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Student Participation in Research

Approved Projects for Winter 2014

 

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.



Lab studies


Experiment #1: Relating Oxytocin Levels to Cognition and Emotional Processing

Location: PGILL 327
Duration: 120 minutes
Credits: 2.0
Experimenter: Carly Hinkle
E-mail: chinkle@bates.edu
Phone Number: 703-297-9657
Sign-up link: This study is no longer collecting data.

Participants will provide a saliva sample, fill out questionnaires, and complete some computer and experimenter-administered tasks

Restrictions: Participants must be right handed and have normal color vision. Must not currently be on any psychotropic drugs (ex: antidepressants, anti-anxiety or ADHD medication). Participants also must be fluent in English, have no significant history of neurological conditions (e.g., recurrent migraines, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy) or brain injury (e.g., any blow to the head that resulted in a loss of consciousness longer than 3 minutes), and cannot be nursing or pregnant.


Experiment #2: What was that?

Location: Pettengill 366
Duration: 60 minutes
Credits: 1.0
Experimenter: Mariya Manahova
E-mail: mmanahov@bates.edu
Phone Number: 617-953-0737
Sign-up link: This study is no longer recruiting participants.

In this experiment you will respond to different features of rapidly presented visual images.

Restrictions: You must have normal color vision. You must also have normal or corrected-to-normal vision. If you have glasses or contacts, please wear them to the experiment.


Experiment #3: Reading comprehension and self-perceptions

Location: Pgill 363
Duration: 30 minutes
Credits: 0.5
Experimenter: Helen Boucher and Jessie Jacobson
E-mail: hboucher@bates.edu and jjacobso@bates.edu
Phone Number: x6395
Sign-up link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DA5AE2BA3FE3-reading

You will participate in two short, unrelated studies. The first is a reading comprehension study that we are doing to pilot test materials for future studies. The second study is about self-perceptions and task performance.

Restrictions: none


Experiment #4: Change Deafness in Music

Location: P’Gill 366
Duration: 40 minutes
Credits: 0.75
Experimenter: Brendan Davidson
E-mail: bdavidso@bates.edu
Phone Number: 781-710-3578
Sign-up link: http://signupschedule.com/bdavidso

You will be asked to listen to various sets of musical sequences through headphones while sitting at a computer screen. You will also be asked to respond to potential changes made to these sequences. Headphones will be provided for each participant, and all levels of musical experience are encouraged to participate. If you are unable to receive psychology course credit for this experiment, you will be given $5.00 as compensation for your involvement.

Restrictions: Participants must have normal or corrected to normal hearing. In addition, participants who have been diagnosed as “tone deaf” should not apply.


Experiment #5: Relaxation and Cognition

Location: 363 Pettengill
Duration: 50 minutes
Credits: 1.0
Experimenter: Abby Weinreb
E-mail: aweinreb@bates.edu
Phone Number: 8609785966
Sign-up link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FA8AA2CA7FB6-relaxation

This study seeks to uncover the relationship between induced relaxation and cognition. Participants will be asked to respond to a few questionnaires, complete a short cognitive task and listen to an audio stimulation. he relationship between induced relaxation and cognition. Participants will be asked to respond to a few questionnaires, complete a short cognitive task and listen to an audio stimulation. The experiment will last approximately 50 minutes, and you will be awarded one credit for your participation. Include the name of your psychology professor when you sign up so you can receive credit for participation. Please arrive on time so we can begin promptly. If you have a conflict and need to cancel or reschedule your session, please email the experimenter at: aweinreb@bates.edu.

Restrictions: Please do not sign up for this experiment if 1) You are an experienced meditator OR 2) You participated in experiment #14 (audio stimulation and cognition) last semester


Experiment #6: Memory, Science and Religion

Location: Pgill 329 (Computer lab on the 3rd floor)
Duration: 30 minutes
Credits: 0.5
Experimenter: Ali Millard
E-mail: mmillard@bates.edu
Phone Number: 9084587619
Sign-up link: This study is no longer collecting data.

