Dr Rachel Hallett 

FHSCE, 6th Floor, Hunter Wing, St.George’s Campus 

Email: r.hallett@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Title of study: A comparison of music preference and listening device use in exercise and non-exercise contexts 


You are being invited to take part in this study exploring how exercisers use music and music-playing devices in exercise and non-exercise contexts. Please take time to read the following information and discuss with others if you wish. Also please ask me any questions: details below. This study is being carried out as part of my work as a postdoctoral researcher in the joint faculty of Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

What is the purpose of the study?

I am doing this study to compare exercise music listening practices with everyday listening practices in non-exercise contexts. Some research has looked at everyday device usage and music listening, but practices in exercise contexts may be different. 

Aims and objectives / background

Many people use music during exercise for all kinds of reasons. At the moment, we are not sure whether the way they use listening devices, and the kinds of music they listen to, are different to how they would listen when not exercising. Understanding this better could enable the development of interventions to make exercise more appealing through music, and to develop technologies that have particular appeal for exercisers. 

Why have I been invited? 

You have been invited to take part because you have identified yourself as an exerciser who sometimes listens to music during their exercise sessions, however frequently or occasionally. I am looking to recruit several hundred people to take part in the esurvey stage of the research. The more people take part, the more reliable the results will be. There is also a follow-up interview stage. In the survey, you will be given the option to offer to take part in the interviews, with no obligation, and a small number of participants will be invited to take part in an individual phone interview. 

Do I have to take part? 

It is entirely up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide not to take part this will not affect any relationship or arrangement you have with me, the universities I represent, or with any other organisation that you might have heard about this study from. If you do take part you are free to withdraw at any time up to one month after the interview, without giving any reason and without any detriment to you. 

What will happen if I do take part?  

The first part of the research is the esurvey. When you click on the link, the survey will open and will start with some questions asking for your consent to participate. If you are happy to give consent, you will be able to progress to the main survey, where you will be asked questions about your listening practices in exercise and non-exercise contexts. You will have the option to leave your email address if you are willing to take part in a follow up interview: this is completely optional, and you may prefer to remain anonymous (your email address might identify you). 

If you take part in an interview, you will be given an electronic copy of this information to keep and be asked to sign a consent form by typing in your name and emailing it back to me; this consent is separate from the consent which is integrated into the esurvey, and ensures that I check for your consent at the outset of both studies. The research involves you taking part in a one-to-one interview with me over the phone. The interview would last 30 minutes to an hour. There is no obligation to take part, and you would be able to withdraw prior to the interview taking place, during the interview, or up to one month afterwards. Beyond this point, findings may have been circulated, so it might not be possible to withdraw your data, although I would endeavour to do so. 

What are the possible benefits of taking part? 

There are no immediate benefits. However it is hoped that information from this study will help to gain a better insight into music use in exercise. This will help develop initiatives to make regular exercise easier for people to stick with, and could also inform the development of music technologies for use in exercise. 

What are the risks of taking part? 

There are no anticipated risks in taking part. However some people may find talking about their experiences upsetting. If this happens during the interview, you can stop the interview and take a break at any time. You can decide whether you want to continue to participate, or if you would rather withdraw. If you suffer high levels of distress as a consequence of the interview, you should consult your GP as a first point of contact to access professional support services. 

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential? 

Yes. We will follow ethical and legal practice and all information will be handled in confidence. Only I and my supervisor will have access to the original data (the esurvey data and the recording of your interview and the transcription of it which the researcher will produce). All the information gathered will be securely stored on a password protected computer and no names or contact details will be attached to the data files. 

What will happen to the results of the study? 

I will write up my findings to submit to a suitable journal, and may also present them at conferences. You will not be identified in any way in any material that is presented. If you are quoted, I will ensure that you are given a pseudonym and that there is no information in the quote from which you might be identified. 

Who has reviewed this study? 

The study has been looked at by an independent group of people called the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education Research Ethics Committee to protect your safety, rights, and dignity. They have given a favourable opinion.

What if I have a complaint? 

If you wish to complain about any aspect of the research, please raise this with the Researcher. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, please contact the Dean of the Faculty, using the details given below. 

Contact Details of Dean: 

Professor Andy Kent, A.Kent@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Researcher’s Contact Details:

Rachel Hallett, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, 6th Floor, Hunter Wing, St. George’s Campus, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE. 

Email: r.hallett@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Link to study here.

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