SONA Research Experience

The Department of Psychological Science at Kennesaw State University iscommitted to advancing the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. In order to emphasize the empirical basis of psychology, students taking PSYC 1101 must complete the research experience requirement as noted in their syllabi.

If you have any other questions or concerns about using SONA, please email

  • SONA is the KSU Department of Psychological Science Research Participation System. This is for students who are looking to serve as a participant in a psychology study to earn credits toward the PSYC 1101 Research Experience Requirement.

  • You will find a link to SONA in Desire2Learn (D2L) on your course homepage. You can use this link for easy access or you can type in the address, which is

  • Your PSYC 1101 instructor will provide details of the SONA requirement in the course syllabus, including the number of credits to be earned and how to login. Students will navigate to SONA and login with their normal KSU credentials (i.e., and password that is used for OwlExpress). After DUO Authentication, access will be granted.

  • Please email for any assistance. You can expect to receive a response to your inquiry within 24 business hours.

  • Students will login to SONA to view available study sessions. Students will read the descriptions of the studies provided and sign up for those they are eligible for and wish to participate in. Study session timeslots are posted throughout the semester; students need to check for the availability of studies regularly. Please note that students may login and find there is only one study available during a particular week; the following week perhaps there may be two studies available and then again, none. DO NOT wait until the last few weeks of the semester to try and complete this
    requirement; You may find that there are not enough/any timeslots remaining. If not, you will not be able to earn credit for the assignment.

  • Researchers manually have to post credits earned for a study session. Credits are typically posted at least once per week, but many researchers post daily. You can find the information about when to expect your credit to be posted in the study description. If you are not awarded credit for your participation but have reason to believe you should have been, then you should email the researcher of the study after at least one week has passed from the initial session date.

  • Studies may be scheduled to be completed in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid format. Based on the study description, you will be able to determine how your study is to be completed. Please note that regardless of study modality, a timeslot is assigned for the study - The study must be completed on or by an indicated date and time. When you sign up for an in-person study, you are essentially making an appointment with the researcher just as you would if you were making a dentist appointment. It is your responsibility to remember all contact information (dates, times, researchers, buildings, room numbers, etc.) for your scheduled appointment time. This information
    is provided to you upon signing up and often in a follow-up email. Failure to appear will result in a failure to be awarded credit.

  • If you cannot keep a research appointment or you no longer wish to participate in a study, you can cancel your sign-up in SONA. To do so, login to SONA, navigate to My Schedule/Credits and select CANCEL for the appropriate study. Most studies have cancellation cut off times but check the study information to be certain.

    If you cannot attend an in-person research appointment, but you must cancel after the cancelation period ends (but before the appointment takes place), you must call or email the researcher of that specific study, to avoid being penalized for failure to appear. In this instance, you will be awarded an "excused no-show" for the session and you will not be allowed to sign-up for that study again.

    If you fail to show up and fail to cancel an in-person session, you will be awarded an "unexcused no-show" and need to complete a different study. Please note that your account may be limited so that you would NOT be allowed to register for online or in-person studies for the remainder of the semester.

  • Students must complete their SONA research participation no later than the last day of scheduled classes OR by the date designated by their instructor. The final date of classes can be found on the appropriate KSU Academic Calendar on the Office of the Registrar's website.

  • The Alternative Research Experience is provided for students enrolled in PSYC 1101 courses as an alternate option to participating in a researchs tudy. Students may decide that they cannot or do not want to participate in a traditional research study in order to gain research experience and to fulfill the PSYC 1101 SONA research experience requirement. Thus, this research experience is provided as an alternative option for interested students.

    The Alternative Research Experience is offered exclusively online using SONA, D2L, and Turnitin. Students will sign up for a timeslot using theSONA research system. Please read the study description in its entirety - Note that the timeslot is the date that the assignment is DUE (@11:59pm), not the start date and time.

    To find available sessions for the Alternative Research Experience, students will login to SONA, navigate to View All Studies and select "Semester: Alternative Research Experience (For Participants 18 Years and OLDER)" OR "Semester: Alternative Research Experience (For Participants UNDER 18 Years Old). Please select the appropriate session; the researcher will remove your sign-up if you do not meet the qualifications. When searching for the Alternative Research Experience, if no information is generated that will mean that all the sessions are full/closed at that time. The student will need to check back for timeslot availability.

    After signing up for the Alternative, the student will receive an email in their KSUMail account to confirm their sign up and provide further instructions.

    Special instructions for Minors: In order to earn required SONA credits,PSYC 1101 students who are minors (i.e., under 18 years old) must participate in the Alternative Research Experience as they are not eligible to participate in other research studies offered through SONA. Please
    plan to sign up/complete the study early in the semester as timeslots do fill up quickly.