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Northern Kentucky University Department of Psychology Research Participation Policies ExperimenTrak Participant Tutorial ExperimenTrak is the Psychology Department’s research participation management system. This system allows to you do the following tasks online: browse a list of currently available experiments (some of which are laboratory-based studies, and some of which are online studies), schedule appointments to participate in laboratory-based studies, cancel appointments to participate in laboratory-based studies, check your list of scheduled appointments for laboratory-based studies, participate in online studies, assign research credits to particular courses in which you are enrolled, and check the number of credits you have earned. Before using ExperimenTrak, you must read and agree to the policies described in the Participants’ Rights and Responsibilities document. You are responsible for all the information described in the Participants’ Rights and Responsibilities document, including the Psychology Department’s policies regarding the receipt of positive credits for participation in experiments and the receipt of penalty (negative) credits for failing to attend experiments without canceling your participation appropriately (i.e., no-showing). In order to download the Participants’ Rights and Responsibilities document, please click on the following link: http://www.nku.edu/~breitenbeche/participantrr.pdf We recommend that ...

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Northern Kentucky University
Department of Psychology
Research Participation Policies

ExperimenTrak Participant Tutorial

ExperimenTrak is the Psychology Department’s research participation
management system. This system allows to you do the following tasks online:
browse a list of currently available experiments (some of which are laboratory-
based studies, and some of which are online studies), schedule appointments to
participate in laboratory-based studies, cancel appointments to participate in
laboratory-based studies, check your list of scheduled appointments for
laboratory-based studies, participate in online studies, assign research credits to
particular courses in which you are enrolled, and check the number of credits you
have earned.

Before using ExperimenTrak, you must read and agree to the policies
described in the Participants’ Rights and Responsibilities document. You
are responsible for all the information described in the Participants’ Rights and
Responsibilities document, including the Psychology Department’s policies
regarding the receipt of positive credits for participation in experiments and the
receipt of penalty (negative) credits for failing to attend experiments without
canceling your participation appropriately (i.e., no-showing). In order to download
the Participants’ Rights and Responsibilities document, please click on the
following link:

http://www.nku.edu/~breitenbeche/participantrr.pdf

We recommend that you print a copy of the Participants’ Rights and
Responsibilities document for your records. After reviewing the participants’ rights
and responsibilities, please follow the instructions listed below.

Attention Minor Participants:
If you are less than 18 years old, you must obtain documentation of
the consent of your parent or legal guardian for you to participate in
studies listed on ExperimenTrak. Because such consent is difficult to
document in the case of online studies, you will not be permitted to
participate in online studies. (These online studies will not appear on the
Experiment List when you login to ExperimenTrak.) In the case of
laboratory-based studies, you must contact the researcher prior to your
scheduled appointment to obtain a hard copy of the consent form. Ask your
parent or guardian to review the document and indicate his or her consent
for you to participate by signing the form. Bring this signed consent form
with you to your scheduled appointment. If you are less than 18 years
old, and you do not bring such documentation of your parent or legal guardian’s consent to the scheduled appointment, you will not be
permitted to participate in the study.

THE FIRST TIME YOU USE EXPERIMENTRAK:

Go to the following URL:

http://nku.experimentrak.net

Registration
The first time that you use ExperimenTrak, you will need to register. (All
subsequent times that you use ExperimenTrak, you will only need to login.)
To register, go to the home page for ExperimenTrak (listed above).

Using the drop-down menu beneath PARTICIPANTS, choose REGISTER. You
will be taken to a new page. Make sure that the title of this page is
“Participant Registration.” (One of the most common mistakes made by
students is to inadvertently register as researchers because they have
mistakenly chosen REGISTER beneath the RESEARCHER drop-down menu.)

Enter the requested information into the appropriate fields. Please note that
you can use any email address; you do not need to use your NKU email
address. Also, please note that your password must be 6 or more
alphanumeric characters. In addition, you must check the YES box,
indicating that you have read and understand the Participants’ Rights and
Responsibilities document. When you have finished entering your
information, click SUBMIT REGISTRATION.

After you have clicked the SUBMIT REGISTRATION button, ExperimenTrak
will send you an email verification message to the email address that you
provided. Typically, this process happens almost instantaneously, but can
occasionally take longer (depending on how many people are using the
system at a given point in time). At this point in the process, if you wish,
you can quit your browser and return to complete your registration later.
Please note that you must receive your verification email before you can
complete registration.

