Department of Psychology

Subject Pool

USM Psychology Subject Pool

Department of Psychology, USM

WHAT IS IT?  Faculty and students in the Department of Psychology are engaged in research studies on various aspects of human behavior, including memory, perception, personality, and social attitudes.  All students enrolled in PSY 101 or PSY 102 are eligible to participate as subjects in these research projects.  Participation is strictly voluntary.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?  You will receive extra course credit for your participation.  For each hour of research (up to a maximum of 4 hours), you will receive an extra percentage point added to your final grade.  For example, suppose your final grade (based on your exam scores, etc.) was 86%, which is equivalent to a letter grade of “B”.  However, if you participated in 4 hours of research, 4 additional percentage points would be added to your final grade: 86% + 4% = 90%, which translates into a letter grade of “A”.  Beyond the obvious advantage of receiving extra credit, participating as a subject will provide you with direct firsthand experience about how psychological research is actually done.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR US?  Without volunteer subjects, we cannot conduct our research.  Most of the research findings that you'll be studying in your course are based upon experiments with undergraduate psychology students from other colleges and universities across the country.  By serving as a subject you will be making a valuable contribution to the science of psychology, allowing us to advance psychological knowledge and gain a better understanding of human behavior.

HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE?  Just do the following:

(1) Go the Psychology Department on the 5th floor of the Science Building (Portland Campus).

(2) At the end of the corridor, you will see the Subject Pool Bulletin Board.  Research projects will be posted at various times throughout the semester on the bulletin board.  Each posting will include a project title, a brief description of the study, the number of research credits you'll receive, the location of where you are to meet the experimenter, and the dates/times for signing up.

(3) Just choose a project that looks interesting, sign up for a convenient date and time in the space provided, and jot down this information to remind yourself of the appointment.

(4) Please arrive promptly at the appointed place and time.  If you must cancel your appointment, notify the experimenter as soon as possible.


· You may participate for a maximum of 4 hours of research.  You can choose 4 one-hour projects, 2 two-hour projects, or any combination that gives a total of up to 4 hours credit.

· You cannot be in the same research project more than once.

· Some projects may require you to return for multiple sessions; in this case, you will be awarded your extra credit at the end of the final session.

· There is no guarantee that there will be enough research opportunities for all students who wish to participate.

· Each experimenter will provide an alternative activity should you choose to not participate as a subject.

· The last day for participating in research for Spring 2017 is April 28, 2017.

· If you encounter any difficulties or problems, contact Dr. Scott Brown, 518 Science (780-4148).