Participant Pool

Students enrolled in undergraduate psychology courses can sign up to participate in research studies using the Department of Psychological Sciences Experiment Participant Pool. The Participant Pool is also a resource for members of the Department who need a wide selection of student participants for their research.

For Students

Learning how psychologists do research is typically part of a research/science literacy component requirement for General Psychology or other psychology courses. The best way to learn this is to participate in research studies. For this reason, students in psychology courses are given opportunities to participate in research studies of their choosing.

Research Participation in the Sona System

We use the online Sona System to sign up for these research studies. The recommendation for Storrs General Psychology courses is 5 credits for the research/science literacy component for Spring 2024. Please consult your course syllabus to find out more about this requirement for your class. Your instructor and syllabus will explain how this credit influences your course grade. Note that 1 experimental credit equals a half-hour of participation in a research study. Thus, you may complete up to two and a half hours of research participation, that is, 5 experimental credits.

Learning about Psychological Research by Participating in Research

The researcher will explain the purpose of each study to you. Following your participation, the researcher will explain how the data from the participants will be used to test hypotheses. You should feel free to ask questions of the researcher so that you understand why the researcher asked you to do particular tasks, what kind of data the researcher collected, and what the researcher hopes to learn from the data.

Your Rights as a Research Participant

You can choose which studies you want to participate in by reading a written description of what the study involves prior to signing up for it. A wide variety of theoretical questions and research methods are used by researchers in the Department of Psychological Sciences, providing you with ample choice and variety of learning opportunities. At the beginning of a study, the researcher will inform you in detail what the study asks of you, what will be done with your data, and if there are any risks or benefits to participating. Virtually all studies here involve straightforward investigations that pose no hazard or discomfort to participate. However, a small number of studies may be bothersome or offensive to some people; this information is noted on the descriptions of the studies. Please make sure that you read and understand the description of any research study before you sign up for the study. Please note that some studies have restrictions regarding who may participate. If, after being informed about the nature of studies or at any point during the study, you wish to stop participating in the study, please inform the researcher. You are not obligated to participate in a study which makes you uncomfortable or which you simply do not want to do. You may withdraw from the research study at any point. You will still receive credit for participating.

Alternate Assignment

Alternately Storrs students may earn credits by writing a brief paper about a research article (2 credits per paper ~ 60 minutes of participation); and/or watching a research video and completing a quiz with a passing grade of 70% or higher (1 credit for approximately 30 minutes of participation). There are seven paper options and two research video options. A HuskyCT course site called “General Psychology Alternate Assignment” will be available to Storrs General Psychology students at about week four of the semester.

To access this assignment, please send us your NetID, General Psychology Course Number and Lecture Section Number by emailing before Friday, March 29th. Requests for the alternate will be added within 72 hours. Please note, you do not have to do any assignments here – it is only for students wishing for an alternative to research studies. Please check the “Important Dates” section for more information about when these assignments are due.

If you are at a regional campus (e.g., Hartford or Waterbury), see your instructor for alternate assignment options.

For Researchers

Psychological sciences faculty, post-doctoral students, graduate students, and undergraduate thesis writers can use the Participant Pool to recruit student participants for their research.

Important Dates

Spring 2024

  • Mass-Testing Survey available: Monday, January 29th – Friday, February 2nd
  • Last Day to request access to Alternate Assignments: Friday, March 29th
  • First day to participate in research studies (besides Mass-Testing Survey): Monday, February 5th
  • Alternate papers due via HuskyCT: Friday, April 5th
  • Last day to participate in research studies and alternate video quizzes: Wednesday, April 24th
  • Final day to confirm credits: Friday, April 26th
  • Credits sent to instructors by: Monday, April 29th

Contact Us

Please review the participant FAQ page before contacting us with questions.