Sophie's Epidemic

The Spread of Disease in Social Networks

Thank you for taking part in my experiment.

The purpose of this research is to investigate the links between the spread of infectious diseases in social networks by mapping the passage of a theoretical disease, represented by participants wearing badges.  

At NO point in this experiment are real diseases or pathogens used! Badges worn by Newcastle University students represent a theoretical infectious disease and email correspondence will be used to track it's progression.

Before you take part in this study it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to navigate around this website for further information and instruction. Please contact me if you are unsure about anything or want to ask questions. My details are at the bottom of this page. 

Taking part in this research is completely voluntary and you are under no obligation to take part. If you decide to go ahead, your email to me will act as consent to do so. 

Participating in this research is not anticipated to cause any disadvantages or discomfort. There will be no immediate benefits to anyone taking part, but the data will be used to improve my knowledge on the spread of diseases. 

All information that we collect about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential and all names will be changed to code. You will not be identified or identifiable in any reports.

Thank you for taking the time to read through the information and if you decide to take part, thank you in advance for wearing and passing along my badges. 

All participants are welcome to be sent a copy of my results and report upon completion. I will email you regarding this at the end of my experiment, please reply if you wish to recieve a copy. If you do not reply, I will assume you do not want a copy. 

Thank you,