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between memory, science, and religion. In the first task you will be asked to complete a brief memory writing exercise and answer a few questions about it. In the second task you will be asked to read an article and respond to it in a series of questions. The entire experience should take about 30 minutes.

Restrictions: Cannot have participated in Experiment 21 last semester


Experiment #7: Cold Pressor Task, Part 2 of 3

Location: Pgill 374
Duration: 15 minutes
Credits: 0.25
Experimenter: Katie Meade
E-mail: kmeade@bates.edu
Phone Number: 603-531-3396
Sign-up link: Participate in Exp. #101 first to sign up for this project

This study will look at the relationship between personal attributes and the length of time people are able to voluntarily keep their hand submerged in freezing ice water (in seconds). This is a 3 part experiment. The first is a survey administered online (Exp. #101). The second requires coming into the lab in Pgill 374 (Exp. #7) and the third is another survey administered online (Exp. #102).  If you participate in all three parts, you will receive an extra .5 credit (counted as Exp. #8), for a total of 1.25 credits.

Restrictions: Please be willing to participate in ALL 3 parts of this study.


Experiment #8: Cold Pressor Task, Bonus Credit

Location: N/A
Duration: n/a
Credits: 0.5
Experimenter: Katie Meade
E-mail: kmeade@bates.edu
Phone Number: 603-531-3396
Sign-up link: n/a

This is the bonus half credit awarded to participants who complete all three parts of the Cold Pressor Task.  To sign up for this project, see Exp. #101.

Restrictions: You must have participated in Experiments #101, #7, and #102 to receive this extra credit.


Experiment #9: Judgements on a Person

Location: 374
Duration: 15 minutes
Credits: 0.25
Experimenter: Caroline Cramer
E-mail: ccramer@bates.edu
Phone Number: 617-755-0452
Sign-up link: This study is no longer collecting data.

The purpose of this study is to make judgements on a person after watching a short film. Participants will view a short video and then fill out a questionnaire.

Restrictions: You may not sign up in the same time slot with someone you know.


Experiment #10: Mapping the Uncanny Valley

Location: Pettengill 327 (next to big computer classroom)
Duration: 45 minutes
Credits: 0.75
Experimenter: Hannah Weiss
E-mail: hweiss@bates.edu
Phone Number: 678-372-2251
Sign-up link: http://signupschedule.com/hlw222

The purpose of this study is to gather more information about a visual-perception phenomenon known as the “uncanny valley”. Originally coined by robotics professor Masahiro Mori, the uncanny valley describes the response of individuals when confronted with androids or other artificial creatures that have very strong human physical traits but yet are not quite human. Many people report these human-like figures to be uncanny or creepy when the figure becomes nearly human-like. The effect of the uncanny valley has been noted by television and film producers who design human-like characters for media. As not many empirical studies have studied this phenomenon, the goal of the present study is to understand better the boundaries of the uncanny valley and to determine why the boundaries may differ from person to person.

Restrictions: No restrictions.


Experiment #11: Social Perceptions and Personality

Location: Pettengill G04
Duration: 15 minutes
Credits: 0.25
Experimenter: Taylor Guss
E-mail: tguss@bates.edu
Phone Number: 434-566-8953
Sign-up link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DADAF2BA3FC1-experiment

The following experiment aims to examine the relationship between social perceptions, personality, and cognition. The experiment consists of one task followed by a brief questionnaire.

Restrictions: 101 students only.


Experiment #12: What was that too?

Location: Pettengill 366
Duration: 60 minutes
Credits: 1.0
Experimenter: Mariya Manahova
E-mail: mmanahov@bates.edu
Phone Number: 617-953-0737
Sign-up link: This study is no longer recruiting participants.

In this experiment you will respond to different features of rapidly presented visual images. This experiment is similar to #2, but people who have done #2 CAN still do this one.

Restrictions: You must have normal color vision. You must also have normal or corrected-to-normal vision. If you have glasses or contacts, please wear them to the experiment.


