College of Science and Health > Academics > Psychology > Research > Participant & Researcher FAQ
Students can receive extra credit for completing the required 5 hours per course of research participation or more, up to 7 credits. See the Instructions for Students at https://go.depaul.edu/intropsych for details.
If you show up on time but the experimenter is not there within 15 minutes, please leave a note for the experimenter and email the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the Coordinator is able to verify your information with the experimenter, you will receive up to one credit for the experiment. If you missed the experiment because you arrived late or at the wrong location, however, you will not receive credit.
The article must be from a scientific journal, such as the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General or Psychological Science (just to mention two - there are many others). It can not be from a newspaper or magazine, such as Psychology Today or Time. Scientific American articles are acceptable, but only if they are about research that is related to psychology. If you have any question about whether a source is a scientific journal, email the Coordinator and verify that your source is acceptable before you write the paper. The article must be about research in or related to psychology. In other words, it must report the results of an empirical study, or summarize the findings from several studies. It must have data. The article must be from a current journal issue. This means that the publication date must be from the current calendar year. If, for example, today's date is January 30, 2021, you must use an article published in 2021. Detailed instructions for the alternative paper option are posted online on the psychology department/research/student instructions.
It depends on the supply and demand each quarter. Usually you can get at least a few more after your initial allotment. Sometimes you can get a lot. Email and the coordinator a request when you need more.
Enter a date about a year from now, or at least after the end of the quarter. Exempt studies don't expire but the system does not have that as an option and forces all studies to have an expiration date.
Researchers must notify participants by at least 5:00 PM the day prior to the appointment if a study is to be canceled. If it is not possible to notify participants by 5pm, you will need to give them credit if they show up. Students who arrive on time for a study and find that it has been canceled or that the researcher is not there must leave a note for the researcher and email the Coordinator. Participants will receive credit for those studies that are canceled the same day or those for which the researcher does not show.