Instructions for Online Studies

 

Informed Consent

There is a specific template for the informed consent for online studies. Read the template below carefully for instructions, and be sure to fully edit out the instructions on the finished product.

   

To recruit LOC participants, we recommend you use Qualtrics.

For studies granting LOC credit, you must recruit participants through the SONA system and we recommend you use Qualtrics. To obtain a Qualtrics account, ask your professor to send the name of one member of your research group to timothyclarke@muhlenberg.edu.

If you also want to recruit non-LOC participants, you will need to create a separate copy of your survey with a different distribution link for this purpose. In this copy of your survey, you should not mention LOC credit in the informed consent and debriefing. In fact, if Muhlenberg students might see this version of your survey, you should mention on the first page that the study does NOT grant LOC credit. If Muhlenberg students will see your non-LOC recruitment message (for example, a Facebook post), then it must specify that the study does NOT grant LOC credit.

To recruit LOC participants, you must post your study on SONA.

Setting up your study in SONA isn't difficult, but there are many important details. Read these instructions in full before beginning. Even a small mistake can prevent you from collecting usable data: Link Your Online Study to SONA

Debriefing

All participants in all LOC studies must be provided with a debriefing using the online template. Read the template below carefully for additional instructions, and be sure to fully edit out the instructions on the finished product. 

 

 

Questions or Problems?

 Contact the Psychology Department webmaster (conniewolfe@muhlenberg.edu) or your course instructor.

 


Informed Consent Template for Online Studies [Download PDF: Online Informed Consent Template]

Psychology Department Online Study Informed Consent

Study Title: (use the same title given in your SONA or other recruitment materials)

Experimenter(s): (provide the full name of at least one of the people responsible for running your study; include phone # and e-mail address)

In order to participate in this research study, it is necessary that you give your informed consent. By continuing with this study you are indicating that you understand the nature of the research study and your role in that research and that you agree to participate in the research. Please consider the following points before proceeding:

I understand that the purpose (s) of this research is _____, the expected duration of my participation will be _____, I will engage in these tasks, _____ <provide a sentence or two about the general activities in which research participants will participate>.

I understand that my identity will NOT be linked with my data, and that all information I provide will remain confidential;

I understand that this study is associated with these risks: _____ <Describe any reasonably foreseeable risks or discomforts to the participant, including not only physical injury, but also possible psychological, social, or economic harm, discomfort, or inconvenience.>

I understand that I may reasonably expect to receive the following benefits from participating in this study: _____ <A description of any benefits to the subject or to others that may reasonably be expected from the research (if no direct benefit, this should be stated).>

I understand I will have to pay the following cost, _____, or receive the following compensation: _____ <A statement concerning costs or compensation to the participant, if any. Indicate here whether or not completion of this study earns LOC credit.>

I understand that I will be provided with an explanation of the research in which I participated and be given the name and telephone number of an individual to contact if I have questions about the research. In addition, I understand that I may contact the Psychology Department Coordinator of Human Participants Research, Alan Tjeltveit, at tjelt@muhlenberg.edu or 484-664-3420, if I have questions concerning my rights as a participant in psychological research or to report a research-related injury.

<If you are running a study involving deception, the following clause is required:> I understand that certain facts about the study might be withheld from me, and the researchers might not, initially, tell me the true or full purpose of the study. However, the complete facts and true purpose of the study will be disclosed to me at the completion of the study session.

I understand that my participation in this research project is voluntary, that my refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which I am otherwise entitled, and that I may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which I am otherwise entitled.

NEXT, YOU NEED TO CREATE A QUESTION THAT IS MANDATORY FOR PARTICIPANTS TO ANSWER. THE TEXT OF THAT QUESTION SHOULD READ:

Please indicate your choice below. If you wish to participate in the study click on 'consent'. If you choose not to participate in the study at this time click on 'decline.'

THE RESPONSE OPTIONS FOR THIS QUESTION SHOULD BE TWO CHOICES WITH THE FOLLOWING TEXT:

Consent: Clicking on 'consent' indicates that you are over 18 years of age, that you understand the above information, and that you consent to participate in this study being conducted at Muhlenberg College.

Decline: Clicking on 'decline' indicates that you choose not to participate in the study at this time.

THE DECLINE BUTTON SHOULD TAKE PARTICIPANTS DIRECTLY TO YOUR DEBRIEFING FORM. (THEY WILL STILL GET LOC-R CREDIT, AND STILL NEED THAT DEBRIEFING INFORMATION.) IN MOST SURVEY PROGRAMS, YOU USE "SKIP-LOGIC" TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

 

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Debriefing Template for Online Studies [Download PDF: Online Debriefing Template ]

Psychology Department Online Study Debriefing Document

Study Title: <use the same title given in your SONA or other recruitment materials>

About this Study: <Provide a more detailed description of your study – its design and purpose. Use plain language. Either avoid psychology jargon, or explain what the terms mean.>

If you have questions, contact the experimenters:

Experimenter(s): provide the full name of at least one of the people responsible for running your study; include phone # and e-mail address)

For ethical concerns, contact the Psychology Department Coordinator of Human Participants Research, Alan Tjeltveit, tjelt@muhlenberg.edu at 484-664-3420.

PRINT THIS DEBRIEFING PAGE FOR YOUR RECORDS. PSY 101 Students: you will need this information to get LOC-R credit.

Click DONE to complete this study. Your participation will be recorded in the SONA Research Participant System.

PSY 101 Students: Don't forget to also complete the LOC-R Assignment form for this study.