Students in the Introductory Psychology course (W1001/BC1001) are expected to participate in psychology experiments as part of the intro course experience. This participation is intended to further psychological research and to give students useful exposure to research.

The experiments are conducted by faculty members and graduate students and they cover a wide range of topics in psychology including cognition, sensation, perception and social psychology. All research is reviewed by a university-wide committee and only studies that are given a certificate of approval are part of the Science of Psychology course roster for subject pool student sign-up.

Participation in these studies (6 credits-worth, each credit earned with one half hour participation) is meant to be an interesting and educational experience where students gain first-hand exposure to the procedures and research methods used by psychologists. After each experiment, the researcher will explain the purpose, theoretical background and implications. In addition to the question and answer period, it may be possible to tour the lab or see a demonstration of data scoring and analysis and at the study's completion, see a presentation of results or view a poster presentation.



Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Tip: try to get as many of your credits done before the midterm as it can be more difficult to find experiment times afterward.

Sign-up: This is managed through the web by Experimetrix
Be sure to record the following information from the experiment sign up form
  1. the study number
  2. the location of the study (building & room)
  3. the date & time
  4. contact information (researcher's name & who to contact via phone/email)



For Students:  Instructions, Research Participation Record, and Feedback

Here is a copy of the Instructions and Research Participation Record. Please be sure to take the Research Participation record to every study and fill it in after completing the study. This way you will have a record of your participation in case something goes wrong. Also, please provide feedback on the studies. You can use the form or submit your feedback electronically using this link.

For Researchers: 

Here is a link to the Application for Using the Participant Pool. Remember that the debriefing must be written at the appropriate level and be educationally meaningful for introductory level psychology students. Here are links that will direct you to your debriefing guidelines and a sample debriefing that can be used as a model.



How do I know my participation has been recorded?

Experimenters will award you credit on Experimetrix.  You can check the records there. If it has been a week since you participated in a study and it has not been recorded on Experimetrix, you may use email to contact the Subject Pool Coordinator, Jen Silvers.

What if an experimenter doesn’t show up for our appointment?

If the experimenter fails to keep the appointment, first make sure you've gone to the right location (check in Experimetrix if you don’t have the information with you). If you are in the right place and you have been there for 10 minutes after your appointment time, report it immediately via email to . Provide her with the experiment code, time, date, and your name.

How many credits is each study worth? 

You earn one credit for every half hour or part of a half hour you are in a study. (e.g., 20 minutes = 1 credit, 30 minutes = 1 credit, 40 minutes = 2 credits, 60 minutes = 2 credits)  The maximum number of credits you can receive for one study is 3 (for participation of no more than 1.5 hours).