PSYC 110 Research Requirement
As a student enrolled in Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110), you must satisfy a research requirement in order to receive a grade in the course. The goal of this requirement is to help familiarize you with psychological research.
What is the Research Requirement?
In completing the research requirement, you have a choice:
- Option 1: Participating in two units of Psychology studies (instructions below), OR
- Option 2: Answering questions about one Psychology journal article (instructions below).
What Impact Does the Requirement Have on Your Grade?
Satisfaction of this requirement will not affect the grade you earn in
the course (e.g., A, B, C, or D). Completing the requirement does not count toward your grade nor is it extra credit. It is simply a requirement that must be completed as part of the course.
Students who successfully complete the requirement will be given the course grade that has been determined by their instructors.
For example, if you have earned an A in the course according to your
instructor's standards, then you will be given an A when you complete
By departmental policy, students who do not complete the requirement will receive an incomplete (I) in the course.
Those who may find themselves in this situation have one semester to
complete the requirement by writing a review article (see Option 2
above) or the Incomplete will automatically be changed to a grade of F
by Registration/Records. The only exception is those who would not pass
their course anyway -- they will have the F recorded immediately.
Students who are retaking the course are exempt from the
requirement if they can provide proof they have satisfied the
requirement before. If you previously satisfied the requirement, you must contact the Research Requirement coordinator (see below).
Option 1: Research Participation
What is the Participation Option?
One way to satisfy the research requirement is to be a participant in two units worth of psychological research.
Participation will give you an inside view of how research is conducted
as well as assisting faculty and other students who are conducting
research. Most students report that they enjoy the experience.
Some experiments are worth one unit and some are worth two units.
Most studies are worth one unit. How much a study is worth will be
clearly indicated on the web-based signup system. A one-unit study will
last no more than 45 minutes. Therefore, your overall time commitment
for two units is no more than 90 minutes (1.5 hours).
What Steps Do You Need to Take to Participate?
- In the third week of the course, you will receive an email describing how to log into the web-based sign-up system at: http://uwsp.sona-systems.com. Studies will become available about the fifth week of the semester.
- On the system, read about about studies that are available and sign-up for a study. After you sign up, you will receive an email confirming your appointment.
- You do not need to sign up for both studies right away. You may sign up for studies at different points in the semester.
- If you find that you cannot make your appointment, you MUST cancel your appointment using the same web site (http://uwsp.sona-systems.com.) After you cancel, you will receive an email confirming cancellation.
- NO excuses for absences or tardiness will be accepted. If you fail
to show up and have not cancelled, you will sent an email notifying you
of this error. If you fail to show for a second time, you will be
blocked from the study sign up system and will be required instead to
write the journal article summary (Option 2) in order to complete the
- If you show up for a study and the researcher is not there on time, please contact the Research Requirement Coordinator immediately.
- After you complete the study, the experimenter will record your attendance on the web-based sign-up system. After a week or so, you will receive an email confirming that your attendance has been registered on the system. Thus, you do not need to hand in anything or contact your instructor.
Option 2: Library Research
What is the Library Research Option?
Students who are unable or unwilling to participate in studies for any
reason may satisfy the research requirement by answering a few questions
about a published article in psychology. However, this is not a
free-form summary. Please follow the directions below carefully so that you can be assured that you do not have to rewrite it to get a grade in the course.
What Steps Do You Need to Take to Complete This Option?
- Select an article from one of the articles on the appropriate
journal list (see below) that was published after January 1, 2005. If the article does not come from one of these journals, you will not receive credit for writing a summary!
- The article MUST describe a research study that involves data. Review articles and "Introduction to this Issue" articles are not acceptable.
- You may use a printed version of the article or an electronic (such as PDF) version of an article.
- This web site includes a REQUIRED cover sheet and question template for your summary. (Download the template here!) Summaries that do not use this template will be automatically rejected.
- You should type your answers directly into the required template; you do not need to write a separate paper. This template will help you to properly structure your summary.
- All questions must be answered in complete sentences and paragraphs and be written in your own words. The grading scheme is available here!
- Plagiarism (copying work from someone else) is a serious offense and will be dealt with accordingly.
- The completed summary can be mailed to the Research Requirement Coordinator. Printed copies will also be accepted and may be delivered to D240 Science.
- Your paper will be judged on a Pass/Fail basis at the end of the semester.
If your paper is unacceptable, you will receive a notification after
finals week. You will be given only one more try to make the paper
acceptable and remove the Incomplete.
Which Journals May You Use to Complete the Requirement?
Journals are publications of original scientific work. They are
different from magazines and newpapers, which are not typically written
by the researchers themselves. This requirement will have you
summarize a single article from a journal and, thus, summaries of
articles from other sources will be automatically rejected.
The journals listed below (organized according to subdisciplines in
psychology) can be found in the periodical section of the library. You may read either a printed copy of the journal article or you may use an online version (such as a PDF file). Links to library records of the journals can be found below: