Participating in Psychological Research (SONA)

Participating in Psychological Research (SONA)

Earn Bonus Marks by Participating in Psychological Research (SONA)

If you are taking either PSYC 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 or NEUR 2001, 2002, you can earn bonus marks to raise your final mark up to a maximum of 4%.  If you are taking more than one of these courses in the same term, you will need to earn 4% for each course.

You can earn bonus marks by participating in psychological studies being conducted by faculty and graduate students in the 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: experiments (conducted in a lab on campus) and online surveys (completed online from any computer).  The number of bonus marks that you receive varies depending on the type of study (experiment or online survey) and the study duration.

Experiments:

For each block of 60 minutes that you spend participating in an experiment, you will raise your grade by 1%:

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

Online surveys

For each block of 60 minutes that you spend participating in an online survey, you will raise your grade by 0.5%:

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

At the beginning of the term that you are taking PSYC 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 or NEUR 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 4% bonus marks.

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:

Bonus Marks for PSYC 1001 & 1002

Bonus Marks for PSYC 2001 & 2002/NEUR 2001 & 2002

Video – Participating in Psychological Research

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