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RESEARCH REQUIREMENT FOR INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY

The Fordham University Student Subject Pool consists of all interested students enrolled at Fordham who agree to participate in research studies conducted here at Fordham. The subject pool is also one way for Introductory Psychology students to satisfy their research requirements. The instructions that follow explain the procedure for keeping track for research hours satisfied through Subject Pool Participation.

One goal of an introductory psychology course is to provide an opportunity to become acquainted with the process of experimentation of Psychology. Therefore, as a part of your introduction to psychology, you will be expected to satisfy a research requirement. To fulfill this requirement you will be asked to spend a total of three hours engaged in research-related activities. The psychology research requirement is worth 5% of your final grade. You need to earn three research credits, which can be fulfilled in some combination of the following three options.


Subject Pool


You can be a participant in a psychology study. Most of the psychological studies involving humans you will read about were carried out with the help of undergraduates in psychology courses. These studies have to be approved by a review board to be sure that they are appropriate, and they will be described to you before you participate.
  1. Sign up for studies on-line, at http://fordham.sona-systems.com
    You will need to set up an account the first time you use the system. The Participant Manual for the system at the end of this document file will help you through this process.
  2. Show up at that time. If you cannot make it at that time, use the website to cancel. Be sure to check the allotted time for cancellation for each experiment (i.e., some experiments may allow you to cancel right before the time you signed up for, while others may require you to cancel up to 24 hours in advance) If you miss a scheduled appointment, not only will you not receive credit, but you will lose one credit, so you will have to do an additional study. If the researcher does not show up within 15 minutes of your appointment time, go to Dealy 226 and you will receive one credit for
    showing up.
  3. After participating, you can check on-line to keep track of how many credits you have.
If you find a particular experiment disturbing to you, you may terminate participation without penalty. This does not mean that you can sign up for an experiment and then simply not show up because you had second thoughts. Once you sign up, you are obligated to appear as schedules, listen to what the experimenter has to say, and give serious consideration to the experiment. If you do participate, your responses will be confidential. If you choose one of the alternatives to the Subject Pool to satisfy the research requirements of Introductory Psychology, let your instructor know as soon as possible. The following are some possible alternatives, but you must get approval from your instructor. If you have any questions on research requirements see your instructor or Subject Pool Coordinator.


Colloquium/Research Presentations


You can satisfy your requirement by attending and reporting on one or more (check with your instructor for exact number) psychological research presentations made here at Fordham University by invited speakers, Fordham faculty or graduate students. These presentations often provide you with an opportunity to see and meet some of the leaders in contemporary psychology and to learn about the most current research issues receiving the attention of the psychological community.

  1. Sign-up for presentations are similar to that of Subject Pool Sign-up. When you enter the site, http://fordham.sona-systems.com, you will find it under ‘Colloquium’.
  2. Read the following topics and dates that the colloquiums will be presented and choose one or more that you are interested it. Once you sign-up, you are required to attend and sign in at the presentation. If you did not sign-up prior to colloquium, you will not receive credit.
  3. Be sure to show up on time, otherwise you will be interrupting someone’s presentation. If you cannot make it at that time, use the website to cancel. If you miss a scheduled colloquium, not only will you not receive credit, but you will lose one credit, so you will have to do an additional study. Be sure to check the morning of the colloquium to make sure it has not been cancelled or that there has been a room change.

Research Paper


Check with your instructor to determine his/her requirements necessary for you to write a research paper to fulfill your requirement. For instance, you may read a scientific journal articles and write a brief report. Your report would include mention of theoretical background, hypothesis, sample characteristics, experimental procedure, major results, and general discussion. In addition, you might include a brief description on research ethics related to the topic.

Appropriate Journals

*if you find an article in a different journal from these listed, check with your instructor 

Child Development
Developmental Psychology
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Memory and Cognition
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
The Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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