PSYC 110 Subject Pool and Research Requirement Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the PSYC 110 Research Requirement?

Response: All PSYC 110 students must complete two (2) credits worth of research participation as part of the course/departmental requirements for Fundamentals of Psychology.

  1. How do I complete the PSYC 110 Research Requirement

Response: You may (1) participate in approved research studies, (2) attend Reading & Writing sessions, or (3) attend department-approved colloquia. Details can be found on the PSYC 110 Subject Pool website.

  1. How do I sign up?

Response: Signups for research studies, the Reading & Writing sessions, and colloquia will be posted on the Subject Pool Bulletin Board, which is located on the second floor of Alumni Memorial Hall (AMH), near the restrooms.

  1. Where are the sign ups for these events?

Response: See #3. Here is a link to a map of the University of Scranton to find Alumni Memorial Hall.

  1. Can I sign up for activities through email?

Response: No. Please do not contact psychology department faculty members, the subject pool, or your PSYC 110 instructors to sign-up for anything.

  1. The sign-up sheets that are posted conflict with my class times. What should I do?

Response: Appointment times for studies and Reading & Writing sessions will vary from week to week. The best thing to do would be to check back periodically.

  1. My friend signed up for an appointment but cannot attend. Can I go in his/her place?

Response: No. If someone needs to cancel their appointment, in order to preserve fairness that appointment must become available to all students. That is, everyone must have an equal chance of signing up for the cancelled appointment. If you show up for a session that your friend cannot make, you will be turned away.

  1. How do I know the number of credits that I have completed?

Response: On the PSYC 110 Subject Pool website there is a link in the navigation bar to a spreadsheet where you can check your progress. You can look up how many credits you have completed based on the last four digits of your Royal ID number, your PSYC 110 class section number, and your PSYC 110 instructor.

  1. I know that I completed both credits, but the website says that I have not yet completed the Research Requirement. Why come?

Response: Faculty and student researchers try to enter credits for those students who participated in a study or the Reading & Writing sessions as often as possible. This way the number of credits that you have earned is up to date on the website. However, for some large-group survey studies (especially online studies), it is difficult and time-consuming to enter credits for students on a daily basis; hence, those researchers may enter credits only once or twice per semester. Please be patient. If you have completed both of your credits you will be credited; it may simply take time for the faculty to get your credits entered. If you do have a concern the best thing to do is to contact the faculty investigator for the study.

  1. The credit check says that I have ‘0.5 credits (or some other positive value) remaining’, what does this mean?

Response: This means that you still have to complete 0.5 credits toward the Research requirement. Also, see #8.

  1. The credit check says that I have ‘-0.5 credits (or some other negative value) remaining’, what does this mean?

Response: This means that you have completed the two credits needed for the Research Requirement and you also completed a few extra credits. For example, you may have completed a study that was worth 1.5 credits and another study that was worth 1.0 credits.

  1. I completed more than the two credits that are required for the Research Requirement. Can I use the additional credits for extra credit in PSYC 110 or in another course?

Response: No.

  1. What if I am under 18 and cannot participate in research studies?

Response: You can participate in the Reading & Writing sessions or attend colloquium events if you are under 18, or you can petition the subject pool to complete the Research Requirement by writing article summaries. Information about petitioning the subject pool to complete the research requirement by writing article summaries can be found in the student guidelines on the website, and you must send an email, which states your case, to uofspsyresearch@gmail.com

  1. What if I cannot complete the Research Requirement by participating in studies, reading and writing sessions, or by attending a colloquium?

Response: This is related to non-traditional students, students who work full time, continuing education students, students who care for children or family members, or students who are still in high school. In these cases you can petition the subject pool to complete the Research Requirement by writing article summaries. Information about petitioning the subject pool to complete the research requirement by writing article summaries can be found in the student guidelines on the website, and you must send an email, which states your case, to uofspsyresearch@gmail.com

  1. I showed up for my appointment, but no one was there. What should I do?

Response: Contact the researcher directly and discuss the situation. If they definitely did not show up, you will be credited.

  1. How will my professor know that I completed a study, a reading and writing session, or a colloquium?

Response: At the end of the semester the subject pool will generate a report that is sent to each PSYC 110 instructor. This report provides information on who did and who did not complete the Research Requirement.

  1. I need to cancel an appointment, what do I do?

Response: Contact the researcher or the individual who is in charge of whatever you signed up for. Contact information should be listed on a reminder tag that you should have taken when you signed up for the appointment. The subject pool cannot cancel appointments for research studies.

  1. It is past the deadline to complete the Research Requirement, what can I do to avoid having my grade lowered?

Response: Nothing.

  1. It is the last week of classes, I did not complete the Research Requirement, and there are no appointments available. Can I still complete the Research Requirement by writing article summaries?

Response: No.

  1. I am not yet 17 years old, and I have to be 18 to participate in research studies. What can I do?

Response: If you will be 17 for the entire semester, then you have two options: One, petition the subject pool to complete the research requirement by writing article summaries. Two, complete the research requirement by attending the reading and writing sessions.

If you will be 17 for only part of the semester (i.e., if your 18th birthday happens within the semester), you have three options: One, petition the subject pool to complete the research requirement by writing article summaries. Two, complete the research requirement by attending the reading and writing sessions. Three, you could begin by attending the reading and writing sessions, and then after you turn 18, you could begin participating in research studies.

  1. Is anyone exempt from the PSYC 110 Research Requirement (or can you be exempt)?

Response: No, this is a departmental/course requirement.