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Subject pool overview - Level 1 - 2009 by sdfsb346f


Subject pool overview - Level 1 - 2009

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In this department considerable emphasis is placed on learning about psychological
research. During your 1st and 2nd years you attend practical classes in which you
learn about designing and running experiments and other types of research. In your
final year you will design and run your own investigation under the supervision of a
member of staff. In addition to the research work carried out by the undergraduate
students, a considerable amount of other research by postgraduate students and staff
is conducted throughout the year. This research, and its dissemination to the wider
academic community, plays an important role in providing a thriving research
environment and in maintaining and improving the reputation of the department.

A) Research participation for CREDITS:
All single and joint honours psychology undergraduates in this department are
requested to participate in studies run by 3rd year students and staff. If you contribute
twelve hours of your time to research participation during the first two years of your
degree then in your third year you will be eligible to use the subject pool to recruit
participants for your final year project. IF YOU FAIL TO COMPLETE TWELVE

If you sign up for a study and you realise you cannot turn-up for it you must let the
researcher know BEFOREHAND. Informing the researcher before your assigned test
time slot will ensure that, even though you will not receive the associated credits, you
also will not incur a penalty for not showing up.

Penalty for failure to turn up to a study.
If you are late or fail to show up for a study for which your attendance was expected
then you will incur a PENALTY. You will be 'fined' credits to the value that you would
have earned by participating in the study. This will mean having to contribute more
than the standard twelve hours of your time, in order to be eligible to use the subject
pool in your final year.

Note that acting as a participant in a practical class does not fall under the subject
pool scheme and neither does serving as a paid participant (see Part B, below).

How the subject pool works:
Studies are carried out by staff, postgraduate students, and third-year students. As a
participant, you will earn credits each time you take part in a study.
1 CREDIT = 15 MINUTES OF PARTICIPATION. Thus you need to accumulate 48
credits by the end of the second year to be eligible to use the subject pool in your final

The Experiment Management System (EMS)
This on-line system advertises the studies and provides information about them.
Participants sign up to take part in studies using this system. The system records
which studies you have participated in and how many credits you have earned. Details
of how to use the system are provided in separate documentation - 'Experiment
Management System: Participant Documentation'.
NB: The only way to earn credits is to sign up for studies on the Experiment
Management System. Any studies you may hear about that are not listed on the EMS
will not be able to provide you with credits.

No study can provide you with less than 1 credit (i.e. 15 minutes of participation) and all
studies must be rounded up to the nearest whole credit (i.e. the nearest 15 minutes). Thus
a study that takes 35 minutes to complete should be advertised as providing 3 credits (i.e.
45 minutes worth of credits). The advertised duration of an study should take into account
such preliminaries as an introduction and explanation of the procedure and a debriefing at
the end.

If a study takes longer than expected you should be credited with additional time
(rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes), but if it is shorter than anticipated you should
be credited with the advertised amount of time.

When you have completed a study you are entitled to a debriefing by the researcher,
in the form of feedback regarding the aims and results of the study. We suggest that
researchers e-mail a summary of their findings to you later.

Non-laboratory based studies e.g. paper-based questionnaire studies
Your participation in a study may simply involve filling in a paper-based questionnaire
at a time of your choosing and then returning it to the researcher when you have
completed it. Or it may involve being interviewed. While these studies may be
advertised on the Experimental Management System, you do not sign up for these
studies using the system in the way that you would for an experimental study. Instead,
you should contact the researcher (e.g. by email) in order to take part. Your credit will
be registered on the system after you have taken part (e.g. when the researcher
receives your completed questionnaire).

B) Research participation in NON-CREDIT studies e.g. participation for
Some researchers in this department have grant money that allows them to offer
payment to students for taking part in their studies. There is no restriction on your
participating in studies for payment in addition to your participation in the subject pool.
CREDITS FOR THE SUBJECT POOL. Studies that offer payment may be listed on
the Experiment Management System and / or they may be advertised on the notice
boards in two locations around the department. These are, (1) the 9th floor foyer
outside the lifts; (2) on the 8 floor between Rooms 805 & 806.

Queries, problems:
The administrator of the subject pool and Experiment Management System is Dr Irene
Reppa (Rm. 915). Any questions or problems should be raised with her.

This document should be read in conjunction with EMS Participant Documentation.

                                                                         Version 2009-10

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