Verification
Your verification email will describe two methods for completing your
registration.

Method #1 involves clicking on a link contained in the email and entering the
password that you provided earlier during registration. (Please note that
Method #1 may not work with AOL or Hotmail.) After entering your
password, click VERIFY & LOGIN.
Method #2 involves clicking on a different link (also provided in the email)
and entering your email address (the same one that you provided earlier
during registration), your password (again, the same one that you provided
earlier during registration), and your VERIFICATION CODE (a sequence of
numbers listed in your verification email). You may copy the VERIFICATION
CODE from your email and paste it directly into the relevant field on the
account verification page. After entering the appropriate information, click
VERIFY & LOGIN.

You may use whichever method you prefer. In either case, after you click
VERIFY & LOGIN, you will be taken to the PARTICIPANT LOGIN page. Enter
your email address and password and click LOGIN.

You will be taken to a screen that prompts you to respond to a brief series of
demographic questions. (If the response options listed for one or more of
the demographic questions do not include an appropriate category for you,
please contact the local ExperimenTrak administrator, Dr. Kim
Breitenbecher.) After answering the questions, click CONTINUE.

You will be taken to a page that displays a list of courses. These courses are
taught by instructors who have agreed to allow their students to earn
research credits through participation in studies listed on ExperimenTrak.
Please check the courses in which you are currently enrolled. Please
note that you can check more than one course. Also, please note that not
all psychology instructors allow their students to earn credit through
research participation. Check with your instructor to see if he or she allows
you to earn credit in this manner. If you do not see your desired course
listed on this page, please contact your instructor. He or she will need to
notify the ExperimenTrak administrator (Dr. Kim Breitenbecher), so that she
can add the appropriate course to the system. After checking the
appropriate course(s), click SUBMIT.

After completing this page, you will be taken to the ANNOUNCEMENTS
(main) page. This page includes the following links: EXPERIMENTS,
APPOINTMENTS, ACCOUNT, HELP, and LOGOUT. At this point, you have
completed your registration with ExperimenTrak. Your participant account is
now active.

Please be sure to LOGOUT when you have finished using ExperimenTrak.

ALL SUBSEQUENT TIMES THAT YOU USE EXPERIMENTRAK:

Go to the following URL:

http://nku.experimentrak.net
Participant Login
Enter the information required. You will be taken to the ANNOUNCEMENTS
(main) page. On this page, you will see the following links: EXPERIMENTS,
APPOINTMENTS, ACCOUNT, HELP, and LOGOUT.

Always LOGOUT when finished! The system includes an automatic logout for
inactivity, but this process is not fail-safe. Be sure you log out, especially
when using a public terminal, to prevent others from accessing your records.

Experiments
Click the EXPERIMENTS link. This page includes a list of experiments.
Please note that some of these experiments are laboratory-based studies.
In the case of a laboratory-based experiment, you will be expected to show
up for the study at a particular time and place to participate. Other
experiments are online studies. In the case of an online study, you will be
expected to respond to a series of questions online. An icon resembling the
front of a building indicates that the study is a laboratory-based study. An
icon resembling a lightning bolt indicates that the study is an online study.

If you are interested in participating in a study, click on that study to
select it.

Laboratory-Based Studies:
You will be taken to a page that provides additional detail about that
experiment, including a description of the study and any special eligibility
requirements. You will also see available sign up times. Choose a time
and click SIGN UP.

You will be taken to a new page. Please note that this page prompts you to
choose a course to which ExperimenTrak will assign your credit for the
study. The choice of courses available to you should include the psychology
courses you selected during registration with ExperimenTrak. Choose one of
these courses. (Remember, not all psychology instructors allow their
students to earn credit through research participation. Check with your
instructor to see if he or she allows you to earn credit in this manner.) If
you do not see your desired course listed in the drop-down menu, please
contact your instructor.

After you have made your course selection, check the AGREE box and click
CONFIRM. Please note that you will have the option to print your schedule.
You may logout at this point, if you wish. The next time you login and click
the EXPERIMENTS tab, you will see that the experiment for which you signed
up is now marked by a SCHEDULED icon (a blue box with a blue S inside it).
After you complete the experiment, the experiment will be marked with a
COMPLETED icon (a green box with a green check mark inside it).
Online Studies:
In the case of online studies, you will be taken to a page that provides
additional detail about that experiment, including a description of the study
and any special eligibility requirements. This screen includes the button
TAKE THIS ONLINE EXPERIMENT. If you wish to take the experiment,
click the button.

You will be taken to a new screen (the sign up page). You will be prompted
to assign your credit to a particular course. (The drop down menu should
include the courses that you selected during your registration with
ExperimenTrak. If you do not see your desired course listed, please contact
your instructor.)

Check the AGREE box and click CONFIRM. Please note that, by clicking the
CONFIRM button, you are indicating your consent to participate in the study.

You will be taken to a new page with additional instructions. When you are
ready to begin, click CONTINUE. You will then be guided through the online
study. If you wish to discontinue at any point, click EXIT. You may or may
not receive credit for incomplete surveys. (This decision rests with the
researcher. When a researcher sets up an online survey on ExperimenTrak,
he or she must indicate whether to award credit for incomplete surveys.)

If you were unable to complete a survey in one sitting (perhaps because you
ran out of time or experienced a computer-related difficulty), and you wish
to resume the survey at some later point in time, login to ExperimenTrak.
Locate the APPOINTMENTS drop-down menu and choose COMPLETED.
Select the appropriate experiment and click the MAGNIFYING GLASS icon. If
the researcher allows participants to finish incomplete surveys, you will be
taken to a new screen with a button labeled FINISH SURVEY. Click this
button.

After completing the survey items, you will be taken to a debriefing screen
that lists your SESSION ID NUMBER and the contact information for the
experimenter. We recommend that you print this page as a receipt of
your participation. That being said, however, ExperimenTrak will
automatically award credit to you for participation.

At this point, you can logout if you wish. When you login next time, you will
see that the online study in which you participated is marked with a
COMPLETED icon (a green box with a checkmark inside it).

Appointments
If you click APPOINTMENTS, you will see a drop-down menu that includes
SCHEDULED, COMPLETED, and CREDIT ALLOCATION.
Choose SCHEDULED to view a list of experiments that you have scheduled.
Please note that you have the option to print your list of scheduled
experiments. If you need to cancel your scheduled participation, click
the TRASH icon. You will be taken to a screen that allows you to cancel
your appointment for that experiment. (Other methods of canceling your
appointment include emailing or calling the researcher.) You may cancel
your appointment at any time, up until the moment the experiment is
scheduled to begin.

Please note: If you fail to attend an experiment without canceling
your appointment, you will be penalized the number of research
credits the experiment is worth. For example, if the study is worth 2
credits, and you “no show” without canceling your appointment, you will
receive -2 penalty points. These penalty points will be reported to your
instructor. Your instructor may or may not incorporate these penalty points
into your final grade. Please ask your instructor to describe his or her policy
regarding this issue.

Choose COMPLETED to see a list of experiments that have been completed
and credited. After you complete an experiment, please allow 48
hours for your credit to be posted to the system. This page also lists
the courses to which you have assigned your credits for each experiment.
You can make changes to your credit assignments from this page. If you
wish to make a change to the course to which you have assigned
your credit, click the MAGNIFYING GLASS icon.

Choose CREDIT ALLOCATION to see a breakdown of the courses to which
you have assigned your credits. In order to make changes to your credit
allocation, you must select the appropriate study from the COMPLETED
menu and click the MAGNIFYING GLASS (as described above).

Account
If you click ACCOUNT, you will see a drop-down menu that includes the
following: MY PROFILE, MY COURSES, MY DEMOGRAPHIC, MY MESSAGES,
and CALENDAR.

Choose MY PROFILE to check to that your profile data (name, email address,
etc.) is correct. You can make a change to your phone number from this
screen. In order to make any other changes to your profile data, you must
contact the local ExperimenTrak administrator, Dr. Kim Breitenbecher.

Choose MY COURSES to make changes to the menu of courses to which you
can assign your ExperimenTrak credits. Remember, if you do not see your
desired course on this page, please contact your instructor.
Choose MY DEMOGRAPHIC to check the accuracy of your demographic
information. If you need to make change, please contact the local
ExperimenTrak administrator, Dr. Kim Breitenbecher.

Choose MY MESSAGES to view any important announcements.

Please note that the CALENDAR feature has not been implemented on our
version of ExperimenTrak.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your instructor or the
local ExperimenTrak administrator, Dr. Kim Breitenbecher. Dr.
Breitenbecher’s contact information is listed below.

Dr. Kim Breitenbecher
Office: BEP 357
Phone: 859-572-5519
Email: breitenbeche@nku.edu