Research Participation Program
Your Guide to the Research Participation Program and Pool


**Researcher use of the RPP is limited to Psychology Department faculty, graduate students, postdocs, honors students, postbacs, and lab managers.**


About the RPP Sona Contact RPP


For Students

Please download and read completely: RPP Information for Students
Fall 2016
Aug 17 First day to create a Sona account (see "RPP Information for Students")
Aug 24 First day participate in the RPP Prescreening Survey
Sept 4 Last day to complete the RPP Prescreening Survey by 12 pm (noon)
Sept 5 First day to participate in studies (other than Prescreening)
Oct 14 Last day to earn a credit for Phase 1
Dec 1 Last day to participate in studies
Dec 1 Last day for researchers to credit participants
Dec 2 Last day to change credit allocations to Psychology courses


For Researchers

Please download for more information on RPP requirements and procedures: Guidelines for Researchers
Fall 2016
Aug 15 Prescreening online application & Qualtrics survey due
Aug 15-18 Submit prescreening paperwork 10am-12pm & 1-3pm, Psych. Dept. office (3210 Tolman Hall); due by Aug. 18
Aug 24-Sept 4 Online Prescreening Survey testing
Aug 24-29 Submit Phase 1 application paperwork 10am-12pm & 1-3pm, Psych. Dept. office (3210 Tolman Hall)
Aug 29 RPP Phase I online application  and paperwork due
Sept 5 Researchers receive Prescreening information
Sept 5 First day to run Phase I studies
Oct 7 or before RPP Phase II begins
Dec 1 Last day to run studies and credit participants


About the Research Participation Program (RPP)

UC Berkeley is known worldwide for its outstanding research and the Department of Psychology adds to that reputation with a long history of important, breakthrough work. The Research Participation Program (RPP) gives undergraduate students a chance to participate in some of this research. As a participant in RPP surveys and experiments, you help the department's graduate student and faculty researchers answer important questions about psychology. Your participation offers you a chance to learn more about research methods and the latest topics and to meet faculty and graduate student researchers.


To encourage participation in the RPP, your psychology course is allowing you to receive research participation credit as part of your grade. Participation in the RPP involves participating in a certain number of experiments throughout the semester. In addition, you can earn one RPP credit at the beginning of the semester by completing the optional Prescreening Survey.


It is your choice to volunteer, or not, for the program. Students in the RPP program courses who choose to not volunteer should speak with their instructor or GSI about an alternative task. We hope, however, that you will choose to participate. This information explains the program in further detail. If you do participate, keep this information as a reference about the program's policies and your role in it.


You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the RPP. If you are not 18, please notify your instructor or GSI and obtain an alternative task.


For questions about the RPP please email rpp at