Participation Guidelines

Signing Up for Studies

Via your Sona account, you will automatically receive emails notifying you about available studies. You are responsible for choosing which studies to sign up for. You must sign up for a study in order to participate in it. In Sona, you can click on a study to see a description of it. There is also a "timeslots" link that shows when each study will occur.

When you sign up for a study, make sure to indicate to which course you’d like your participation credited.  After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation message. You will also be assigned a unique ID – you will need to provide this ID when you participate in a study.


Studies are available throughout the quarter. Studies take place in the lab facilities (5th Floor of the Wells Fargo wing). Take the West elevators to the 5th floor to find the lab.

Please participate as early in the quarter as you can. If you wait until the last days of the quarter, there may be few studies available.

If You Need To Cancel

If your plans change and you cannot participate in a study for which you’ve signed up, please cancel via Sona with at least 24 hours notice. Failure to cancel will result in a “no show”; multiple “no shows” may result in a loss of your right to participate in studies.

Receiving Credit

After you participate in a study, you will receive credit for participating via the Sona system. You can always check how many credits you have earned using your Sona account.

One credit per Study Session

For every study session in which you participate, you will earn one credit. The actual length of a session can be anywhere between 40 to 55 minutes.


A Note about FOR-CREDIT versus PAID studies

To fulfill course requirements you must complete two hours of FOR-CREDIT studies. Studies conducted in the 5th floor lab are FOR-CREDIT. Participation in paid studies CANNOT be applied towards course requirements.


If you are unwilling or unable to participate in studies at the Atkinson Lab, you may write a paper as an alternative assignment. Contact for details.

When you need assistance

For help with Sona, questions about the Behavioral Lab participation system, clarifications about course requirements, or any other matter send an email to