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Research Participation

Our faculty and graduate students are always engaged in research and frequently recruiting participants for research studies. Our core curriculum course in Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 107) includes a hands on, experiential component that involves participants actively in research in the discipline.

As part of the Psychology 107 course requirements, students complete one of two research activities. You may either (1) participate in SEVEN hours of research experiments, or (2) write SEVEN research review articles.  (NOTE: The specific activity for the second requirement will be determined by your Instructor.)  Any combination of these two activities is acceptable. Both of these activities are research-based, and it is the belief of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences that engaging in these activities is important to your understanding and appreciation of how psychologists study human behavior. FAILURE TO COMPLETE A TOTAL OF SEVEN RESEARCH HOURS WILL RESULT IN AN INCOMPLETE BEING RECORDED ON YOUR TRANSCRIPT.

Additional classes sometimes offer course credit or extra credit opportunities that involve participation in research. Your instructor will provide details about this participation and alternative to participation to you in the syllabus and in class.

Fall 2020 research experience dates:

  • Pre-screening: Friday, August 21- Friday, August 28 at 5:00pm
  • Studies begin: Monday, August 31
  • Pool Closes: Tuesday, November 24, at 5:00pm

All credits must be completed by the closing date. You will not be able to access your Sona account after the it is closed.

It is advisable that you finish your experiments early in the semester instead of waiting until the end.



Please go to this website: There is a link on the front page of the site to request an account.  On the left margin in the maroon area, locate New User, and click on ‘Request an account here’. Fill in the slots (First Name, Last Name, and User ID….the User ID that you type in will be the same as your current NetID from your TAMU email account).  Then select your course number, and click on the gray area that is labeled ‘Request Account’.  You will immediately be sent an email to your TAMU email address that contains your new password, which you can change after your first login. It is a good idea to immediately change the new password you just received to your TAMU email password.  This is because it will be easier for you to remember all semester long. See the tutorial video below for detailed instructions and additional information.

Tutorial Video