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All psychology dissertation students recruiting human participants face to face must use SONA when they reach their third year.

Level 4 and Level 5 psychology students must earn 10 Research Points  per year before they can use SONA or Qualtrics for their dissertation in Level 6. This gives students really valuable experience of participating in studies, and enables dissertation students reach ambitious  recruitment targets. Dissertation students  award participants 1 Research Point for every 15 minutes participation, and bonus 5 Research Points for face-to-face studies. Members of the public can also create accounts and participate.

For… dissertation students new to SONA:

Your SONA account will be upgraded to a researcher account when you attend one of the SONA dissertation workshops. Look out for an email about the SONA workshops in the first semester! Your study won’t go live until you click “send request” asking the administrator for approval so please feel free to experiment as soon as you have your account. SONA is easy to use and you can easily put your study on yourself with no help if you’d prefer. Everybody using SONA to recruit participants should read the SONA and ethics document, it will hopefully be useful for your ethics application documents!

Read more:  Advice on how to complete your study information page on SONA.

(Download accessible version of the completing study information page on SONA document)

For… Level 4, 5 and 6 psychology students who want to participate:

You’ll be given a participant account in Level 4 and will be able to  begin participating in studies as soon as you’ve logged on. You must earn at least 10 Research Points per year for participation. You receive 1 Research Point for every 15 minutes of participation + an additional 5 research Points for face-to-face studies. 2 of these Research Points will need to come from  participating in online surveys, you earn 1 Research Point for every online survey you complete. All psychology students are strongly encouraged to take part in as many studies as they can as they will be helping dissertation students and gaining insight that will definitely help when it comes to dissertation time and thinking about a career! A prize for the Level 4 and Level 5 student participating in the most studies will be awarded at the next BUDS conference.  Very Important: Psychology students must only use the participant account which is emailed to them from SONA, they are forbidden for requesting additional participant accounts (as set out below).

For… Anybody else who wants to participate in psychology studies:

Anybody can participate in studies, not just students. If you are a Brighton psychology student you must use your participant account. Members of public and non-psychology students can participate by clicking the link to SONA at the bottom of this page, clicking “Request Account”, and filling in the information asked for – you’ll need to give yourself a username, anything will do! You’ll get an email with your account details and be able to click a link to start participating.

For… Supervisors:

All psychology dissertation supervisors are automatically enrolled as PIs (called Principal Investigators on SONA). Your students set you as their PI when they register their study. If one of your students puts their study on SONA and asks for it to be approved to go live you will get an email from a psychology technician asking you to confirm you are content with the study. Only when you approve it will the student’s study go live and they can start recruiting.

For… Everyone

If you have any questions, contact the psychology technicians! There’s also a long guide to SONA, with everything that you could possibly need to know. We do not recommend you read it all, but it could be a useful reference if you have specific questions.

Finally! How do I find SONA? Please click: Take me to SONA!

Please take the time to read the Psychology Research Privacy Policy.

(Download accessible version of the Psychology Research Privacy Policy)