Instructor Subject Pool Guidelines
Greetings and welcome to the Psychology subject pool instructor web page! This page contains all of the information that you need to address issues that arise from (a) having your students be a part of the Psychology subject pool (PY101/201 instructors), or (b) having your students make use of that pool (PY315 instructors). More specifically, it provides access to documents that will be either necessary or of potential value to you as an Introductory Psychology- or Research Methods instructor.
1. One document is the Sona Psychological Research System User Guide for Introductory Psychology Instructors. This will be necessary for PY101 and PY201 instructors as it provides step-by-step descriptions of how these instructors should use our Sona system. It might be of use as well to PY315 instructors insofar as it provides additional background on how the Sona system will operate. To access this document, simply click on the “Sona PY101/201 Guide” link on the left hand side of this screen.
2. A second document is the Sona Psychological Research System User Guide for Research Methods Instructors. This will be necessary for PY315 instructors. It might be of use as well to PY101/201 instructors insofar as it provides insight into how the subject pool will be used by PY315 instructors and student investigators. To access this document, click on the “Sona PY315 Guide” link on the left hand side of this screen.
3. A third document is the Subject Pool Guide for Researchers. This document spells out investigators’ responsibilities in running student participants and provides guidelines for doing so. It will be required reading for PY315 instructors and their student investigators. PY101 and PY201 instructors might wish to review this document with the aim of refreshing themselves on investigators’ responsibilities. To access the document, click on the “Subject Pool Guide ” link on the left hand side of this screen.
4. A fourth document is the Introductory Psychology Research Requirement statement that is distributed to students in introductory psychology classes. This document describes the PY101/201 research requirement, discusses different ways to meet it and provides guidelines for participating in studies within the Psychology Department. All instructors could benefit from reviewing it, as it conveys insight into students’ perspective on the research experience. To access, click on the “Research Requirement” link on the left hand side of this screen.
5. A fifth document is the Sona Psychological Research System User Guide for Participants. It provides general information about the online Sona research system and a step-by-step description of what students need to do to participate using the system. Instructors could benefit from reviewing this as well, as it conveys further insight into students’ perspective. To access the document, click on the “Sona Participant Guide” link on the left hand side of this screen.
That is it! Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns about using the subject pool or the Sona system.
Ed Cook, PhD
Professor and Psychology Subject Pool Coordinator
Department of Psychology
University of Alabama at Birmingham