Psychology Participant Pool Policies & Recommendations

No show policy and recommended syllabus wording

We cannot deduct points for no shows. We can, however, deduct from students’ allowable credit points for research participation equivalent to the number of points that they missed. They can make up the lost opportunity by completing the alternate extra credit point assignment. The department has taken this route and has added it to their research policy. A proposed policy statement is included below.

Recommended wording: In addition to the 100 points you can earn in the class from regular course work, you can earn up to 6 extra credit points for completing research that is advertised on the SONA website or reading a scientific journal article related to __________ psychology, and summarizing that article (the specific requirements are available on Bb). By participating in a research study, you earn a certain number of research units depending on how much time is required of you. In this course, 2 research units = 1 extra credit point.

If you sign up for research and miss your assigned time without first cancelling your appointment, then the number of extra credit points you would have earned from that study will be deducted from the number of extra credit points you can earn in this class. For example, if you sign up for a study worth 3 extra credit points and you miss that appointment without cancelling, you can then only earn up to 3 extra credit points for research. You can make up the lost points, however, by doing the research journal article summary instead.

Policy regarding extra credit for research


Minutes Credits Online Credits Lab
Up to 15 minutes 0.5 2.5
Up to 30 minutes 1 3
Up to 45 minutes 1.5 3.5
Up to 60 minutes 2 4
Up to 75 minutes 2.5 4.5
Up to 90 minutes 3 5
Up to 105 minutes 3.5 5.5
Up to 120 minutes 4 6

Policy regarding the usage of CSUSB participant pool by researchers external to CSUSB

Use of the SONA system in the psychology department at CSUSB is reserved for CSUSB faculty members and students, and their collaborators. That is, only CSUSB faculty members, CSUSB students, and external researchers who are collaborating with faculty or CSUSB students can collect participants via SONA. Collaboration means that one or more CSUSB faculty members or students will be authors on resulting manuscripts and conference presentations. Non-CSUSB researchers can access the psychology participant pool through advertisements and by offering monetary (or other) incentives.

Lab study participation information and syllabus wording

New instructors who must or opt to offer extra for research need to include the option in their syllabi. In order to not coerce students into completing research, extra credit for research cannot be offered unless an alternative extra credit option is also included. For example, for students who wish to earn extra credit but not complete research, they could be offered the chance to select one empirical article related to a topic discussed in class and write a summary of that research to receive 3 units of credit.

Suggested statement to include on syllabi: You have the opportunity to earn _____ extra credit points in this course by participating in approved psychology research. Your participation in these studies is voluntary. Studies are posted on the psychology participant SONA website which you can access from the department website (go to the psychology website, chose “Student Research” then “student research participation.”). Because research participation is voluntary, you can chose to do the alternative option to earn extra credit. This option entails… (up to instructor to determine).

Quality of participation concern and recommended syllabus wording

Under STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC DISHONESTY, instructors could include the following info: STATEMENT ON SCIENTIFIC HONESTY: It is also unethical to participate in research without being truthful in your responses or truly engaged. The results from students’ involvement in psychological research are published in scientific journals, reported in the media, and printed in textbooks. Misrepresentation of your beliefs, thoughts, or behaviors, whether purposeful or due to indifference is dishonest and contributes to bad science and public misconceptions of human experience. If this is unclear in any way, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!