Students in PSYC 100 have the option of volunteering in psychological research being conducted by
faculty and advanced students in the Psychology Department.This is a voluntary activity that is
acknowledged by awardingup to 5% bonus marks on your final grade (if you complete all 5 hours of
research participation). These bonus marks will be added to your final grade at the end of the year.
Research participationcannot improve a failing grade to a pass.
Although participation is not a requirement, we do consider it to be an integral part of the course and
encouragestudents to contribute up to 5 hours of their time throughout the Fall-Winter Session,
ending on the last day of classes. Students gain valuable direct experience in methods of
psychological investigation, and contribute to research.
Some of the material in PSYC 100 that you are required to learn and think about has to do directly
with psychological experimentation. For example, how can you ensure that you are measuring what
you think you are measuring? Research questions such as these are not easily answered by textbook
examples. Participation in aresearch study will help you see some of the research methodology of
Each study in which your participation is solicited has been reviewed in detail and cleared by the
Department’s Ethics Review Committee. Nevertheless, you may decline to participate, for any reason
at all, in any study for which you sign up. You may also direct any ethical concerns to the researcher or
Participant Pool Officer.
At the conclusion of each study in which you participate, you should be provided with information
about the purpose of the study and other relevant details. The idea is to ensure that your
participation will benefit your education, as well as add to the fund of knowledge in psychology. You
are warmly encouraged to ask questions about the research in order that you understand fully why
the study is being conducted, and what your role is, as a participant.
HOW TO USE THE PARTICIPANTPOOL
• Each student will receive an email containing instructions and a password to book appointments
using the on-line ParticipantPool sign-up system (SONA). This email will be sent to your Queen's
emailafter the end of the add/drop period (around the 3rd week of Sept)
• For each ½ hour, or portion thereof, of participation in a study, students will receive 0.5% bonus
added to their final grade.If you can't find the original email sent to you about the participant pool,
just click on theParticipant Pool linkand follow the instructions for a forgotten password.
• Signing up for studies is done through the Participant pool website (click here).
• Note: If you have completed the voluntary Participant Pool prescreening questionnaire (done the
first week of classes), you may be contacted directly by researchers.
• Students will be able to cancel appointments electronically up to 3 hours prior to their
appointment. Please note that students must contact the researcher via email if they need to
cancel an appointment 3 hours prior to the appointed time. Students who do not cancel the
appointment and fail to show up will be penalized. The penalty is equal to the credit value for the
study that is missed. You will never lose credits already accrued, regardless of the penalty. For
example, you could have 3 credits in penalties, but if you have already earned 4 prior credits, you