Experiment #13: Athletics and Academics Thesis

Location: PGILL 257
Duration: 30 minutes
Credits: 0.5
Experimenter: Tyler Harwood
E-mail: tharwood@bates.edu
Phone Number: 508-330-6515
Sign-up link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BA5AA2BA1FC1-athletics

This study is designed to investigate the relationship between athletics and academics at Bates. Participants will be asked to complete several pencil and paper measures including a brief writing activity and a short math test. Please note that some of these tasks may be stressful. The experiment should not take longer than 30 minutes to complete.

Restrictions: males only


Experiment #14: Cognition in bilinguals and monolinguals

Location: PGILL 329
Duration: 40 minutes
Credits: 0.75
Experimenter: Helen Chyz
E-mail: hchyz@bates.edu
Phone Number: 206-962-1826
Sign-up link: http://signupschedule.com/hchyz

Participants will categorize shapes and colors and perform a memory task. Bilingual participants will also complete a very brief survey about their language use.

Restrictions: Please sign up if you consider yourself EITHER monolingual OR bilingual. For example, if you are a language major/minor or just studied abroad and have a good amount of language exposure but aren’t fully bilingual you would not qualify as monolingual or bilingual. It is ok if you speak more than two languages fluently.


Experiment #15: Eyewitness Study

Location: PGILL 374
Duration: 25 minutes
Credits: 0.5
Experimenter: Emma Reichart
E-mail: ereichar@bates.edu
Phone Number: 2039274829
Sign-up link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084FA4A82BA3F94-eyewitness

In this experiment, you will watch footage from a department store security camera and answer a brief questionnaire about your observations. Worth 0.5 credits

Restrictions: You may NOT sign up if you have already participated in Nina Tupper’s fall thesis study (experiment #16 from last semester)


Experiment #16: Personality, Writing, and Generation Y

Location: Pgill 329
Duration: 45 minutes
Credits: 0.75
Experimenter: William Fubini
E-mail: wfubini@bates.edu
Phone Number: 6179660835
Sign-up link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C084FA5AA2DA0FC1-personality2

Participants will fill out multiple measures of personality, provide two writings samples, and will be asked to evaluate consumer product advertisements.

Restrictions:


Experiment #17: Psychology and Fitness Study

Location: 376
Duration: 15 minutes
Credits: 0.25
Experimenter: Katherine Yannopoulos
E-mail: kyannopo@bates.edu
Phone Number: 8603310593
Sign-up link: This study is no longer collecting data.

Participants will be asked to view a parody work out video and fill out a brief survey.

Restrictions: Males only


Experiment #18: What makes someone a good mind-reader?

Location: Pettengill 327 (next to big computer classroom)
Duration: 45 minutes
Credits: 0.75
Experimenter: Hannah Weiss
E-mail: hweiss@bates.edu
Phone Number: 678-372-2251
Sign-up link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0845ABA92BA7FB6-time

This study examines the personality contributors to adult theory of mind — the ability to adopt the perspective of another person and to sense what he or she is thinking and feeling. The study involves a computerized “mind reading” task and completion of personality assessment measures. The study involves one 45-minute lab visit.

Restrictions: Subjects must be right-handed and NOT taking any medications for psychiatric or neurological conditions. Subjects must NOT have been diagnosed with any psychological disorders such as depression, ADHD, learning disability, anxiety, or eating disorders. Subjects must NOT have ever sustained a head injury involving loss of consciousness lasting longer than 3 minutes. Subjects must be native English speakers or have learned English from a very young age.


Experiment #19: Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Location: PGILL 321 (unless notified by email to only complete online questionnaire)
Duration: 30 minutes
Credits: 0.5
Experimenter: Margaux Donze
E-mail: mdonze@bates.edu
Phone Number: 6174173249
Sign-up link: http://signupschedule.com/mdonze

This experiment aims to explore breast cancer awareness and breast self exam behavior among female undergraduates. Participants will be asked to complete an online questionnaire and may or may not be asked to participate in a brief training session beforehand.

Restrictions: females only


Experiment #20: Visual Search Task

Location: PGill 366
Duration: 20 minutes
Credits: 0.5
Experimenter: Anne Carroll
E-mail: acarroll@bates.edu
Phone Number: 617-803-8011
Sign-up link: This study is no longer collecting data.

