We are committed to protecting your privacy. If you choose to participate in one of our studies, you will be presented with a consent form which describes the nature of the information you are providing to us and how we plan to use and safeguard it. Typically you will respond to a few survey questions and/or complete a experimental task. We deliberately avoid asking questions likely to have sensitive answers. We make every effort to ensure the anonymity of all study participants. When you participate, we avoid associating potentially identifying information such as your IP address. If you choose to make a user account, your email and password will be stored in a secure hash. You can delete your account at any time. All of our studies receive ethics approval from the Harvard University Committee on the Use of Human Subjects.
If you participated in our study "Are they (Facebook) friends? - Studying memory for social networks", you granted permission to our Facebook app. During the study, we used this permission to present you with pictures and names of your friends. We did not store these pictures or names on our server - they appear only on your own computer. We did collect the structure of your social network so that we can compare it to your responses. However, this social network structure does not contain the names or other personal information of you or your friends. We will not use the Facebook app to collect any further data from you. If you wish to remove our app, you may do so by following the instructions here. Facebook data are not used in other studies on MySocialBrain.org.
Data you provide will be used for the purposes of scientific research. We will never sell any of your information for commercial purposes. Anonymized data from some studies may be shared with other researchers for scientific purposes using established academic data repositories. Results from our research will appear in formal and informal publications, but identifiable individual data will not be made public. Specific descriptions of the purpose of each study may be found in debriefing pages after the experiment.