Research is an important component of the science of psychology. Students gain a better understanding of the discipline through direct experience with psychological research.
Information for Participants
Introduction to Psychology (PSYC101) Students
All PSYC101 students must complete a research requirement. The Intro (I) Pool consists of students in Psyc 101 courses seeking to fulfill the research requirement via research participation. To find “I” study opportunities, visit the Research Participant Pool Website or download the free Sona Mobile app. See course materials for more information.
The General (G) Pool consists of students enrolled in psychology courses that offer extra credit for research participation. This includes most, but not all, psychology courses in a given semester.
We know not everyone needs extra credit, so please keep in mind that participation in these studies allows you to gain invaluable first-hand experience with psychological research. In some cases, it may give you ideas for a research project that you may pursue in upper division lab courses or in independent research. It also will give you tangible examples of some of the research techniques that you may be studying in your class.
To find “G” study opportunities visit the Research Participant Pool Website or download the free Sona Mobile app. See course materials for more information.
Current credit totals and credit status are available any point in the semester by logging in to the Research Participant Pool Website and viewing the “My Schedule and Credits” area.
The Research Participant Pool Manager plans to update credit totals each Monday throughout the semester. In some cases there may be an extended delay, but the system, by design, does dot “miss” any of the record of your participation if you did indeed participate and correct codes are provided. Your research credit information will automatically be sent to your instructor at the end of the semester.
Psychology Research Data Collection Raffle
Students who are not in a class that offers extra credit for research participation but still want to participate in research can enter the Psychology Research Data Collection Raffle. For each study completed, one can choose to be entered in a raffle to win one of five $50 prizes.
Throughout the academic year, the research participant pool manager will send all-student emails to recruit participants for research opportunities. Most projects will be online studies; a link to the study will be included in the email. Other projects may involve an in-person session; the email will include instructions for study sign-up. One to two raffle entries will be earned per online survey and five or more raffle entries will be earned per standard lab study (final # is dependent on study length.)
Who can participate?
- One must be 18 or older to participate in research studies or have a parental consent form on file with the Research Participant Pool Manager.
- Some studies have eligibility requirements- note and adhere to them
- Students in eligible psychology classes may complete the announced studies for extra credit only if they sign up for a study timeslot using the Research Participant Pool Website
- One cannot enter the raffle and receive extra credit
Rest assured that every study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
- One has the right to choose not to participate
- One has the right to an explanation including questions of any study before agreeing to participate
- Everything said or done during a research project is strictly confidential
- If, for any reason, one suddenly decides that they would rather not participate in a research project, they can just notify the researcher and leave.
Get the Most Out of Your Research Participation
All participants will be provided with feedback concerning the purposes and expectations of the studies in which they participate during a debriefing period. Participants are strongly encouraged to ask questions during this time. Often one gets as much out of the discussion following the experiment as during their actual study participation. Researchers will be more than happy to discuss any aspect of their study. Basically, one will get as much out of the experience as they put into it.
By participating in research, students provide a very valuable service to the psychology department. Their contribution in this regard is highly valued and much appreciated.
Chair of the Institutional Review Board (Dr. Jennifer Tickle)
Research Participant Pool Manager (Angela Draheim)