The deadline for all
research participation (and alternative assignments) is Monday, December 1,
2014 @ 5 PM.
As part of the PSY 100 and PSY 250 course, you are required
to participate in departmental research studies OR alternative assignments
based on your reading of predetermined research articles.
Where do I go to sign
All experiments and alternative assignments will be posted
in the Psychology Experiment
Management System, called SONA. You will have to create an account using
your Oakland email address and a password that will be easy for you to
remember. Once you have created an account you can begin signing up for
research studies or the alternative assignments. Make sure to read the
instructions on how to create an account, find research studies that you
are eligible for, or find alternative assignments to complete.
How many research
studies or alternative assignments must I complete?
You are required to complete 8 research credits. Credits are
allocated in the following way:
1 credit for each ½ hour (30 minutes) of
in-person, laboratory research participation
½ credit for each ½ hour (30 minutes) of online
1 credit for each alternative assignment
How do I complete the
You must sign up in SONA for either the PSY 100 Alternative
Assignment or the PSY 250 Alternative Assignment. After you have created an
account in SONA you can complete the alternative assignment.
Step 1: Choose a Research Article
Choose an article from the list of pre-approved articles for
your course: Psy 100 list of articles or Psy 250 list of articles.
Step 2: Find the Research Article
Use the PsychINFO
search engine on the Kresge Library website to find the article. All
articles on the list can be accessed in electronic format.
Step 3: Read the Research Article
Read the article and take notes or highlight the important
information for later reference. Once you have read the article, you will then
be required to answer a series of questions about the article.
Step 4: Sign up for the Alternative Assignment in SONA
Log in to the SONA
system and click on “Study Sign-up.” You will then see a list of research
studies and the alternative assignment. Sign up for the “PSY 100 Alternative
Assignment” or the “PSY 250 Alternative Assignment.” Once you have signed up, a
link to the online quiz will become available for you to access.
Step 5: Complete the Survey/Quiz
When you are ready to complete the quiz, you can access the
link, which will take you to a survey/quiz in SURVEYMONKEY. Complete the quiz
for the article you just read.
Step 6: Keep a copy for your records
At the end of the survey a screen will be displayed with all
of your answers. It may be wise to save a screen shot of your answers or to
print a copy of your responses as proof that you completed the assignment (this
option is available to you during the quiz).
Step 7: Be patient and wait for your credits
It may take up to a week to receive your credits. At the end
of the semester, the final credits will be awarded shortly after the deadline. You
will receive one credit for each quiz you complete based on the reading of a
different article. If you plan to fulfill your research requirement by only
completing the alternative assignments, you will need to read 8 articles, sign
up for the alternative assignment in the SONA system, and complete eight
quizzes by the semester deadline. You can access the same link to complete each
quiz for a different article.
When will I receive
Make sure that you read the instructions or information
provided to you by the researcher conducting the study. This information may be
posted on SONA or may have been
provided to you in a document or online. It may take several days to be awarded
credit for participation. Please be patient and only contact the researcher
after an appropriate amount of time (i.e., the time specified in the
instructions or information) or several days after the closing of the session.
Your credits for the alternative assignment will be awarded
on a weekly basis.
When is the last day
to complete the research requirement?
For this semester, you must have all research participation
or alternative assignments completed by Monday, December 1, 2014 @ 5PM. This
will give researchers and the Subject Pool Coordinator enough time to award
appropriate credits before the end of the semester.
What happens if I do
not complete my credits on time?
For each credit you fail to complete, 2% will be deducted
from your final grade. For example, if you fail to complete 1 credit, 2% will
be deducted from your final grade. If you fail to complete 2 credits, 4% will
be deducted from your final grade and so on. Therefore, if you fail to complete
all 8 credits 16% will be deducted from your final grade (NO EXCEPTIONS). If you complete the research requirement, no
deductions or additions will be made to your grade.
What if there are no
Throughout the semester, new experiments and new openings
for existing experiments will be posted on SONA. Be patient and check the
system regularly (i.e., a few times per week).
If it is nearing the end of the semester and you have not
completed your credits, you must complete the alternative assignments to
complete the research requirement. There are no excuses. If there are no
research studies available, you must complete the alternative assignment. A lack
of available studies is not a valid excuse for not completing the research
requirement. Everyone is required to complete the research requirement either
by research participation or the alternative assignments.
What else might I
need to know?
If you do not remember your password you can
request your password to be sent to you on the SONA main page. Please attempt
this option prior to emailing the coordinator.
You need to be at least 18 years old to
participate in the experiments listed on SONA, unless otherwise specified in
the description of a specific experiment. If you are not at least 18 years old,
you will need to complete the alternative assignments.
Students who show up for experiments they are
not enrolled in will be refused the opportunity to participate.
If you cannot make a session that you have
signed up for, you should resign from that session. If it is too late to
resign, you should email the researcher conducting the study to inform them
that you will not be able to make the session. This may mean that you forfeit
your opportunity to participate in that particular study.
If you are having difficulty with SONA or have
specific questions about being a research participant, you may contact the
Subject Pool Coordinator, Dr. Scott Pickett, firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure
that you have attempted to answer your questions on your own prior to
contacting Dr. Pickett.
What if I am
participating for extra credit?
Extra credit is only awarded by instructors who have
designated participation in the Subject Pool as a viable extra credit option.
If your instructor has agreed to allow extra credit for experiment
participation, information regarding this option should have been made explicit
in your syllabus or by your instructor. If your instructor or your course is
not listed in SONA, extra credit is likely not an option for you.
If you are a PSY 100 or PSY 250 student, your instructor
must have explicitly stated that extra credit is an option. If it is an option,
you need to discuss this option with your instructor for the details. However,
you must complete the 8 mandatory credits prior to receiving any extra credit
for research participation in your course.