Expose yourself to psychology research being conducted at UNI.

This is a requirement for all PSYC 1001 sections at UNI.


You may participate as a subject in actual  research being conducted at the university,  read and summarize peer-reviewed  research articles, attend a presentation of recent research findings, or some combination of the three.    You are expected to earn FOUR credits by the end of the semester.

 ** Not completing this requirement will result in witholding of your grade, that is an incomplete **


  Option one : SONA  During a semester, a variety of experiments are conducted in the Department of Psychology by both faculty and students. These may include experiments in social, clinical, health, personality, industrial, cognitive, and biological psychology.  In any one semester only some of these areas will be represented. Experiments will generally begin to be available during the third or fourth week of school, with more available as the semester progresses. Participating in research is a good way to learn more about psychology and methodology while contributing directly to our knowledge of human behavior. Click on the "option one" link above for more information and to log onto the participant manager (I credit for one hour or any part of one hour). You should keep the informed consent given to you when you participate until the end of the semester, but you do not have to do anything to receive your credit.

The research carried out in the psychology department is important to UNIís goal of involving students in hands-on and applied educational experiences, so please treat your participation seriously. All studies are reviewed and approved in advance by the Institutional Review Board at UNI. When you arrive at each study, that study will be explained to you by the researcher and you will have a chance to ask any questions you may have about participation. You will be asked to give your consent to participate.

You earn .5 research credit for studies that require 30 minutes or less, 1 credit for studies that require between 35 and 60 minutes, 2 credits for studies that require between 65-90 minutes, and 3 credits for studies that require 90-120 minutes. Unless otherwise indicated, you can participate only ONCE in a specific study.  

Overview of Signing up for Research Studies: The Psychology department uses a WEB-based sign-up system known as the SONA system. All experiments are listed on the Website located at: https://unipsych.sona-systems.com. All research credit earned through participation (Option 1) will be recorded on the website. Links to SONA are also on the Psychology Department Webpage (www.uni.edu/psych).


    Option two:  Read a pre-approved journal article and write a 2 page summary (1 credit for each summary). DO NOT WORRY THAT THE STATISTICS DO NOT MAKE PERFECT SENSE, just try and understand broadly what was done and how the research (the careful systematic collection of data) led the authors to their conclusions. Read the "abstract" multiple times. If possible, add a sentence about how it links to something you learned in class. You may submit one article summary per week. You must plan ahead to earn research credits in this manner; you will not be able to submit more than one summary per week. No summaries will be accepted after the last week of classes begins.  


Lesbian/Gay/Bisexualaity issues and psychology: Preapproved article "Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults" by C. Ryan and others (2010)  http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/files/FAP_Family%20Acceptance_JCAPN.pdf

Music and Psychology: Preapproved journal article: "Individual music therapy for depression: randomised controlled trial." by J. Erkkila and otehrs (2011).

Thinking about culture and norms/developmental psychology. What can scientific method and data show us?  Here is analysis and an interview with the authors here. Here is the original research study: No Child Left Alone: Moral judgements about estimates of risk to children Thomas, AJ et al (2016).

Sport performance and psychology: Pre-aprroved journal article entitled "The Effects of Hypnosis on flow states and three-point shooting performance in basketball players." Pates et al., (2002)

Stress and Psychology: Preapproved journal article "The benefits of expressive writing after the Madrid terrorist attack: Implications for emotional activation and positive affect" related to effectiveness of therapy. and handling stressors. 

Social Psychology/Effects of video games: Preapproved journal article on Violent video games and aggression: Longitudinal effects of Violent Video games on Aggression in US and Japan by Anderson et al. Note this research is not itself an experimental design.

Psychology/Effects of video games: Preapproved artilce. An example of experimental research on viewing violence/violent vide game playing. Effects of Violent Video Games on Aggressive Behavior JESP Barthalow, 2002.

Research Methodology: Pre - approved journal articleshows how a peer reviewed areticle can be short and to the point. This is EFA vitamin supplements and behavior, "Influence of supplementary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids on the antisocial behaviour of young adult prisoners. Randomised, placebo-controlled trial." FYI as background, these nutrients appear to make neuron membranes more "flexible" (but the effects on neurons are not covered in the article, just behavior). When reading, note the importance of the "control group" for making cause and effect conclusions about the supplements.

Class connections Developmental Psychology: Pre-approved journal article five is the full text of the Dweck research we discuss in class and similar research is mentioned in a video clip (get this by visiting the UNI library):   Kaarmins, M. L. & Dweck, C. S.  (1999). Person versus process praise and criticism: Implications for contingent self-worth and coping. Developmental Psychology. volume 35(3): 835-847.

Class Connections Psychoneuroendocrinology: This is the research by Cohen and colleagues fatured in your text (p. 528) and talked about in class on exposure to cold virus and actually getting ill with the cold. Types of stressors that increase susceptibility to the common cold in healthy adults.

Memory and Iron status. This research shows how cause and effect pattersn are established. It uses a memory test and recording of brain activity to show iron status affects memory in children. A heavy article, feel free to ask for help if this topic is of interest.  Working memory impairment and recovery in iron deficient children.

Interested in research regarding what happens when we die and related topics? Here is some research published in a top medical journal : Near-death experience in survivors of cardiac arrest: a prospective study in the Netherlands.


 Approved journal articles include research (that means with data) that I or another one of your psychology professors (if you have had another psych class at UNI) have published. If you are interested in reading one, it will count.


    Option three: Attend a special research presentation held at UNI and write a 2 page summary (1 credit for each summary of a research talk). 

The presentation(s) must be pre-approved and this is not available every semester.