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Research Participant (RP) Pool Information

Research Participation Overview

The Psychology Department regards your exposure to psychological research as an educational experience. This is comparable to a laboratory section of introductory courses in other sciences, and it serves to acquaint students with a broad cross-section of contemporary psychological research. The participation of students is appreciated and essential to the research of the Psychology Department. Students' research contributions become a lasting part of the body of scientific psychological knowledge. 

Research Participation Requirements  
  • Spring 2022 requirement is 6.5 research credits 
    • Only 3 out of the 6.5 research credit hours can be earned through online surveys 
  • Opportunities to earn credit (all research opportunities will be posted on Sona) 
    • In-Person (unlimited)
      • Participate in typical in-person studies conducted by the Psychology Department
      • Attend specified in-person talks (1 credit per 1 hour of attendance)
    • Virtual Interactive (unlimited)
      • Participate in virtual interactive studies (e.g., live video conference session with a researcher; daily diary studies with daily or weekly surveys)
      • Attend monthly Q&A sessions with the RP Pool Coordinator (appointments available via Sona)
      • Attend specified virtual talks (1 credit per 1 hour of attendance).
    • Online (3 research credit limit) 
      • Participate in online studies conducted by the Psychology Department
      • Conduct a review of an empirical psychology article (1 review = 1 credit)
      • Participate in online pseudo-studies. These are inactive research studies in which participant data will not be analyzed (30 minutes of a pseudo-study = 0.5 credits)
    • Sona Screener (0.5 credits)
      • All participants will complete a screener survey when they first login to the Sona System 
  • Failure to fulfill the necessary hours of credit will result in a drop of one letter grade for the course with the requirement. 
  • Reminder, students will not register themselves on Sona this semester. The RP Pool Coordinator will be automatically adding all students to the system on January 15th, 2022. Please refer to the full RP Guidelines for additional details. 
Resources & Links

Students and researchers should download the current RP Guidelines by clicking the link below. This file contains all of the necessary instructions for signing up for experiments and completing the Research Participation Requirement. Updated guidelines for the spring 2022 semester will be posted in January 2022.

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