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Students registered for summer sessions Psychology 101 (Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science) must participate in five (5) hours of research studies as a participant in the Introductory Psychology Subject Pool. Participation credit will be assigned in one-hour (1.0) and half-hour (0.5) increments so each study may earn up to 2.0 credits.

Students who are enrolled in night classes or online classes are not exempt from participation.

Students who are under the age of 18 at the beginning of the term (as of January 6, 2016) are EXEMPT from participation in the Subject Pool. This means they do not participate in the studies. They also do not have to submit journal summaries as alternative assignments. They do not have to contact the Subject Pool Coordinator to inform her of their exempt status.

Although one purpose of the participation requirement is to provide subjects for psychological research by faculty and students in the department, the studies are also designed to be part of the learning experience of introductory psychology. The studies are designed and conducted by psychology faculty, graduate students, and senior honor students. The collected data is used in psychology journal articles, doctoral dissertations, or senior honor theses.

If students prefer not to take advantage of the learning opportunities provided through participation, they may choose to complete the Alternative Assignments. These papers are graded Pass/Fail. Each passing alternative assignment is worth 1 participation credit. If you fail to complete either 5 hours of research studies or alternative assignments, or a combination of both to equal 5 participation credits, you will receive an ‘X’ for the course.

The Subject Pool is managed on-line through the Sona-Systems Research Participation Management System. Students may access the website by clicking on the line, “Subject Pool Research Participation Login” below. All enrolled introductory students who register on time will automatically be registered in the Sona Systems website. Students who register late should contact the Subject Pool Coordinator to have an account established.


  • Friday, April 8, 2016 by 12:00 p.m. – Alternative assignments DUE – both e-mail and hard copy submissions.
  • Friday, April 8, 2016 – Final date for running studies. Pre-registration required.

Please click on the following links for more detailed participation requirements.