What is the Research Participant Pool?
The Research Participant Pool is a large group of undergraduate students who, because they are registered in eligible psychology courses, may elect to participate in any given semester. All sections of the introductory courses (i.e., 46-115/46-116) are eligible every term and these students are permitted to earn up to three bonus marks by participating in research studies. Instructors for upper-level psychology courses choose to make their courses eligible and may allow students to earn one, two, or three bonus marks through the Research Participant Pool.
What advantages does the Participant Pool have for the Psychology Department?
The Psychology Research Participant Pool procedures and policies help to ensure that undergraduate research participants receive equitable treatment and compensation for participating in research.
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).
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.
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.
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.
For more information, contact:
Participant Pool Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Committee on Participant Recruitment
Chair, Dr. Alan Scoboria (email@example.com)
Dr. Charlene Senn