Policy and Procedures for Fulfilling PSYCHOLOGY 100 Research Requirement
Psychology Department Faculty and Students are actively engaged in research fostering a strong commitment to advance science. Your participation in departmental research provides an experiential learning opportunity, which enhances your understanding of the science of psychology. Participation in studies is intended to acquaint students with the methods and outcomes of psychological science and stimulate your interest in the discipline. Faculty and students conducting the research aim to make the experience as educational as possible. You are encouraged to ask questions and to discuss the research with the investigators. Much of the information about human behavior this course will present to you is available because of past students’ willingness to participate in research studies at colleges and universities across the country. We ask that you make a comparable contribution for those who will study psychology in the future.
Consequently, all students enrolled in Psychology 100 are required to participate in departmental research investigations. You must earn 2 units (Credits) of experimental participation to satisfy this requirement. You will get 1 unit for each hour (or part of an hour – depending on length of the study) of participation. Studies typically range from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and hence each study will offer either 1/2,1 or 2 units. The number of units being offered will be indicated for each study when you sign up (see below). You can acquire your units in any combination of studies that total 2 units.
Students who have objections to participating in ANY psychological research should check the end of this document for information on the alternative assignment (e.g., summarizing an article from a human or animal behavior scientific journal). Upon receipt of an acceptable substitute assignment from the student, the professor making the alternative assignment decides whether the research requirement has been satisfactorily completed. (This information is also on the Research Requirement website (http://courses.wcupa.edu/ttreadwe/research/index.html)
Note: Failure to complete the research requirement (either the experimental or alternative assignment) will result in your receiving an incomplete ("NG") in PSY 100. University policy states that "A GRADE OF NG IS CHANGED TO AN F AUTOMATICALLY IF THE REQUIREMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE NINTH WEEK OF THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER." If you need to complete the research requirement during the first nine weeks of the semester following your enrollment, please contact your PSY 100 instructor.
Procedures for Research Participation
YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT’S RESEARCH REQUIREMENT WEB SITE (SONA SYSTEM) DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS
1. Sign up for a SONA account (be sure to have your class section number and ID number)
**Very important to check the SONA site regularly to see when new experiments are posted. Do not wait until the very end of the semester to acquire units, as there are usually fewer studies available and scheduling becomes more difficult.
TO SIGN UP FOR A STUDY
2. Go directly to SONA sign-in and login to the SONA System.
Note: Typically, you must be 18 years old to volunteer for departmental research studies. However, some research studies permit students under the age of 18 to participate with parental consent. The minimum age to participate will be indicated for each study on SONA (Under “Eligibility Requirements”). If no studies that permit younger participants are available, please contact your Introduction to Psychology professor about the alternative assignment.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PARTICIPATION
3. It is your responsibility to remember the time of your appointment, the name of study and location of study.
4. Once you sign up for a study, it is critical that you show up for the study, and that you arrive on time. Investigators, including your fellow students, depend on your participation to complete their research projects in a timely manner, and "no shows" are costly in terms of both time and resources. Please sign up for studies only at times you are sure you can make it. If you do not show up for the study you will not receive credit. If you are more than 10 minutes late and/or the experiment has already started when you arrive, you may not be allowed to participate. If this happens you will not receive credit; you need to sign-up for another study.
5. If you must cancel your appointment, you are required to do so at least 24 hours in advance.
6. If the investigator is not at the designated room within ten minutes of the appointment time, you should leave a note on the door indicating that you were there at the appointed time and go immediately to the Psychology Office and leave a note in the faculty supervisor’s mailbox informing him/her of the investigator’s failure to keep the appointment.
7. You may choose not to participate after you’ve been instructed on the nature of the experiment. If you decide not to participate, inform the investigator you will be completing the alternative research assignment. Upon completion of the alternative research assignment you will be given full credit. Even if you initially agree to participate, you may still terminate your participation at any time during the investigation without penalty. Each participant may request a written description of the study upon its conclusion. This description will include references, which you may wish to explore if you find the topic interesting.
8. Your Psychology 100 Professor will get records of participation.. Investigators will record your participation on the SONA system and will forward credit to your professor informing him/her of the amount of credit you are to receive for your participation.
Note: Failure to complete the research requirement will result in your receiving an incomplete ("NG") in PSY 100. University policy states that "A GRADE OF NG IS CHANGED TO AN F AUTOMATICALLY IF THE REQUIREMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE NINTH WEEK OF THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER." If you need to complete the research requirement during the first nine weeks of the semester following your enrollment, please contact your PSY 100 instructor.
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