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Historically, personality was believed to be a construct that matures in early adulthood and stabilizes shortly thereafter.
Recently, reports on significant changes in personality after the use of psychedelics in various age groups, have started to emerge in the scientific literature. In addition, studies have also suggested that certain personality types may help predict an individual’s response to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. This simple, correlational study will explore the potential relationship between one’s history of drug use and their personality profile. Specifically, the main goal of this study is to help you learn more about yourself by completing the personality assessment. Additionally, we will also explore the correlations between personality types and past experience with drugs. Lastly, we will assess changes in personality that might have occurred over time and how they relate to reports on drug use.
Information about the research
Quantified Citizen invites you to take part in this study, Personality and Drug Use which is a mini-study launched on the Quantified Citizen mobile app. The research will take place under supervision of Dr. Kim Kuypers from Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
What will happen?
Participants will be asked once to fill in a brief demographic survey, one standardized survey assessing personality, and two custom questionnaires regarding substance use and the potential changes in personality.
The study typically takes between 15-20 minutes. Participants will be asked to complete all the scales only once.
We will ask you to submit the consent form before starting the study. If during the participation process you decide that you want to withdraw from the study, you are free to do so. If you have any questions as a result of reading this information sheet, you should contact the research team at Quantified Citizen (email@example.com) before enrolling in the study.
Benefits and risks
Within the 12 months from the study closing date and given that you have completed all mandatory assessments, you will be provided with a summary report (tables and visualizations) not only on your raw, personal scores but also on how your scores compare to participants with similar and different substance use histories.
This study possesses no known actual risk. There is the possibility for individual discomfort in answering questions, however we just ask for truthful responses to questions about past actions and traits.
All information obtained during the study will be entirely anonymous. You will never be asked to provide your real name, address, or date of birth. The Quantified Citizen app will not have access to any of your personal identifying information. You will get a unique, 12 word, randomly generated username when you sign up to the QC app and your identity will remain anonymous. Please write down this username and keep it in a secure location. If for any reason you no longer have access to your QC account, and you do not remember your username, QC will not be able to regenerate your account. All of the data entered into the Quantified Citizen app will be encrypted and stored on servers located in Canada. Only authorized QC staff can access server logs based on their role and a need-to-know basis in order to fulfill their duties. Anonymous data will be made accessible to all researchers involved with this study. The anonymous data may be accessible to other researchers in the future.
Why is this research important?
It is important to study psychedelics due to their increased popularity across the globe, and their potential ability to affect changes in personality, which are related to one’s susceptibility to mental illness. Similarly, very little is known about how the past experience with other illicit substances relates (correlates) to the current personality profile and changes in personality that might have occurred over time.
This research was reviewed and approved by the Ethical Review Committee Psychology and Neuroscience (ERCPN), Maastricht, The Netherlands.
For further information
We will be glad to answer your questions about this study at any time. Please do not hesitate to contact the involved researchers, Kim Kuypers at fpn-pim_P138@maastrichtuniversity.nl, Maggie Kiraga at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Quantified Citizen team at email@example.com. If you ask a question, we will be able to view your email address. However, your email address will not be linked to your data in any way.
All information obtained during the study will be entirely anonymous. All digital data collection will be self-administered. You will get a unique, randomly generated username and your identity will remain anonymous. Please write down this username and keep it in a secure location. You will need it to login into the app should you lose your phone as well as to access your individual data summary and aggregated data. If for any reason you no longer have access to your QC account, and you do not remember your username, QC will not be able to regenerate your account.
You will never be asked to provide your real name, address, or date of birth. Averaged group data may be published or publicly presented, but it will not be possible to identify individual participants from this data. The Quantified Citizen app will not have access to any of your personal identifying information. Quantified Citizen will only access IP addresses from server logs for security and quality control and will delete them every 48 hours to limit indirect identifiers. Only authorized QC staff can access server logs based on their role and a need-to-know basis in order to fulfill their duties. IP addresses are not included in the data that will be analyzed in this study.
All of the data you enter into the Quantified Citizen app will be encrypted and stored in perpetuity on servers located in Canada. Anonymous data will be accessible to all researchers involved with this study. The data may be accessible to other researchers in the future. Any data you have previously entered into the app regarding the microdosing study will be used in addition to any data you enter in the future.
Data will be kept for 5 years following publication of the research at which point the data on the external hard drive and university’s server will be wiped clean.
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How Do I Register?
Download > Start > Complete Walkthrough > Sign Up
Step 1. First Download the Quantified Citizen App here
Step 2. Complete the following walkthrough and select "Sign Up" to create an account:
Note: To skip the walkthrough select "Already have an account? Sign in" at the bottom.
Step 3. For your privacy we identify your account with 12 random words. Take note of these words and store them in a safe place. Treat these like you would treat a password.
Note: You do have access to these words inside the app using the dropdown hamburger menu in the top left and selecting "My Account".
Step 5. Select the "SIGN UP" button to continue.
Step 6. Enter a 4 digit password and then re-enter again to confirm. This can be used to sign in. You can also opt for Apple's Face ID after entering the 4 digit password.
Step 7. You should have a Completed screen as shown below.
Step 8. Press "Next" to enter your dashboard.
What happens to my data?
All of your data is completely anonymous. When you use the Quantified Citizen app you are the owner of your own personal information.
Rest assured all of your data is completely anonymous. When you use the Quantified Citizen app you are the owner of your own personal information. By using our services we do not have ownership, right, title, or interest in your personal information.
Do I receive my personal data during or after a study?
Not yet, but could be coming soon!
Currently, no personal data is shared during or after a study. This has been a popular request from the Quantified Citizen community and we are making strides to make this possible!
✅ Wellness Together Canada: Call 1-866-585-0445
This is a free, confidential, 24/7 hotline providing free mental health and substance use support. Their platform offers various services ranging from basic wellness information, to one-on-one sessions with a counselor, to participating in a community of support. Whatever it is you’re looking for, visit https://wellnesstogether.ca.
These are 24-hour, free, support lines (via text medium) for people experiencing all kinds of crises, including suicidal thoughts.
✅ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA): Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
This is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. For Spanish (Español), dial 1-888-628-9454. You can also use the Lifeline Chat on the web https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat.
✅ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline (USA): Call 800-662-HELP (4357)
This is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use challenges.
✅ Fireside Project (USA): Call or text (3pm to 3am PST) 62-FIRESIDE > 623-473-7433
This is a peer support for those in the midst of psychedelic experiences, those sitting for others, and those integrating past psychedelic experiences. You can also access support via an app: https://firesideproject.org/app.
✅ Psychedelic Support Therapy
This an online directory of experienced providers, information about integration groups/circles, and online education in the psychedelic space, for more information, visit https://psychedelic.support.
✅ Organization of Psychedelic and Entheogenic Nurses
This organization represents nurses, at all levels of training, who work with patients utilizing therapeutic psychedelic medicines. They offer a list of clinical resources for those seeking integration and harm reduction, as well as psychedelic societies/communities, and professional organizations. If you want to learn more, visit https://openurses.org/clinical-resources.