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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. 

For the Summer 2024 semester, the Psychology Research Participant Pool will open on Friday, June 7th at 8:00 AM (Session 1 AND Thru Term) and close on Wednesday, July 3rd at 5:00 PM (Session 1) and Tuesday, July 30th at 5:00 PM (Thru Term).

Research Participation Requirements  
  • Summer 2024 requirement is 6.5 research credits. Please note that students may complete all of their credits through online opportunities for the summer 2024 session(s) if they choose.
  • Opportunities to earn credit (all research opportunities will be posted on Sona) 
    • In-Person 
      • Participate in typical in-person studies conducted by researchers in the Psychology Department
    • Virtual Interactive
      • Participate in virtual interactive studies (e.g., live video conference session with a researcher; daily diary studies with daily or weekly surveys)
      • 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)
    • Online
      • Participate in online surveys conducted by researchers in the Psychology Department
    • 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. 
Resources & Links

Students and researchers should download the current RP Guidelines by clicking the appropriate link below. This file contains all of the necessary instructions for signing up for experiments and completing the Research Participation Requirement. 

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