Psychology 111 Psychology Research in Action (PRIA)

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:
  • Go to the PRIA website.
  • Click ‘Forgot My Password’
    • Enter your username (your CSB/SJU email)
    • Once you click ‘email password’, you will receive an email to go in and set up your password.
    • Enter the temporary password provided in the PRIA email. After accessing your account for the first time, you will be prompted to change this password.
  • Read the privacy statement and complete the prescreen questionnaire (you’ll only need to do this the first time you log into the site).
  • Once you’re logged in, you can get information about available PRIA studies, talks, and events and sign up for the ones you want to participate in.
  • On this website, you can also check the times and locations of activities you’ve signed up for, verify the number of PRIA credits you’ve earned, and see your account information.
Signing Up for PRIA Studies, Talks and Events:
  • Click on “Study Sign-Up” to see a list of all available studies, talks, and events.
  • Click on individual studies or activities to read more about them.
  • Click “View Time Slots” to see when the study or activity is available.
  • Click on “Sign-Up” to automatically sign up for a specific time slot.

*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:
  • To check the studies or activities you are currently signed up for, click on “My Schedule and Credits.” This will provide you with the activity name, time, location, and credit status.
  • If you need to cancel your session, click on “My Schedule and Credits.” Find the session you want to cancel and click on the cancel button. You will be asked to verify your desire to cancel. Please cancel far enough in advance of the scheduled session so that others can sign up for the time slot.
  • If you need to cancel a research session on the day you planned to attend, please contact the researcher by email and let them know of your absence. The researcher's email is available under the description of the study on the “My Schedule and Credits” page.
  • Be sure to show up on time for your scheduled sessions. If you are late for a study, the researcher is not obligated to allow you to participate.
  • If you have problems accessing the site or signing up, please contact Ashley Koshiol in the Psychology Department by emailing  [email protected] or calling x5484.
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 Ashley Koshiol in the Psychology Department by calling x5484 or emailing [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.

  • After submitting the write-up form, you can check your PRIA account to see if credit was granted. Credit updates will take place within a few days of the receipt of your online form.
    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 Ashley Koshiol, the Psychology Department Coordinator (x5484 or [email protected]).

Contact the Psychology Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Robert Kachelski
Chair, Psychology Department
CSB Main 368