PSYC 001 Research Requirement and Participant Pool

Learning about research through first-hand experience is a requirement of several psychology courses, including PSYC 001 and most 100-level courses. This page provides information for PSYC 001 students. Students in 100-level courses receive information by email about half way through the semester.

The Educational Benefit of Participating in Experiments

Many areas of Psychology are advanced through scientific research and experimentation. Much of what is taught in textbooks and lectures is knowledge accumulated through the scientific enterprise. Participation in the PSYC 001 Participant Pool gives students an in-depth look at how psychological research is conducted here at Lehigh. Alternatively, students may gain knowledge of psychological research by reading empirical journal articles and writing a paper. The intent is to both provide an educational experience for students and to help the people conducting the research make contributions to science.

How It Works

Early in the semester, you will receive information about the two options, experiment participation and paper writing. Once you've chosen an option, further details will be sent by email. If you have chosen to be in experiments, then a set of experiments will be randomly assigned to you throughout the semester.  In order to administer the experiments, we use an online system called SONA, which you will join and use to schedule your sessions.  If you have selected to write a paper, then a selection of paper topics along with assigned readings will be sent to you

Detailed Information

Below are links to documents containing more detailed information. 

Contacting Us

The PSYC 001 Participant Pool is currently coordinated by Professor Pat O'Seaghdha and Irmak Olcaysoy Okten (graduate assistant).  You can contact them at: