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You will be using our Psychology Department’s SONA system to sign up for research studies – and to complete the Psychology Department Research Questionnaire at the beginning of the semester. The Research Questionnaire may make you eligible for particular studies, ones which require an Invitation Code.
There will be no access into the SONA system until approximately one week after the first day of classes each semester. At this time, you will have one week to complete the Research Questionnaire posted on SONA, after which sign-ups for research studies will become available. Your instructor will provide the exact dates for the semester in which you are taking PSY 101.
Your login is your ASUrite name (i.e. janedoe1), not your ID number.
The initial password is: psych101. Please change it in your profile after you login.
Research studies are posted throughout the semester, and timeslots are added daily. Timeslots fill fast so check back often for availability. Many studies can be completed online.
If you sign up for an in-person study, arrive before your scheduled appointment. Know the exact name of the study and location of where the study is being held. Follow ASU's COVID-management strategies. Stay close to the room and listen for your name to be called. You do not want to receive an unexcused absence for missing your studies.
Some researchers prefer to recruit students by phone to schedule appointments. If you are called by a researcher and can be there for the study, be sure to get all the information: date, time, room number, study number, and the researcher's name.
If you find that you cannot attend a study, cancel the study through the SONA website, or contact the researcher ASAP prior to the study. Do not contact the PSYwebmaster, the Psychology Department , or your instructor if you cannot make it to a study. Only the researchers can excuse your absence. You can find the researcher's contact information by clicking on the name of the study in Sona-systems.
1. Log onto the SONA website.
2. Click on "My Schedule," and then click on the Cancel button next to the study you had scheduled
3. Cancel your appointment.
If you cancel 24 hours or more before the study, it will not count as an absence.
Not showing up for an in-person study without canceling the appointment is an enormous waste of departmental resources. A research team is there for that time slot, leaving them without a research participant and preventing other students from having signed up for a slot that's in high demand. The same is true for online studies: those time slots are carefully allocated to researchers, and not completing an online study for which you signed up (without canceling your "appointment") prevents other students from signing up for that slot, and the researcher may lose that time slot for their research.
Students who receive three (3) unexcused absences for studies will be barred from signing up for any additional research participation and will not be able to complete future studies for which they’ve signed up. In such cases, the only way to earn extra credit for PSY 101 is to write reports summarizing journal articles for credit.
All research conducted in the Department of Psychology has been carefully reviewed by the University Institutional Review Board (IRB). The function of the IRB, in part, is to ensure the safety, rights, and dignity of participants.
Participation in experiments entails additional safeguards:
ASU Standard Rights. If you have any questions about your rights as a subject/participant in research – or if you feel you have been placed at risk – you can contact the Chair of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, through the ASU Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, at (480) 965-6788.