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Psychology Department Subject Pool Information

A primary goal in our Introductory Psychology classes is to foster an appreciation and understanding of psychological research. All students will receive 1 credit per hour of participation in experiments. ALL students enrolled in Psychology 1030 will be required to participate in a minimum of 4 hours of research experiments with the first 1 hour of credit being the completion of the screening surveys available to the student when he/she signs up for the online Sona System (

Although you should check with your professor, usually it is possible for you to receive extra credit above and beyond the 4-credit hours needed for the class. This extra credit is earned in exactly the same way as the regular credit (an hour of participation in research for 1 hour of research credit). Typically, Psychology 1030 students have the opportunity to receive additional extra credit by participating in more than the 4 required credit hours. Any additional extra credit opportunities provided through the Subject Pool are given at the discretion of the course instructor. See your course syllabus or your instructor for a more detailed explanation.

If you have any questions concerning these requirements, it is best to ask your instructor for specifications. The experimenters may not know how your instructor will tally the points for grading.

The primary means for satisfying this requirement will be for each student to serve as a participant in department research projects. All schedules for research projects can be found on the online Sona System. An alternative is provided for students who do not wish to participate in research studies (see Alternatives to Experiments).

It is the responsibility of the experimenters to provide a debriefing for each subject in his or her experiment; that is, to describe and discuss the project with each participant. This is important to facilitate your learning more about research. You should feel free to ask any questions about the project. Please note that it is unlikely that a psychology project will make you feel uncomfortable, and any participation is voluntary.

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