Test subjects are often students from the BMS faculty. They can be recruited via the Test Subject Pool system SONA. To include your study in this system, you need to fill in an application form. You can find this form, along with more information on the system, at https://utwente.sona-systems.com. Students can use the same system to register for research and receive so-called test-subject credits in return for their participation. As a researcher, you may also choose to pay test subjects for their participation. The payment guideline is € 6.00 per hour.
TEST SUBJECT POOL SYSTEM SONA
The BMS faculty’s Sona test-subject system has two important functions: it makes it possible for bachelor students to gain experience as a test subject; and it enables researchers to carry out research. The BMS faculty considers it important for Psychology and Communication Studies bachelor students to gain experience of empirical research in the role of a test subject. In this way, they are introduced to various types of research and can better prepare themselves for their own research activities in relation to their field of study. Through this system, students contribute to the research carried out by bachelor and master students, and academic staff. The bachelor programme includes a test-subject requirement of 15 hours in total, 10 of which to be contributed during the first year of the bachelor programme (B1) and the remaining five hours during the second year (B2), and by the third year (B3) at the latest.
Students can fulfill their test-subject obligations by participating in the research projects put forward by academic staff and students via the Sona test-subject system (Sona Systems). The Sona test-subject system is coordinated by the secretary’s office (Jasmine Verenjans - van der Weerd, Cubicus room B322, tel. 053-489 3611). In conjunction with the secretary’s office, the test-subject pool offers academic staff and students an efficient method of recruiting test subjects for their research.
HOW DO I RECRUIT TEST SUBJECTS VIA THE TEST SUBJECT POOL?
Various rules apply to the recruitment of test subjects for your research. These rules are listed below.
The secretary’s office of the test-subject pool does not provide information concerning experiments that have taken place or are yet to take place, or information concerning the test subjects. The secretary’s office of the test-subject pool is only open to questions on procedural issues regarding the recruitment and treatment of test subjects.
Failure to comply with these rules will result in the supervisor’s suspension from taking part in the test-subject pool for a period to be decided.
Please include the assigned research number in all correspondence (also as the subject in e-mails).
TEST SUBJECT POOL PROCEDURE
See point 1 and the page on the BMS Ethics Committee.