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Information for Participants

There are several ways to become a participant in a psychology experiment.

 

Fulfilling the research requirement for PSYC 100

An important goal of PSYC 100 is that all students in the course gain a strong understanding of how empirical research in psychology is conducted and used to evaluate theories. The best way to learn about the research process is to experience it first-hand. Some of the most exciting and cutting-edge research is being conducted right here at Maryland, so there’s no better opportunity to learn about scientific psychology than by participating in those studies. Therefore, all students taking PSYC 100 at the University of Maryland must satisfy the Department of Psychology’s Research Experience Requirement.

After you’ve completed participation in a study, the researchers will explain more about it, what they hope to learn from it, and how it was conducted to test a specific theory or research hypothesis. Participating in research not only helps the researchers, but it is also a great opportunity to ask questions about how experiments are designed and learn more about the different types of research conducted here.

All students are required to earn at least five research credits by the last day of class. The default way to earn these credits is to create an account on our research website (SONA Systems) and sign up for the studies you wish to participate in. The number of studies you’ll need to sign up for depends on how many credits each one is worth… one hour equals one credit, and studies range in duration from 30 minutes (1/2 credit) to three hours (3 credits). If for you prefer not to serve as a participant, you may elect to satisfy the requirement by writing review papers summarizing five research articles. (If you are under 18 years old, you must have parental assent on file for you to participate in the research or you may write the article summaries instead.) However, you must notify the Research Participation Administrator before the last day of schedule adjustment for the semester if you wish to register for the research alternative. Papers cannot be used to make up research credits at the end of the semester.

Click here to download a copy of the Research Experience Requirement policy.

Students who are under 18 years of age must obtain parental permission to participate in research. If you are under 18, please follow the instructions for people in the under-18 age group.

If you choose to participate in research, follow the instructions to enroll in the SONA system and sign up for experiments.

Please treat your scheduled research appointments like any professional meetings. If you sign up for an experiment and do not show up at the time you signed up for (and did not cancel properly following the instructions below), you may lose your opportunity to participate in experiments.

The system will automatically keep a record of your participation. If you are in multiple courses that are allowing you to get extra credit from research participation you MUST indicate which credits will be assigned to which course. If you want to change the course that gets the credits, see the instructions for reassigning credits.

If you are retaking PSYC 100 and completed the Research Requirement the first time you took the course, please follow the instructions about how to receive credit for having previously fulfilled the Research Requirment. Note that you can only receive credit for research completed when you took the course the first time if you fulfilled the full five hours required. Partial progress towards fulfilling the requirement cannot be carried over


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Research Participation for Extra Credit

Your instructor may offer you the opportunity to participate in psychology studies for credit in this course.

If you are under 18, please follow the instructions for people in the under-18 age group.

See the instructions for using the SONA System for and explanation of how to enroll in the Psychology Department Experimental Credit System and how to sign up for experiments.

When you participate in an experiment you will gain credit hours. However, if you sign up for an experiment and do not show up at the time you signed up for (and did not cancel properly within 24 hours, following the instructions below), you will lose credit hours from the extra points that you have accumulated for participating in experiments.

Your instructor will explain how many credit hours you may earn for this course, and how these credit hours will influence your course grade.

At the end of the semester, your earned credit hours will be automatically reported to the instructor or instructors of the classes for which you have selected your earned credits to apply towards.

The system will automatically keep a record of your participation. If you are in multiple courses that are allowing you to get extra credit from research participation you MUST indicate which credits will be assigned to which course. If you want to change the course that gets the credits, see the instructions for reassigning credits.

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Paid Research Participation Opportunities

Researchers in the department of psychology frequently offer pay for participating in research.

The SONA System site for paid research participation opportunities is an entirely different, stand-alone website. This requires setting up a new participant account to register for paid opportunities. Participants may follow the same procedure and guidelines when creating a 'Paid' account. Simply make sure that you are on the correct SONA System website. You may sign up for paid studies through the SONA system.

Please note that paid studies NEVER count toward class credit and that studies for class credit are never paid.

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Questions not answered above?  Email the SONA System Administrator directly atSONAhelp@umd.edu

 

In the Department

 

Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Clinical Psychological Science program

The Department offers a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Clinical Psychological Science program. This program provides rigorous training in the scientific approach to clinical psychology, emphasizing evidence-based psychological assessment and intervention. Students will be exposed to contemporary theories of clinical disorders and empirically supported interventions for the treatment of these disorders. The program is designed for working professionals and will prepare students for a range of careers in mental health and related areas (including research and education) and can serve as academic preparation for those interested in pursuing further doctoral training in clinical or counseling psychology. For more information on the MPS program please follow this link.

Training Opportunity for Mental Health Care Professionals

The Department of Psychology also provides a unique training opportunity for mental health professionals. The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Working with Survivors of Violence, Torture, and Trauma (VTT): Theoretical Foundations and Mental Health is designed for psychologists, counselors, family therapists, or social workers seeking to develop or enhance knowledge related to serving survivors of trauma and/or torture. The 12‐credit, four‐course, fully online program is open to students with a master's or doctoral degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or related fields from an accredited institution. Courses may also fulfill continuing education and licensure requirements. For more information, please follow this link.

 

Psychology Graduate Students Are Being Published!

Our students are publishing and we want to share their publications with you! So next time you are going to a meeting in the big conference room or just walking down the hall, stop and check out the bulletin board located next to the entrance to 1142. The Graduate Office will be posting student publications there. Of course, there isn't room to
show the entire publication, but the cover page will be there and we will highlight a link to the article so that you can read it in its entirety later. New publications we will be posted every few weeks.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

NOV 17

Jude Cassidy Distinguished Scholar Teacher Presentation

Early Experiences, Later Functioning:How and Why a Secure Base Matters Compelling research evidence indicates that secure attachment is linked to a variety of aspects of children’s healthy development. This presentation presents a comprehensive model whereby both cognitive and non-cognitive mechanisms may mediate the link between secure attachment and children’s response to threat, with consideration of long-term and pervasive mental and physical health functioning. A reception with snacks and beverages will be served after the presentation. All undergraduate psychology students are encouraged to join us for the presentation and stay for the reception.

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