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Hi, my name is Miz Nakamura and I am currently a Masters student at the University of Sydney.
As a part of my degree, I am conducting a year-long research project on behalf of PetRescue – investigating the risk factors associated with low appeal animals on their website. I am reviewing the text assigned to individual animals, focussing on the use and frequency of personality adjectives and how this may affect adoption success (length of stay). Similarly, I have developed this web-based scoring system to assess photographic attributes of the four most common breeds within the data (Australian Cattle Dog, Jack Russell Terrier, Staffordshire Bull-Terrier and Labrador Retriever).
Again, these data will be correlated with the length of stay (time) to determine whether certain phenotypic characteristics enhance adoptability of dogs.
Your scores will be collected and used in the final data analysis of my project – and therefore will be shared with and assessed by third parties. If you are not comfortable with this, you have the choice to withdraw from participation. By taking part in this research project, you give informed consent and understand that the data you provide will be used for further analysis.
If there are any concerns, you have the opportunity to contact my project supervisor (Professor Paul McGreevy on 0423 464 505 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or file a formal complaint to the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (Human Ethics Officer – Patricia Engelmann on 8627 8172 or email@example.com). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully, and you will be informed of the outcome.