Participating in Psychological Research (SONA)

Participating in Psychological Research (SONA)

Research Participation Credits

 If you are taking PSYC 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, you will have the opportunity to have an “up close” look at psychology research through research participation. Research participation comes in several forms (i.e., lab studies, online studies, reading and writing about research articles). All are designed to foster understanding and appreciation of psychology research.

Research Participation credits are worth 4%.

**Important Change for Fall 2015**

        PSYC 1001 and 1002: 4% Research Participation Credits count towards final grade.

   PSYC 2001 and 2002: 4% Research Participation Credits count as bonus grades.

Participating in Psychology Studies for Credit

One way to earn research participation marks is by participating in psychology studies conducted by psychology professors, graduate students, and honours thesis students from Carleton University’s Psychology Department.  In order to see a list of the available studies, you will need to log into the SONA system at http://carleton.sona-systems.com.

There are two types of studies that you can sign-up for:

  • Lab studies (conducted in a lab, typically on campus)
  • Online studies (completed online from any computer).

Lab studies: For each 30 minute block that you spend participating in a lab study on campus, you will earn 0.5%. There is no cap (i.e., no limit) on the number of lab studies you can participate in up to the maximum of 4% towards your research participation credits.

  • (up to) 30 min lab study = 0.5%
  • 31-60 min lab study = 1.0%
  • 61-90 min lab study = 1.5%
  • 91-120 min lab study = 2% … etc.

Online studies: For each 30 minute block that you spend participating in an online study, you will earn .25%. There is a cap on the number of online studies you can participate in; you can earn a maximum of 3% (of the 4%) towards your research participation credits by participating in online studies. The remaining 1% can be earned by lab study participation or reading and writing about research articles for credit.
* The reason for the online cap is that we want to encourage students to experience a lab study which typically provides a richer and more interactive experience.

  • (up to) 30 min survey = 0.25%
    •  31-60 min survey = 0.5%
    •  61-90 min survey = 0.75%
    •  91-120 min = 1% … etc.

Reading and Writing about Research Articles for Credit

An alternative way to earn your 4% research participation credits is by reading and answering    questions about research articles (see your course outline for more details).

At the beginning of the term that you are taking PSYC 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, you will receive     an e-mail containing your SONA login information and instructions explaining how to use the system.  You will then have until the last day of classes for the term to earn your research participation credits (i.e., through psychology studies and/or alternative written assignments).

If you have not received an e-mail by the end of the first full week of classes or have questions, you should contact the Ethics TA (Blair) at blair.aronovitch@carleton.ca .

For additional information about the SONA system, please read the following:

Research Participation Credits for PSYC 1001 & 1002 (to be posted in August 2015)

Research Participation Guidelines for 2001 and 2002 July 18 2015

 

 

Video – Participating in Psychological Research

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