Did you love where’s waldo as a kid? Well now is your chance to play a slightly modified version of that game for credit! In this study you will be doing a computer task where you will be looking for a target hidden amongst an array of distractors. The task should last around 20 mins.

Restrictions: Normal to corrected vision. Please where your contacts or glasses if you require them to see normally


Experiment #21: Personality and Operant Conditioning

Location: 485 Bates College
Duration: 30 minutes
Credits: 0.5
Experimenter: Conor Smith
E-mail: csmith3@bates.edu
Phone Number: 2074006221
Sign-up link: http://signupschedule.com/csmith3

In this study you will take a personality test and attempt to solve a set of mental puzzles.

Restrictions: You must have normal or corrected-to-normal vision. If you have glasses or contacts, please wear them to the experiment. If you do not have normal color vision, please notify the experimenter at the time of the experiment.

Online studies



Experiment #101: Cold Pressor Task, Part 1 of 3

Location: This study is no longer recruiting participants.
Duration: 15 minutes
Credits: 0.25
Experimenter: Katie Meade
E-mail: kmeade@bates.edu
Phone Number: 603-531-3396

This study will look at the relationship between personal attributes and the length of time people are able to voluntarily keep their hand submerged in freezing ice water (in seconds). This is a 3 part experiment. The first is a survey administered online (Exp. #101). The second requires coming into the lab in Pgill 374 (Exp. #7) and the third is another survey administered online (Exp. #102).  If you participate in all three parts, you will receive an extra .5 credit (counted as Exp. #8), for a total of 1.25 credits.

Restrictions: Please be willing to participate in ALL 3 parts of this study.


Experiment #102: Cold Pressor Task, Part 3 of 3

Location: Participate in Exp. #101 and Exp. #7 first to receive the link to this survey.
Duration: 15 minutes
Credits: 0.25
Experimenter: Katie Meade
E-mail: kmeade@bates.edu
Phone Number: 603-531-3396

This study will look at the relationship between personal attributes and the length of time people are able to voluntarily keep their hand submerged in freezing ice water (in seconds). This is a 3 part experiment. The first is a survey administered online (Exp. #101). The second requires coming into the lab in Pgill 374 (Exp. #7) and the third is another survey administered online (Exp. #102).  If you participate in all three parts, you will receive an extra .5 credit (counted as Exp. #8), for a total of 1.25 credits.

Restrictions: Please be willing to participate in ALL 3 parts of this study.


Experiment #103: It’s Party Time!: Social Interactions In A College Setting

Location: https://bates.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_86yZtmerFq99hNX
Duration: 15 minutes
Credits: 0.25
Experimenter: Gabrielle Naranja
E-mail: gnaranja@bates.edu
Phone Number: 207-834-2073

In this experiment you will be asked to complete a brief online survey. In the survey, you will be asked to read a short vignette about a hypothetical college social situation that involves sexual material. You will be asked to respond to questions relating to the vignette. The survey will also ask you to provide some demographic information and will ask questions relating to your sexuality and sexual attitudes.

Restrictions: Must be a Bates student.



Experiment #104: Expression of Emotion in Collectivistic and Individualistic Cultures

Location: This study is no longer collecting data.
Duration: 10 minutes
Credits: 0.25
Experimenter: Olivia Kronemeyer
E-mail: okroneme@bates.edu
Phone Number: 6319442443

In this study you will be asked to complete a series of questions about how you express emotions and to whom. In particular you will be asked to indicate how well a series of statements describes you and to report to whom you would express certain emotions.

Restrictions:


Experiment #105: Personality and Operant Conditioning, follow-up survey

Location: online link will be emailed to eligible participants
Duration: 15 minutes
Credits: 0.25
Experimenter: Conor Smith
E-mail: csmith3@bates.edu
Phone Number: 2074006221

In this study you will take a personality test online

Restrictions: You must have already participated in Exp. 21 and be invited to take this survey.


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