Your course requirement for research
Learning how psychologists do research is typically part of the course requirements for General Psychology; the best way to learn this is to participate in research studies. For this reason, students are given opportunities to participate in research studies of their choosing. Please consult your course syllabus to find out more about this requirement for your class. Your instructor and syllabus will explain how this credit influences your course grade. Note that 1 experimental credit = 1/2 hour of participation in a research study.
If you do not wish to participate in research studies, you may fulfill this course requirement through another assignment as described in your course syllabus.
The rest of this page explains how to fulfill this requirement by participating in research, and what you should learn from this experience.
Learn about psychological research by participating in research
The researcher will explain the purpose of each study to you. Following your participation, the researcher will explain how the data from the participants will be used to test hypotheses. You should feel free to ask questions of the researcher so that you understand why the researcher asked you to do particular tasks, what kind of data the researcher collected, and what the researcher hopes to learn from the data.
Your rights as a research participant
You can choose which studies you want to participate in by reading a written description of what the study involves prior to signing up for it. A wide variety of theoretical questions and research methods are used by researchers in the Department of Psychological Sciences, providing you with ample choice and variety of learning opportunities. At the beginning of a study, the researcher will inform you in detail what the study asks of you, what will be done with your data, and if there are any risks or benefits to participating. Virtually all studies here involve straightforward investigations that pose no hazard or discomfort to participate. However, a small number of studies may be bothersome or offensive to some people; this information is noted on the descriptions of the studies. Please make sure that you read and understand the description of any research study before you sign up for the study. Please note that some studies have restrictions regarding who may participate. If, after being informed about nature of studies or at any point during the study, you wish to stop participating in the study, please inform the researcher. You are not obligated to participate in a study which makes you uncomfortable or which you simply do not want to do. You may withdraw from the research study at any point. You will still receive credit for participating.