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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.
  • The number of research hours you must complete depends on the course and semester you are enrolled. You will receive one half-credit (0.5) for every 30 minutes of study participation.
  • The current requirement is 5.0 credits for the Fall of 2020.
  • Students may also earn credit by writing article review papers. An example paper template and article are available below. Papers are worth either 0.5 or 1 credit depending on length.
  • NEW FOR FALL 2020 - Students may earn research credit by participating in pseudo-studies. These can be found through SONA and do not require participants to be over the age of 18 to complete.
  • Failure to fulfill the necessary hours of credit will result in a drop of one letter grade for the course with the requirement. 
  • 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.


Researchers: please feel free to reach out the RP Pool Coordinator with questions, especially when setting up your first study.

Since Fall 2010, the Psychology Department Research Pool has been using the Sona Systems portal to manage experiment participation. Go to the Sona website for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact the Research Participant Pool Coordinator.

RP Pool Coordinator
Patrick Doyle
Office 437, Psychology Building
Office Hours: By Appointment

Faculty Contact
W. Keith Campbell, PhD

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