Research Participation for PSY 1 & 7

PSY 1 and PSY 7 students are required to fulfill a research requirement. Students’ participation exposes them to the psychological research process, and it provides an essential portion of the subject pool for researchers at UCSB.

Please visit the Support Services tab of this website to view the Research Requirement Handout with information on:

  • How to use a Sona account
  • Participation dates for the quarter
  • Directions on writing the alternative paper to fulfill the research requirement

Sona is the system used for online research participation scheduling in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences (PBS):

Students wishing to participate in the Subject Pool must be 18 years of age or older, or have a parental consent form on file. Please email to obtain the form.

Special Needs

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that students with special needs have equal access to program information. If you are a special needs student requiring assistance in signing up for Subject Pool experiments, you may email the Subject Pool Coordinator at or visit the PBS Main Office located in Psychology East 1814.

Concurrent Enrollment and Foreign Students

If you are a concurrent enrollment student (a student taking UCSB classes through University Extension), or a foreign student, your name will not appear on the class list for PSY 1 or PSY 7. Please email the Subject Pool Coordinator, or visit the PBS Main Office in Psychology East 1814, to obtain an account and login information for the Sona System.