Your participation is completely voluntary, and you are free to decide not to participate or withdraw yourself from the study at any time. This decision will not affect your relations with the Cognitive-Communication Lab or Texas State University.
For you participation you will receive a gift card to a local store or restaurant after each testing session. The researcher will provide information about your communication and cognitive abilities at the end of each test session. If there is a concern about your communication, the appropriate referrals will be offered to you for further testing.
No, all personal and testing information is kept confidential. As employees of Texas State University, and the Institutional Review Board we are required to comply by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This insures that your health information is protected and kept confidential. Therefore your information will not be released to any third-party, including, but not limited, to doctors and insurance companies.
You will also be asked to provide some Protected Health Information (PHI), including your name, address, phone number, date of birth, and medical information pertaining to speech, language, and cognitive abilities. Your PHI and responses during testing for the study will be kept in separate records with only your participant number as an identifier.