer questions based on your current mood

 Your rights

  • You do not have to take part
  • You can withdraw from the study at any point without giving a reason
  • You can contact the researcher via email and ask them to remove your data from the study within 72 hours of completing testing
  • All your data will be kept safe and cannot be linked back to you
  • You have a right to ask questions about the research before and after participating
  • Participating or not participating will have no effect on your medical care

 What are the possible risks of taking part?

Participating in the study will require up to 90 minutes of your time and this may be inconvenient for you. I will ask you to comment on your current mood using a questionnaire, if this causes distress the researcher will provide contact details for organisations that may be able to help. If you become distressed or have any concerns about your mood the researcher can inform your clinical lead on your behalf, if you would like them to (this is only relevant to participants recruited from BIRT).

 What are the possible benefits of taking part?

 We cannot promise that you will have any direct benefits from taking part in the study. However, it is hoped that the information you give us will help us to understand more about the relationship between our general intellectual abilities and emotion recognition abilities. It may also help to improve relevant assessment measures used following a brain injury and improve the support from services that people receive.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of the study will be summarised in a written thesis as part of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. The thesis will be available on the University of Hull’s on-line repository The research may also be published in academic journals or presented at conferences. If you want to hear about the results of the study then do contact the researcher, Maddy Hurd, who will be happy to provide you with a written summary of the research.

How will we use information about you?

We will need to use information from you for this research project. This information will include your:

  • Name
  • Contact details
  • Date of birth
  • Level of education and employment status
  • Details of your brain injury (time since injury, affected brain regions, cause of injury, longer term impacts)

People will use this information to do the research or to check your records to make sure that the research is being done properly. People who do not need to know who you are will not be able to see your name or contact details. Your data will have a code number instead. We will keep all information about you safe and secure. Once we have finished the study, we will keep some of the data so we can check the results. We will write our reports in a way that no-one can work out that you took part in the study. The data controller for this project will be the University of Hull. The University will process your personal data for the purpose of the research outlined above. The legal basis for processing your personal data for research purposes under GDPR is a ‘task in the public interest’ You can provide your consent for the use of your personal data in this study by completing the consent form that has been provided to you. Information about how the University of Hull processes your data can be found at

You have the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. You also have other rights including rights of correction, erasure, objection, and data portability. Questions, comments and requests about your personal data can also be sent to the University of Hull Information Compliance Manager ([email protected]). If you wish to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office, please visit

What are your choices about how your information is used?

You can stop being part of the study at any time, without giving a reason, but we will keep information about you that we already have. We need to manage your records in specific ways for the research to be reliable. This means that we won’t be able to let you see or change the data we hold about you. 

Withdrawing from the study will not affect you in any way. Participant’s data cannot be withdrawn from the study once the data has been anonymised and analysed. If you choose to withdraw from the study before this point the data collected will be destroyed. You have up to 72 hours after the completion of testing to withdraw your data from the research.

Where can you find out more about how your information is used?

You can find out more about how we use your information

If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact me using the following contact details:

Maddy Hurd

Clinical Psychology

Aire Building

The University of Hull

Cottingham Road




E-mail: [email protected]

What if something goes wrong?


If you wish to make a complaint about the study, you can contact the University of Hull using the research supervisor’s details below for further advice and information:

Dr Pete Fleming

Clinical Psychology

Aire Building

The University of Hull

Cottingham Road



Tel:     +44 (0) 1482 463254
Email address: [email protected]

 Thank you for reading this information sheet and for considering taking part in this research.