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 (memphis.sona-systems.com).
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 you 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, and occasionally sign-up sheets are provided
in class. 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.