limb laterality study

Recognising Left From Right Limbs Among Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury

You are invited to participate in a study that investigates brain mechanisms that are thought to be influenced by sensory information, that is sensations or feelings, from the body in people with spinal cord injury. This study is being conducted by Dr Kathryn Nicholson Perry (School of Psychology, University of Western Sydney), and Dr Lorimer Moseley (Neuroscience Research Australia).

What is the study about?

The study is about how spinal cord injury affects the ability to recognize pictures of arms or legs as being from the left or the right side of the body. We are interested in how people with a spinal cord injury are different to those without one and whether there is any further difference between those with and without pain. You may participate in the study whether you have a spinal cord injury or not, and whether you have pain or not.

What does the study involve?

You will be asked to indicate that you have read this information sheet and that you give consent to participate and that you agree to the terms and conditions of the website. You will answer some questions about yourself, your spinal cord injury and your pain (if you have them). These questions are similar to those that your doctor would ask you. You will then complete a couple of questionnaires. This will take about 15 minutes. You will then complete a reaction time task that involves responding to pictures that appear on the screen. This will take about 15 minutes. The whole experiment should take about 30 minutes.

We will not ask you for your name. However, if you wish to join our laboratory newsletter email list, which is entirely up to you and not connected with taking part in the study, you can provide your email address. We do not expect this experiment to aggravate any pain symptoms you may have in any way. We do not know of any risk or potential side effects. We do not expect that you will personally receive any benefits from the study, however the findings may contribute to our understanding and management of pain after spinal cord injury. You will not be compensated for your time. Your decision about whether to take part will not affect your future relationship with the researchers and their organizations. You can withdraw from the study at any time without any consequences and without having to give a reason.

How will the results be published?

We plan to publish the results of this study in scientific journals and to present the results at conferences. These publications will only describe information about the responses of groups, such as those with pain versus those without pain, and any information will be provided in such a way that you cannot be identified.

What if I have a question or complaint?

This study has been approved by the University of Western Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee. The approval number is H7530. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr Kathryn Nicholson Perry:

If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee through the Office of Research Services on: