Participant Pool

The Research Participant Pool is a large group of undergraduate students who are registered in eligible psychology courses and may elect to participate in any given semester. If you want to know if your course is eligible, please speak with your instructor.

Detailed Information

Booking Research Space

The participant pool does not provide research space; researchers must secure the space in which they will conduct their research. The participant pool manages bookings for two shared research spaces in the psychology department.

These are:

  1. Psychology Computer Lab, Basement Chrysler Hall South: The computer lab has 12 PCs (note: researchers should evaluate whether all or only some of the machines are suitable for their research tasks). The computers have internet access, and are loaded with office, statistics, and research software (Media Lab, Direct RT). The priority for use of this room is teaching (statistics labs, exams, etc.), and some hours are set aside for general use by graduate students. The lab is available for booking for research at all other times.
  2. Chrysler Hall Tower 15: This space is comprised of two rooms. The outer room is a large open space with flexible seating (stacking chairs) suitable for group events such as focus groups and small seminars. The inner room is a small, private space suitable for placing one to three people depending on the task. The inner room is well suited for managing activities that are occurring the outer room. Each room contains two computers which are similar to those described under the ‘Computer lab' above; making a total of four machines available. These rooms are booked together – due to their arrangement, they cannot be used by separate individuals. The priority for use of this room is group events. This room is booked by emailing, putting “CHT15 booking request” in the subject line, and then describing the booking request.

Access to both rooms is via electronic key card, and is arranged through the psychology department staff.

Advantages of the Participant Pool

  1. The Psychology Research Participant Pool procedures and policies help to ensure that undergraduate research participants receive equitable treatment and compensation for participating in research.
  2. The Psychology Research Participant Pool helps to ensure equitable access to available undergraduate research participants by all researchers within the department (i.e., honours students, graduate students, and faculty).
  3. Use of the Psychology Research Participant Pool helps to enhance the quality of samples used in department-based research studies (e.g., minimizes subject self-selection biases, makes it easier to recruit participants who meet specific inclusion/exclusion criteria). This in turn enhances the value (and “publishablility”) of research produced in the department.
  4. The Research Participant Pool procedures help to foster a more robust research culture within the Department of Psychology. At the undergraduate level, students have early exposure to research through their participation as subjects in research studies.
  5. The Research Participant Pool facilitates timely completion of research projects in the department, at least for those projects in which undergraduate students are appropriate subjects of study.

More information

Participant Pool Coordinator (

Committee on Participant Recruitment

Chair: Dr. Patti Timmons Fritz (
Members: Dr. Ken Cramer, Dr. Lori Buchanan, Dr. Laszlo Erdodi