Sona Software Workshop. University of Sussex Department of Psychology. Why Sona?. Demonstrated increase in attendance/decrease in “no shows” Online sign-ups: no more scheduling emails! Instant online booking Assign credits online Pre-screen participants
University of Sussex
Department of Psychology
Sussexpsychology.sona-systems.com (no www)
This is what you will see:
Log in with your ID and password.
Add a New Study
We are going to start with a standard study
Tell them what you would say in an email
Don’t forget logistics!
Studies are sent to the administrator for approval
Choose the contact person and lab
Mutually exclusive studies? Avoid recruiting previous participants
Add a web link
Set info for last sign-up/cancellation& email notification
You can even add notes to yourself
On the preview page you can prescreen participants.
From the preview page you will also send a request to the administrator to make your study active.
Prescreening allows you to only show your experiment to the participants you want (e.g., males).
Prescreening is maintained by the administrator.
Contact the admini-strator to add items to the prescreening process.
On the first page, select the items on which you would like to prescreen.
On the next page, select the responses you would like to prescreen. You are selecting the response you WANT the participant to have had.
You will have this information available under the information about your study.
Click on “view/administer time slots.”
You should now see this page:
If you choose to add a timeslot, this page opens:
Choosedate & time
You’ve already told the system the study duration.
Multiple subjects can be run at once!
Don’t forget to tell people where to go!
The procedure is similar if you add multiple timeslots!
Choose number of slots
Choose start date and time
Specify time btwn sessions
Add number of participants and location
This is what you should see when your timeslot is added:
You can also monitor your time slot usage:
The system also allows you to email participants:
The system also allows you to preview your study to see what the participant sees.
Participants’ start pages have less information.
But “study sign-up” is easy to find!
Study sign-ups lists the active studies in random order (this screen shot only included 1).
Participants can also see if times are available, number of credits, eligibility and your “tag line.”
Once participants click on a study….
… they can choose to view available time slots at the bottom.
Timeslots are listed like this:
The participant just clicks on a time to sign up!
The participant can still see other times after signing up, in case he/she wants to change to another time.
Sona automatically sends an email to them confirming the sign-up.
The reply-to email is the researchers!
Depending on your settings (when you set-up your study) the system will email you too!
Sona also send the participant a confirmation email the night before (~17:00).
From the main page, participants can also track their credits and calendar.
You can also click on timeslots and see who is coming.
When you go to “my studies” you can view your uncredited timeslots.
To simply grant the standard amount of credit you specified, choose “grant credit.”
To grant a variable amount of credit, click on the timeslot. 1 credit = 15min.
Sona won’t let them participate again!