THE more information voters are given in the referendum debate the more likely they are to vote Yes, according to research by behavioural scientists at Edinburgh University.

An experiment took 300 mainly undecided voters and got them to read articles for and against independence.

Some had to read a balance of 16 articles and most of those who got to choose looked at both, although committed Yes supporters were more likely to pick ones supportive of independence.

"Before the experiment, 70 per cent said they were either undecided or admitted they might change their mind on how they vote," said the researchers.

"By the end of the test, researchers found that when more information was provided, the level of indecision among voters halved."

Visiting academics from the European University Institute carried out the research, with Davide Morisi based in Florence saying: "Since independence is related to more uncertainty than keeping the status quo, reading convincing arguments has a stronger effect on a Yes vote, because it contributes to reducing these uncertainties to an 'acceptable' level."

Yes Scotland chief executive, Blair Jenkins said that the university's research backed up what the pro-independence campaign had been saying.

Mr Jenkins stated: "The more people hear about the benefits of a Yes vote and the consequences of a No vote, the more people are attracted to putting Scotland's future in Scotland's hands."

But a Better Together spokesman said: "With 10 days to go of the referendum campaign, the Nationalists still can't answer what separation means for the pound, pensions and public services.