Research Participants

Professors, psychology majors doing empirical comps projects, and students in psychology classes with labs conduct research every term and sometimes over breaks. There is always a high need for people willing to participate in research!

Reasons to Participate

Participation in research is an integral part of any academic study. Your participation in psychological research will likely teach you something about how this particular research is done, increase your interest in psychology as a field of study, and perhaps inspire you to conduct some psychological research during your undergraduate career.

More tangible benefits of being a participant include the compensations provided to participants. Each study has some reward offer for participants, which varies from candy or baked goods to cash or gift card payments to entrance in a lottery for prizes. Rewards are determined by considering the amount of work required of participants--the more work required, the better the prize.

Signing up

  • Look for advertisements in the NNB and posters on campus
  • Sign-up (usually by emailing the researcher)
  • Write down the date, time and location of your session
  • Arrive on time to your session and plan to stay for it's duration

Research Participants' Rights

We are committed to protecting your privacy and integrity as a research participant. You can be sure that every study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

You have the right to an explanation of any study before you agree to participate in it, and the right to chose not to participate at all. In addition, everything that you say or do during a research project is strictly confidential. If, for some reason, you suddenly decide that you would rather not participate in a research project after all, then just tell the researcher and they will allow you to leave. You cannot be penalized in any way for leaving a research session once it has begun.

If you have a complaint, concern, or suggestion about the project you participated in, please feel free to call Psychology Department Chair, IRB Chair, or the Associate Dean of the College. Your comments will be kept strictly confidential.

After the Research Session

When the research session is over, you will receive either a written or oral explanation of the research project. Pay close attention and ask any questions you have – this is your chance to find out what the research was all about.

The researcher may ask you not to share certain parts of the research with others. It is very important for the research project that you help them by not talking about their research. If you do talk, you may be ruining someone’s project.

If you are interested in learning about the outcomes of a research study, ask the researcher to keep you informed about the project.