Participate in Studies

Students in Psyc 101 and Psyc courses offering extra credit for research participation: Click the logo and sign-up to participate in studies via the Research Participant Pool Website! Have a smart phone? Download the Free Sona Mobile app!

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Not in a class offering extra credit for research participation? Participate in studies and be entered in our Psychology Research Data Collection Raffle!

Getting the Most Out Of Research Participation*

All participants will be provided with feedback concerning the purposes and expectations of the studies in which they participate during a debriefing period. We strongly encourage participants to ask questions during this time. You may often get as much out of the discussion following the experiment as you do during actual participation. The researchers will be more than happy to discuss any aspect of the study with you. Basically, you'll get as much out of the experience as you put into it.

By participating in research, you are providing a very valuable service to the psychology department. Your contribution in this regard is highly valued and much appreciated. As an integral component of the research done in the psychology department, you can and should expect to be treated with respect and kindness, and to be fully debriefed at the end of an experiment. If, at any time, you are unhappy with your experience, please call Angie Draheim (x4290). We would not only like to make your participation in psychological research and educational experience, but a pleasurable one as well.

Sometimes the nature of an experiment isn't fully understood, even after the experimenter or his/her assistant has attempted to explain it. If there are questions or concerns about a project that you wish to discuss at sometime in the future, we ask that you contact Angie Draheim at x4290 or Dr. Roger Stanton, Chair of the Institutional Review Board, irb@smcm.edu, x4359.

* adapted from Sieber, J. E. (1999). What makes a subject pool (un)ethical? In G.D. Chastain & R.E. Landrum (Eds.), Protecting human subjects: Departmental subject pools and institutional review boards (pp.43-63). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.