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Participating in Research for Course Credit

Participation Requirements

  • There is a research requirement for PSYC 2, 4, & 8 courses, designed to provide students with some understanding of the methods and procedures used to conduct psychological research. To satisfy this requirement, students must complete research work by either participating in actual psychology research studies conducted by Psychology faculty and students or completing an alternative writing assignment.

  • PSYC 2 and 8 students are required to complete 3 hours of research participation for each class.

  • PSYC 4 students are required to complete 2 hours of research participation.

  • Students in courses that begin at 5pm or later are exempt from this requirement.

Participation Procedures

To complete the required hours, participants must:

  1. Register at Sona and sign up for study participation. Contact the SONA website administrator at if you have any problems registering to the site.
  2. Show up for the their appointments with their 4-digit participant ID number handy, and complete the studies
  3. Monitor their credit earnings online and make sure they satisfy their requirements by the last day of the semester (no studies are available during finals week) or by their instructor's deadline.

A note about online studies: Due to the coronavirus, students may complete 100% of their required research participation hours for all classes by participating in online experiments.

Alternative Writing Assignment

Students not wishing to participate in research have the option of completing an alternative research assignment. This assignment is intended to demonstrate your learning about research methods, even if only second-hand, by reviewing reports of research studies that have recently been completed and published in Psychology research journals.

  • This alternative assignment contains three parts. All parts must be completed satisfactorily in order to receive credit. Carefully follow the detailed instructions for the assignment.

  • Click here to submit your work.

  • The Research Participation Alternative Assignment is due Monday, April 27.

Contact Dr. Harrison at if you have any questions.