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School of Psychology
The subject pool is for Florida Tech faculty and graduate student use only. In order to have your study posted, you must have proper approval from the university's Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB homepage has information on Florida Tech's policies and guidelines for human subjects research as well as the proper forms that will need to be submitted to have a project approved.
Once approval has been granted, you may contact the Sona Systems Administrator (Dr. Vanessa Edkins, email@example.com) and request an account. When you are posting a study on Sona Systems, you need to indicate the IRB approval expiration date in the form provided. All students will cease to be visible to students after the IRB approval has expired.
Use of the Subject Pool
The Introduction to Psychology class has a 10 credit, Research/Experiential Activities requirement of which experiment participation is one option. Credits for research study participation are calculated as 1 credit for attendance (this does not apply to online studies) plus 1 credit per 30 minutes (or portion thereof) of time spent in the study location - e.g., a 45 minute study would be worth 3 credits.
After a student has participated in your study, you will need to log into Sona Systems (http://floridatech.sona-systems.com) and give that student the earned credit. This should be done as soon as possible after study participation.
For students' convenience, all studies are listed on the Sona Systems website and sign-ups will occur through this site.
How-to Documents For Sona Systems
At the University's iTunes U website you can find demonstration videos for requesting an account, setting up online and on-campus studies, posting timeslots, and crediting participants. The videos are under the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts, Sona Systems demos. PDF files demonstrating step-by-step instructions are also available: