Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Summary of Psychology Department Research for the Spring 2014 Semester

Psychology department faculty and students were busy in the research lab this semester, using Sona Systems to manage a total of 13 different studies involving 3 faculty members and 16 students.  Some students completed independent studies projects, others worked on honors theses, while yet others served as research assistants for faculty within the department.  There were 164 students enrolled in PSYC101 that served as research participants, earning a total of 1,110 research units over the course of the semester.  As one unit is defined as a procedure that takes 20 minutes to complete, this amounts to 370 continuous hours of data collection that took place over the spring 2014 semester.  Included among the 18 different studies were two online surveys that generated 6,174 individual data points. 
Additionally, the department gathered data using Amazon's Mechanical Turk (MTurk), which generated data from an 512 participants spread out in from across the country.  These participants provided an additional 8,420 data points.