Information Sheet




  1. Title of Study

  2. Measuring the timing of movements using a mobile device.

  3. Introduction

  4. Measuring the timing of movements using a mobile device.

  5. Introduction

  6. My name is Dr Peter Lovatt and I am working with Qualtrics to carrying out a study which measures the timing of movements. Before you decide whether to take part, it is important that you understand the study that is being undertaken and what your involvement will include. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Do not hesitate to ask us anything that is not clear or for any further information you would like to help you make your decision. Please do take your time to decide whether or not you wish to take part. The University’s regulations governing the conduct of studies involving human participants can be accessed via this link:

  7. What is the purpose of this study?

  8. The purpose of this study is to investigate how accurately people can tap their finger in time with music and in silence.

  9. Do I have to take part?

  10. It is completely up to you whether or not you decide to take part in this study. Agreeing to join the study does not mean that you have to complete it. You are free to withdraw at any stage without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time, or a decision not to take part at all, will not affect any treatment/care that you may receive.

  11. Are there any age or other restrictions that may prevent me from participating?

  12. Anyone can take part in this study.

  13. How long will my part in the study take?

  14. The data collection phase of this study lasts for about two minutes.

  15. What will happen to me if I take part?

  16. You will watch a short instruction video. Then you will hear a piece of music. You will be asked to tap your finger along to the piece of music for about 15 seconds. The music will then stop but you should keep tapping your finger for about another 15 seconds.

    You will be asked to fill out some demographic information, including questions such as your age and sex. This information is optional.

  17. What are the possible disadvantages, risks or side effects of taking part?

  18. There are no known disadvantages of taking part. If you find tapping your finger uncomfortable please stop.

  19. What are the possible benefits of taking part?

  20. There are no known possible benefits of taking part, however you will be contributing towards research, which we hope will contribute to our understanding of human timing mechanisms.

  21. How will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

  22. You will not be identifiable from the data you provide. The data you provide (tapping data, age, sex) can only be accessed by members of the research team. This information will be stored on a password protected computer. Your data will only be stored and used for the sole purpose of this study.

  23. Will the data be required for use in further studies?

  24. The data will only be kept for the duration of the current research programme and associated analyses.

  25. Who has reviewed this study?

  26. This study has been reviewed by:

    13.1. The University of Hertfordshire Health, Science, Engineering and Technology Ethics Committee with Delegated Authority

    The UH protocol number is LMS/SF/UH/03108

  27. Who can I contact if I have any questions?

  28. If you would like further information or would like to discuss any details personally, please get in touch with me via email at the University of Hertfordshire: Dr Peter Lovatt at

    Although we hope it is not the case, if you have any complaints or concerns about any aspect of the way you have been approached or treated during the course of this study, please write to the University’s Secretary and Registrar.

    Thank you very much for reading this information and giving consideration to taking part in this study.