To supplement your laboratory experience, all Introduction to Psychology students are required to take part in two psychology-related activities. These activities can include participating in designated psychology studies, attending designated psychology-related talks, or attending approved Psi Chi events. The Psychology Department uses an experiment management system to record your psychology-related activities. Only experiments, talks, and events posted on the Psychology Research in Action (PRIA) web site will count toward the Psychology Research in Action (PRIA) requirement.
To access your PRIA account:
Signing Up for PRIA Studies, Talks and Events:
*COPY DOWN THE INFORMATION YOU RECEIVE ABOUT THE STUDY OR ACTIVITY. It is very important that you copy down the activity name, time, location, and the name of the researcher. Also, write down your identity code (AKA your "PRIA Number", which is always available by clicking “My Profile”) and bring it to the study. Researchers can only give you credit in the system using your identity code, not your name.
Important Information Regarding Sign-ups:
Your Rights as a Research Participant:
We are committed to protecting your privacy and integrity as a research participant. All studies available on the PRIA web site have received approval by the CSB/SJU Institutional Review Board. You have a right to an explanation of any study before you agree to participate in it. In addition, everything that you say or do during a research project is strictly confidential. If during a study, you decide that you would rather not participate after all, then just ask the researcher for your credit slip and leave. You cannot be penalized in any way for leaving a research session once it has begun. If you have a complaint, concern, or suggestion about the project you participated in, please feel free to contact Stephanie Besst in the Psychology Department by calling her (x3314 or x5484) or e-mailing her ([email protected]).
After the Research Session:
When the research session is over, you will receive an explanation of the research project. Pay close attention and ask any questions you have – this is your chance to find out what the research was all about. The researcher may ask you not to share certain parts of the research with others. It is very important for the research project that you help out by not talking to others about the research. If you do talk, you may be ruining a student’s senior project or a faculty member’s research.
After you complete the session, the researcher will update your PRIA account to reflect your participation. ALL CREDITS NEED TO BE MANUALLY ENTERED INTO THE SYSTEM, SO IT MAY TAKE A FEW DAYS FOR THE CREDIT TO SHOW UP ON YOUR ACCOUNT.
Psychology Talks or Psi Chi Events:
Signing up for approved psychology-related talks and Psi Chi events works just like signing up for research studies – all available activities are listed on the PRIA website.
However, in order to receive credit for attending a talk or event, you’ll need to complete a write-up of the activity using an online form within one week of the event. The form can be accessed by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
*You will only receive credit for attending approved talks and activities. It is your responsibility to submit your write-ups within one week of the date of the talk or activity.
If You Need Help:
If you have general questions about your PRIA requirement, ask your TI. If you have trouble using the PRIA website or if the number of credits listed on the PRIA website does not match your records, please contact Stephanie Besst, the Psychology Department Coordinator (x3314 or x5484; [email protected]).