Information for Participants

The SONA system is a web portal that allows researchers in the Psychology Department to post studies for which they may need participants. Some PSYC and HD classes allow students to participate in these studies for extra credit. PSYC 100 students are required to participate in these studies for credit (see the PSYC 100 Research Requirement in the left-side navigation bar for information about the requirement).

Signing up for a SONA account

  1. You must create a Participant account in SONA to sign-up for studies. Follow the steps below:

  2. Go to csusb.sona-systems.com

  3. Click the “Coyote ID Log In” button.

  4. Enter your Coyote ID and associated university password in the provided fields

  5. After you are authenticated, you will see a page with your name, User ID, and email address. Select your courses for the quarter from the available list. Make sure you are selecting the correct time/days/instructor associated with your classes. There are multiple sections of many courses.

  6. Click “Request Account”

  7. You will receive an email from the SONA system. Check your Spam folder if you don’t see the email.

  8. Return to csusb.sona-systems.com and select “Coyote ID Log In” again.

  9. After logging in, acknowledge the SONA policies and complete the Prescreen survey.

  10. You will then be directed to your main page where you can view available studies, credits earned, and upcoming appointments.

Follow all instructions on the SONA pages!

Important dates

2019-2020 Academic Year

  Fall Winter Spring
First day of SONA 9/19 1/6 3/30
Last day of SONA 12/2 3/16 6/8
Last day to assign credits/move credits between classes (@ 5pm) 12/6 3/20 6/12

General SONA Information

 

Cancelling Appointments

If you will not be able to attend a study that you signed up for, you should cancel your sign up (go to “My schedule/credits” after you log in to see the studies you are signed up for. And select the specific study to cancel your sign up). Usually, you have until 24 hours before a study to cancel your sign up. This varies by study- read the study information!

If you are no longer able to cancel a sign up for a study because it is too close to the study time, you should contact the study researcher! You will see the researcher’s name listed with the study information and an envelope icon. Click that icon to send them an email. Do not contact the psychology department office or the SONA admin team. They do not administer specific studies and your message may or may not eventually make it to the researcher.

Unexcused No-Shows

If you sign up for a study and do not show up to participate or do not participate online that you signed up for, the researcher will not grant you credit and will instead mark you as a “Unexcused No-Show”. If you acquire two “Unexcused No-Show” marks you will be unable to participate in any more SONA studies for the rest of the academic year.

Some researchers are also marking Unexcused No-Shows for participants who do not participate in good faith. This will be communicated to you in the consent form.

Assigning Credits to a Class/Changing Class Credits Assigned To

To add a course after you have created your account, go to “My Profile” and click the “Change Courses” button. Select the classes you would like to be able to apply your credits toward.

To assign credits to a class go to “My Schedule/Credits.” You can use the “Reassign” button to move credits around. You must already have your courses selected to assign credits to them.

Be sure to assign your credits to a class! Unassigned credits do not carry over to future quarters!

Credits from a single study cannot be split, but separate studies can be assigned to different classes.

If you do not see your class that means that class does not allow for SONA extra credit and you cannot assign any units to it.

Study and credit limits

Students are limited to participating in 6 units of online studies per quarter.

Studies are posted at the discretion of researchers. Sometimes at the end of the quarter there are no more studies available because researchers have all the participants they need. Do not count on there being available studies. If SONA is offered as an extra credit option in your class, the instructor is required to offer an alternative in case you cannot or do not want to participate in research. You should ask your instructor about the alternative if there are no studies available to you.

Who to Contact

If you have any questions or concerns about anything related to a study- credit decisions, study locations, study procedures- contact the researcher on the study (click the envelope icon next to their name in the study information). Do not contact the SONA admin team.

The Psychology Department Office cannot provide you information about study times or locations. You must refer to the Study Information in SONA.

Any questions related to the SONA system (account log-in and creation, how to assign credits to courses, etc.) you may contact SONA admin team at sona-admin@csusb.edu. If your question is answered on this page, you will be directed to look here.