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Policies and Procedures for Research Participants


Research Participant Policies

This section lists policies and procedures for participation in research studies in the University of Missouri - Kansas City Department of Psychology using the online system (the "Psych Pool"). The following is intended for all those who are eligible to participate in research in our department. Participation in most research projects is open to all UMKC students, faculty, and staff, depending on the study. Individual study descriptions will indicate who is eligible. Participation in research by those who are under 18 years of age is permitted for only some studies. Anyone younger than 18 yrs. must have a parent or other legal guardian sign a "Parental Consent Form", available from the researcher in charge of the study.


Study Sign-up

Participants may sign up for studies using the Psych Pool. After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that will tell you where to go. Please make a note of the building and room number, date and time of your appointment, and the name of the experimenter. After you participate, the experimenter should assess credit (unless this is a for-pay study) within 24 hours. If you have not received credit after 24 hrs, contact the experimenter. Whether/how these credits factor into a class grade is up to your instructor.



Participation credits are assigned in 1/2 hour increments. Participants receive 1 credit for each hour of research participation, and 1/2 credit for each half-hour.



You can log into the Psych Pool to cancel a research appointment. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time. The system will not allow cancellations within 24 hours of the start of an appointment.



Not every study offers compensation; read the descriptions carefully. For studies that offer course credit, check with your instructor to make sure that this experiment is appropriate.



If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by an experimenter, you may petition the faculty coordinator to resolve the dispute. E-mail the Psych Pool Administrator for information.