Belief Questionnaire



Participant Information


What the project is about: This study aims to find out about the nature of paranormal belief. Our main question is, Who believes in paranormal phenomena such as telepathy (mind-to-mind communication), clairvoyance (seeing things outside visual range), precognition (seeing the future), and psychokinesis (mind over matter)? In order to be eligible for participation in this study, you must be 18 years or over, able to speak/read English fluently, and have access to a computer and the internet.


What you will be asked to do: You will be required to complete a series of online questionnaires. In total, this should all take no longer than 50 minutes. Students studying First-Year Psychology at The University of Adelaide will additionally be granted 1.0 research credit. Participants may also find benefit in contributing to potentially valuable psychological research, as well as gaining experience and knowledge in methods of psychological testing.


Risks associated with participation: There are no foreseeable risks associated with participating in this study. However, in the event that you do experience any discomfort or distress and believe you require support, please contact a help-line such as Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636) or Life Line (13 11 44). Both of these are 24/7 free-call help-lines available to provide you with instant support. Also, if you are a student at The University of Adelaide, you are able to access the free counselling service at the North Terrace campus on 8313 5663. Students of other universities may have access to similar services.


Where the information will go: Your name will not be recorded and you will not be individually identifiable. If you are a Psychology I student at The University of Adelaide, you will be required to record your five-digit Unique ID code (booking number) in order to receive your research credit. This information will not be attached to your individual results. All information stored will be accessible only by the researchers. All data will be aggregated for analysis and findings from those analyses will be published. You will in no way be identifiable throughout these processes. If you wish to receive a summary of the results, or have any questions in general regarding the study, please contact Dr. Lance Storm via email (listed below).


Complaint or concerns: The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Adelaide (approval number 15/01). If you have questions or problems associated with the practical aspects of your participation in the project, or wish to raise a concern or complaint about the project, you should consult the Principal Investigator, Dr. Lance Storm (0437 032 556), or contact the Human Research Ethics Committee’s Secretariat on (8313 6028), or email: If you wish to speak with an independent person regarding concerns or a complaint, the University’s policy on research involving human participants, or your rights as a participant. Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.


Pressing Go to the Next Page at the bottom of this page will immediately initiate the study. Pressing this button confirms that you have read, fully understand, and agree with all of the above participant information, in conjunction with the informed consent information (next page), and freely give your full consent to participate. Please note that though there are no time constraints in completing the study, your progress cannot be saved. If you exit the window, this will be understood as withdrawal and your data will be erased.


Yours sincerely,



Lance Storm (Principle Investigator)