Research Participation

Research Participation is the laboratory component of both Psychology 104 and Psychology 105. The goal of this component is to introduce you to research in psychology by giving you the opportunity to take part in research projects being conducted by members of the Department of Psychology. Taking part in research studies gives you a unique opportunity to see first-hand how we gather knowledge in psychology.


Research participation makes up 10% of your final grade. You will complete 5 credits in total. Each 1-credit appointment is worth 2%, and each 2-credit appointment is worth 4%. 1-credit appointments will take up to 50 minutes to complete, while 2-credit appointments will take up to 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete. Be sure to obtain at least 1 research participation credit during the term to avoid a “missed term work” notation on your transcript.

Ethics Approval

All research participation studies are carefully screened by a Human Ethics Review Committee and the Research Participation Program. You will not be placed at risk for physical or psychological harm.

Taking Part

Sign up for and participate in research appointments that become available throughout the term. At the beginning of each appointment, researchers will explain the study and tasks that you will perform, and ask you for your consent to participate. Be sure to ask if you need more information about the tasks.

If you decide that you do not wish to participate in the project, or if you agree to take part and then decide later to discontinue, you may withdraw your consent at any time by informing the researcher. In both cases you have the option of completing an alternate exercise during the session if you don't want to participate in the study but still want to receive your research participation credit. The alternate exercise will not take longer than the scheduled study appointment but it does need to be completed for you to receive your credit. The alternate exercise may involve reading a description of the study or another topic related to the research. Or, it may involve taking part in the study without your data being used as part of the study.


All information that you provide during the study appointments is confidential. In most cases, your name will not be stored with your information. In other cases, your name will be removed from the data at a later point. Only members of the research team will have access to your data.

Study Results

You are encouraged to ask questions and get more information if you are interested in a project. You can also ask to be sent a summary of the findings of any project that you have taken part in.

Be On Time

Find each study location a day or two in advance to avoid getting lost, and arrive at your appointments at least 5 minutes early. If you arrive after the researcher says there is no further admittance to the study, you will lose your research credit for that study. Traffic, getting lost, and so forth, are not considered acceptable reasons for missing an appointment or for being late. If you are on time for your appointment but the researcher is not present, please wait 10 minutes after the start time of the appointment. If the researcher has not arrived after 10 minutes, please e-mail the research participation coordinator as soon as possible with details and include your Student ID.

Cancelling An Appointment

Cancel all appointments that you are unable to attend. Cancellations can be made through the online system up to midnight on the day before your appointment.

If you need to cancel on the same day of your appointment (due to illness or an urgent matter), e-mail or call 780-492-5689 before the appointment start time. Only e-mail sent from your University of Alberta account will be read and replied to. Please include your student ID, appointment information, and reason for cancelling the appointment.

If contacting the Research Participation Coordinator during evenings or weekends to cancel an appointment, leave all necessary information in your message and the appointment will be cancelled for you the next business day. As long as you leave the message before the scheduled appointment time, the cancellation will be processed and you do not need to attend the cancelled appointment.

Missed Appointments

Failure to attend an appointment, or being late for an appointment, will result in the loss of credit for that study. You will be given only 1 opportunity to make up a lost credit. Only an incapacitating medical illness (which does not include mild colds, sore throat, headache, general malaise, hangover, etc), severe domestic affliction, or other similarly compelling reason will be considered an acceptable reason for missing an appointment without prior notice. If this happens, notify the research participation coordinator as soon as possible.

Credit Concerns

If you find a discrepancy in your overall score for research credits, please e-mail the research participation coordinator immediately. The deadline to report discrepancies is 3 days following the last day of research participation (last day of classes). Your current credit status is shown in the research participation system. Your final mark for research participation will not show up in eClass until the final marks for the class are posted by your instructor.