Research Session Participation
Bring the study information with you! It is your responsibility to write down and keep the following information about EACH of YOUR appointments:
- Where the study is to be conducted (Building and Room Number). If only a room number is provided, then the study is in Straub Hall. If “Cog lab” is written down, wait in the lobby of the basement where “wait here” signs are posted.
- Time and Date of the study (note a.m. or p.m. hours)
- Name of the study
- Name of the researcher
- Telephone number for the researcher
NOTE: Be sure to check your e-mail before the study — if the researcher cancels they must send you an e-mail by 9 PM the day before the scheduled study.
Show up on time: You must show up on time. Plan in advance — give yourself enough time to get to the study at the time listed on the sign up page. If you are more than 5 minutes late, your appointment will be recorded as a “NO SHOW.” IF you have two no-shows, you will not be able to use the human subjects pool to complete your research requirement. See below for what to do if the researcher is not present.
Researcher Not Present: If you arrive at a research appointment and the researcher is not present, first check to make sure you are in the right place! Double check that you wrote down the correct day and time. WAIT for at least 10 minutes. The researcher may be finishing up with another participant. If the researcher does not arrive within 10 minutes, you are free to leave. Please report the researcher “no show” TO THE RESEARCHER as soon as possible. The researcher may have already made arrangements for you to receive 50% research credit because of his or her absence. Please check to see if the researcher has contacted you and/or given you research credit. If not, contact the human subjects coordinator for help firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive 50% of the value of the study research credit for a researcher “no show”.
Right to Refuse Participation in a Study: Participation in ANY study is voluntary. When you arrive, you will complete an informed consent form that includes a brief description of the project. At that time, or at any time during the study, you have the option of withdrawing without penalty. You will even get credit for keeping your appointment. Sometimes it is necessary to withhold some information about the purpose of the study until your participation is complete.
Act Responsibly: Finally, be conscientious in performing your tasks in each study. The research is very important to the students and faculty conducting it, and your role is critical to the success of their efforts. Psychology as a science could not exist without the careful and responsible efforts of research participants. Give each study the effort and attention it deserves. If the researcher believes your behavior to be disrespectful or that you are not particiapting effortfully, he/she can ask you to leave.