PSY101 Research Participation Requirement

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All students enrolled in PSY 101 must complete the following course requirements.

Before the last week of class all students enrolled in PSY 101 are required to participate in research conducted by members of the Psychology Department or write reports on psychological research in psychology. Non-completion of this requirement will result in a grade of incomplete (“I”). A grade of incomplete results in being unable to register for courses that require PSY 101 as a pre-requisite, e.g., PSY 230 or PSY 350. If the Sona requirements are still unmet after one year, the grade of incomplete “I” will automatically turn into a grade of “E.”

This course process will earn 6 credits which can be achieved in several combinations:

  • Be part of an in-person study or studies – earning you .5 to 3 credits
  • Complete an on-line study or studies – earning you .5 to 3* credits (*maximum)
  • Write a research paper or papers – earning you 1 credit each

Note: You can earn 1 credit during your first week after add/drop by simply filling out the Psychology Department Research Questionnaire but be aware that this questionnaire is available only for a limited time at the beginning of the semester. You will receive an email when the survey is open for participation.

FOR STUDENTS UNDER AGE 18: Federal law requires that we not allow you to participate in a research study until you reach the age of majority (18 years old). Ask your PSY 101 instructor for additional information on your required non-research assignments for the semester. 

Remember that you have the option to mix a combination of research and report credits (e.g., 4 hours of research credit and 2 hours of report credit). The critical point is that they total 6 hours of credit. Also note that of the 6 total required credits, a maximum of 3 hours can be taken from web-based experiments.

Here's How It Works
You are required to complete the required experimental research credits by the posted close date. Failure to do so will result in a grade of Incomplete for the course. Please plan to complete this requirement before the last week of classes. You may combine research and report credits to complete your requirements.

Research Participation Credit. Research participation credit is awarded in units of ½ credit or more. Different experiments award different amounts of credit but are roughly 1 credit hour for each hour of participation. You may earn from ½ credit to 2 credits by completing a single experiment.

Students who do not show up three times for studies, and do not cancel prior to the study, will be barred from signing up for any additional experiments.

How to Sign Up for Research Participation Credit

  • Go to
  • Log in using your ASURite id and the initial password provided to you. Change the password to one of your choosing when you login.
  • If you experience any problems logging in, click on to email your question.
  • Read the Human Subjects Policy Memo. Click on "yes" if you agree.
  • Click on "My Profile." Make sure your information is correct. Click on "Update" if you make any changes.
  • Click on "Experiments." Click on an experiment name to view the description of that experiment. Click on "view time slots" to sign up for the experiment.
  • Click on "My Schedule" to view the experiments you have signed up for and for credits/no-shows you have earned.

Online Sign-up:

There are important reasons for these requirements. First, psychology is a scientific discipline. The laws of behavior you are studying are based on research findings. Having an understanding of these findings are the basis of psychology.

Psychology is also a rapidly growing science, expanding on many fronts. There are many questions to be answered; hypotheses to be tested; and problems to be solved. Most professors in the Department of Psychology are active researchers. Results from these experiments - the very ones you may participate in - shape current and future developments in psychology. Your textbook likely contains results from faculty here at ASU.

Formal research in psychology extends back to the mid-1800's. Psychological journals appeared as early as the late 1800's. For the past 100 years, the vast bulk of published findings in many subfields have come from university students who have chosen to participate in approved experiments. Virtually all principles in psychology, both applied as well as theoretical, can be traced to research findings obtained from research labs.

The best way to learn about research is to directly participate in research or to review published research findings. Participating in the experiments will enhance your knowledge of psychology while maintaining the continued development of theory in psychology. When you choose to participate in one of the approved experiments, you will see the process from within. You are encouraged to ask questions about the research. If you choose to write a report on a published study, you will discover how researchers translate theoretical questions into testable hypotheses while adding new results to the field. Either experience provides you with insight into the research process.

If you decide to review a published research study, you will be able to choose from a large array of suitable, refereed journals. These journals contain articles that have been carefully reviewed by other colleagues in psychology prior to publication. Because these journals accept only refereed studies, the studies contain research findings that have followed sound and established principles of science.

Student Protection and Research Participation. 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:

  • Informed Consent. Each posted experiment contains a brief description of what the experiment is about. (e.g., whether the experiment involves memory or perception or group decision-making, etc). When you sign up for an experiment, you are giving your informed consent to participate in that experiment. This means that you have willingly selected to participate. In these cases, the consent form is kept on file in the departmental office. Giving your informed consent does not negate your right to withdraw from any experiment for whatever reason. If the experiment includes minors (individuals under 18 years of age), then the researchers MUST obtain parental permission and student assent prior to the minor's involvement in the research project.
  • Confidentiality. All data collected are kept strictly confidential, to the extent permitted by law. The only persons with access to data are those directly associated with the experiment. Data are typically kept in locked files in locked lab rooms.
  • Withdrawing from an experiment. Once you have started a study, you may withdraw from it at any time for any reason without penalty, as long as you inform the researcher of your decision. To find the researcher’s email address, log into Sona and click on the name of the study. You will find the researcher’s information in the window that opens.

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.

Cancelling Appointments for Study Participation:

1. log onto
2. click on "My Schedule," click on the cancel button next to the experiment you had scheduled
3. Cancel your experiment appointment.

Telephone Appointments. Some experimenters prefer to recruit students by telephone to schedule appointments. If you are called by an experimenter and can be there for the experiment, be sure to get all the information: date, time, room number, experiment number, and the experimenter's name.

Report Credit. Report credit is awarded in units of 1 credit. A summary (350 words) of a research report of any length in a journal published by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the American Psychological Society (APS), if done appropriately, earns 1 credit. The journals cover all of the major areas of Psychology - Social, Clinical, Developmental, Cognitive, Animal, Neuroscience, etc. Instructions for these reports and websites to locate acceptable journals are posted here.

Grade of Incomplete:

  • Removal of Incomplete: If you received an "I" because of this course requirement, the "I" will be removed, and the grade will be changed on your transcript after you complete the experimental credits. Credits to complete the requirement can be earned either during the Spring, Summer or Fall Semesters.
  • Incomplete for other Reasons: If you find that you will be unable to complete the course work assigned by your instructor for medical, family, or other personal reasons, ask the instructor to help you start the necessary paperwork.