Student Participation in Research


Approved Projects for Fall 2015


These are the approved experiments that Psychology 101 and other eligible psychology students may participate in for credit. Participation in any experiment that is not listed here will not count for credit. All appointments are being scheduled online.  To sign up for an experiment, please follow the link to the online appointment scheduler for that project. Not all experiments will be available at all times. If there is no sign-up sheet for a particular experiment, or if all appointments for an experiment are full, please find a different experiment to participate in.  For questions about any experiment, please contact the experimenter. For questions about participation credit, please contact your instructor.

1. You only get credit for participating in approved experiments. With few exceptions, all experiments are sponsored by the psychology department. You will only receive participation credit for the experiments listed on this website.  Check here for updates.

2. Each experiment has a fixed amount of credit assigned to it based on the average length of time that it takes most people to participate. If an experiment is worth 0.5 credits, you will get 0.5 credits whether it takes you 25 minutes or 35 minutes to complete it. Be sure to check the amount of credits when you sign up for the experiment.

3. To sign up for an experiment, please follow the link to the online appointment scheduler for that project. Please be respectful of the experimenter’s time and make sure that you keep your appointment! If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify the experimenter as soon as possible.

4. There are two general types of projects that you can participate in.  Lab studies require you to meet with the experimenter in person, whereas online studies can be completed online without scheduling an appointment.  Each type of project has a different way to track your participation.

  • Lab Studies: When you participate in a lab study, you should make sure that the experimenter has your Bates email address and psychology professor so that he or she can register your participation.
  • Online Studies: When you participate in an online study, you will be given the experiment number and a code word for that study at the end of the survey.  You will then be asked to enter that information in another web form in order to get credit for the project.  If you don’t enter the correct experiment number and code word, you will not receive credit. Here is a sample online survey so that you can see how to find the link to the participation credit survey.  (Answer the questions and submit to get to the link.)

5. Unless it is specifically noted, you can only participate in each project ONE TIME.  You will not earn credit for repeat participation in a given experiment.

6. Once you have participated in an approved study, you will begin to receive weekly credit reports to your Bates email (usually on Thursday mornings) which summarize all of the credits that you have earned this semester.

Lab studies

Experiment #1: Personality, categorization, and social judgment

Location: Pettengill 363
Duration: 30 minutes
Credits: 0.5
Experimenter: Helen Boucher
Phone Number: 207-786-6395
Sign-up link:

Participants will complete measures of personality, categorization, and social judgment, plus complete a short writing task.

Restrictions: Must be a native English speaker.

Experiment #2: Perceptions of Others

Location: Pettengill 371
Duration: 25 minutes
Credits: 0.5
Experimenter: Julia Gordon
Phone Number: 310-804-4645
Sign-up link:

Participants will watch a video and then respond to questions about the video.

Restrictions: Participants must be over 18, must have normal or corrected vision, and be proficient in English. Individuals who have completed a psychology experiment run by Julia Gordon in 2015 are not eligible

Experiment #3: Responses to Social Issues

Location: Pettengill 317
Duration: 60 minutes
Credits: 1.0
Experimenter: Matt Gee
Phone Number: 617-462-7398
Sign-up link:

This study will look at participants’ behavioral, emotional, and physiological responses to social issues. Participants will be asked to view two film clips, answer a battery of computer-based questionnaires, and provide two saliva samples for later hormonal assay.

Restrictions: Participants must be between 18-30 years old, be proficient in English, cannot have a current diagnosis of Cushing syndrome, and cannot have participated in a psychology experiment run by Matt Gee in 2015. Participants will not be allowed to (1) consume food or drink (except water), caffeine, nicotine, or brush teeth for at least 2 hours before the study; (2) exercise heavily on the day of the study; (3) consume alcohol for at least 24 hours before the study.

Experiment #4: Reactions to Scenarios

Location: Petengill 329
Duration: 40 minutes
Credits: 0.75
Experimenter: Joe Maffly-Kipp
Phone Number: 919-259-5018
Sign-up link:

Participants will read descriptions of scenarios and report their reactions as part of a larger survey. Participants will also complete a categorization task.

Restrictions: Must be 18 or older. Must have normal or corrected vision. Must be English-proficient.


Online studies

Be sure to read the instructions about online surveys at the top of this page in order to make sure you get participation credit!  Online studies work differently from lab studies.

Experiment #101: AESOP Effects on Incoming Students

Location: Click here to take this survey
Duration: 15 minutes
Credits: 0.25
Experimenter: Kelsey Schober
Phone Number: 907-707-8385

Exposure to the outdoors is a topic that has recently gained a lot of interest in the field of Psychology. Much new research has appeared regarding its ties to certain personality traits, leadership abilities, and academics, among many other effects. In this study, the effects of wilderness exposure in the Annual Entering Students Outdoor Program (AESOP) will be examined in order to evaluate what skills and assets it may provide to incoming first-year college students at Bates College. This is part 1 of a two part study. Part two will be emailed directly to participants 4-5 weeks after they have completed the first part (and they will accordingly receive another .25 credits).

Restrictions: Students who participated in AESOP only.