This tool uses artificial intelligence to generate reframed thoughts and is part of a research study in collaboration with the University of Washington.
Purpose: The purpose of the study is to understand how digital tools can help people recognize thinking traps and practice reframing negative thoughts.
Procedure: You will be asked to describe a thought and a situation you are struggling with. You will then identify potential "thinking traps" (or cognitive distortions) in the thought and reframe it in a way that is more positive, realistic, or helpful. Finally, you will be asked to take an optional demographic survey, which can be skipped as preferred. The tool is expected to take ~5 minutes to complete.
Benefits: By using this tool, you may learn about thinking traps. You will practice identifying them and reframing negative thoughts and situations. However, there is no guarantee that the tool will help you reframe your thoughts.
Data Collection and Sharing: We will not ask you for your name or any identifiable personal information. Usage data will be made unidentifiable to the best of our extent, will be analyzed to improve the tool, and may be shared and used for future research.
Risks: Talking about situations and thoughts you are struggling with may be disturbing to you and may bring up negative emotional reactions. In addition, the tool uses artificial intelligence to generate reframed thoughts. Appropriate steps have been taken to avoid harmful reframes, but there is a possibility that the generated content might be upsetting to you. Also, the optional demographic survey asks for information that may be sensitive and could make you feel uncomfortable (e.g., "What are the main things contributing to your mental health problems right now?"). This tool is not being actively monitored by a human and should not be used as a "cry for help" outlet. Should you have a strong negative reaction to some of the content, you can text MHA to 741741 or call or text 988.
Participation: Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You will not receive any payment for participation. You can refuse participation or stop participating at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.
Contact Us: If you have questions or concerns about this research, or if you think you have been harmed from being in the study, please email us (Ashish Sharma at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Professor Tim Althoff at email@example.com). If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you can call the University of Washington Human Subjects Division at (206) 543-0098.
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