Alternative Assignments


Important Dates/Deadlines


First day of classes - January 10th 

First day to participate in experiments.

January 10th

Pre-screening survey opens- be sure to register and login to SONA within the first two weeks of the semester to get credit for completing the prescreen survey!

2 weeks after pre-screen opens - January 24th

Prescreening survey closes

April 22nd 

Last day to submit Alternative Assignments to your TA for credit.

April 22nd

Last day to participate in experiments.

May 2nd 

Deadline for settling all research credit issues & discrepancies.


In the event that there are not enough posted research studies available for participation, or if you do not wish to participate in research studies, you may complete the following alternative assignment for credit:

  1. Conduct an article summary (each summary is worth 1 credit hour of research participation) by reading an article by one of our department faculty members (full list of approved articles here, or at the bottom of this page) and answering questions regarding the article

* Remember - you must be registered with the SONA system in order to receive credit for the alternative assignments.

**The deadline for submitting article summaries is Friday of the 2nd-to-last week of classes (two weeks before finals week). This gives the TA time to grade them. The deadline dates are listed at the top of this page.

Do NOT plagiarize when you are completing these summaries or you will be subject to the same disciplinary measures as for other forms of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism and cheating are serious breaches of academic conduct. Each student is advised to become familiar with the various forms of academic dishonesty as explained in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Additional information on the topic of plagiarism is available through the Office of Academic Ombud Services website (  A plea of ignorance is not acceptable as a defense against the charge of academic dishonesty. It is important that you review this information as all ideas borrowed from others need to be properly credited.


Research Article Summary


Students who wish to conduct article summaries as their alternative assignment should choose an article from the list of eligible articles. You will read the article and then write a summary of the article addressing the questions below. Plan to spend 25-50 minutes reading and answering questions about the article you’ve chosen. Summaries should be at least one page in length, but no longer than two pages, double-spaced, 1” margins, 12pt font.



  1. Choose an article from the list of approved articles for your article summary (click the link, or scroll to the bottom of this page). 
  2. Spend 25-50 minutes reading and answering questions about the article.
  3. Write a 1-2 page summary of the article, and be sure to address at least 4 of the following questions:
    1.  What was the purpose of the research?
    2. What was the hypothesis?
    3. What were the independent and dependent variables?
    4. Who were the participants?
    5. How was the hypothesis tested?
    6. What were the experimental results?
    7. Describe the impact of the results on society.
    8. What do you think of the research?
    9. How can you relate this research to your life?

            *Relate the research to anything you have learned in lecture or lab.

  1. Submit your summary through the Canvas assignment portal for your TA to grade.
    **Be sure to have your NAME, INSTRUCTOR’S NAME, SECTION NUMBER, PHONE NUMBER, and STUDENT ID NUMBER on the summary in order to receive credit.


The TA will read your summary and give you ONE (1) credit hour if it meets the criteria above (i.e., 1-2 typed and double-spaced pages, answering the questions as appropriate). The TA will relay this information to the Subject Pool Administrator to be recorded. Please allow one week for grading.


Alternative Assignment Research Articles (Updated Spring 2018)


The following is a list of articles you must choose from in order to earn research credit through writing article summaries.

You can find the following articles on-line by accessing UK ’s home page from anywhere on campus.

  • Click the “Libraries” tab at the top of the page.
  • From the “Libraries” page, click “E-Journals” tab from the search menu.
  • Now simply enter the name of the journal that contains the article you need and select the appropriate volume.
  • The volume number of a publication can be found immediately after the journal’s name in this list.

Please follow the instructions above for writing the article summary. 

Please contact the subject pool administrator at or your course TA if you have any problems.


Adams, Z. W., Milich, R., Lynam, D. R., & Charnigo, R. J. (2013). Interactive effects of drinking history and impulsivity on college drinking. Addictive Behaviors, 38(12), 2860-2867. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.08.009

Ashburn-Nardo, L., Monteith, M. J., Arthur, S. A., & Bain, A. (2007). Race and the psychological health of African Americans. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 10(4), 471-491. doi:10.1177/1368430207081536

Bailey, U. L., Lorch, E. P., Milich, R., & Charnigo, R. (2009). Developmental changes in attention and comprehension among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Child Development, 80(6), 1842-1855. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01371.x

Bolin, B., & Akins, C. K. (2012). Chronic pre-exposure to methamphetamine following 31 days of withdrawal impairs sexual performance but not sexual conditioning in male Japanese quail. Behavioural Processes, 91(2), 177-183. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2012.07.004

Brown, R. W., Bardo, M. T., Mace, D. D., Phillips, S. B., & Kraemer, P. J. (2000). D-amphetamine facilitation of Morris water task performance is blocked by eticlopride and correlated with increased dopamine synthesis in the prefrontal cortex. Behavioural Brain Research, 114(1-2), 135-143. doi:10.1016/S0166-4328(00)00225-4

Brown, T. L., Flory, K., Lynam, D. R., Leukefeld, C., & Clayton, R. R. (2004). Comparing the developmental trajectories of marijuana use of African American and Caucasian adolescents: patterns, antecedents, and consequences. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 12(1), 47-56. doi:10.1037/1064-1297.12.1.47

Burris, J. L., Sauer, S. E., & Carlson, C. R. (2011). A test of religious commitment and spiritual transcendence as independent predictors of underage alcohol use and alcohol-related problems. Psychology Of Religion And Spirituality, 3(3), 231-240. doi:10.1037/a0022204

Butler, T. R., Smith, K. J., Berry, J. N., Sharrett-Field, L. J., & Prendergast, M. A. (2009). Sex differences in caffeine neurotoxicity following chronic ethanol exposure and withdrawal. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 44(6), 567 -574. doi:10.1093/alcalc/agp050

Carswell, C. M., Lio, C. H., Grant, R., Klein, M. I., Clarke, D., Seales, W. B., & Strup, S. (2010). Hands-free administration of subjective workload scales: Acceptability in a surgical training environment. Applied Ergonomics, 42(1), 138-145. doi:16/j.apergo.2010.06.003

Combs, D. J. Y., Powell, C. A. J., Schurtz, David Ryan, & Smith, R. H. (2009). Politics, schadenfreude, and ingroup identification: The sometimes happy thing about a poor economy and death. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(4), 635-646. doi:16/j.jesp.2009.02.009

Cyders, M. A., Zapolski, T. C. B., Combs, J. L., Settles, R. F., Fillmore, M. T., & Smith, G. T. (2010). Experimental effect of positive urgency on negative outcomes from risk taking and on increased alcohol consumption. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24(3), 367-375. doi:10.1037/a0019494

DeWall, C. N., MacDonald, G., Webster, G. D., Masten, C. L., Baumeister, R. F., Powell, C., Combs, D., et al. (2010). Acetaminophen reduces social pain. Psychological Science, 21(7), 931 -937. doi:10.1177/0956797610374741

Evans, D. R., Eisenlohr‐Moul, T. A., Button, D. F., Baer, R. A., & Segerstrom, S. C. (2014). Self‐regulatory deficits associated with unpracticed mindfulness strategies for coping with acute pain. Journal Of Applied Social Psychology, 44(1), 23-30. doi:10.1111/jasp.12196

Fillmore, M. T., Blackburn, J. S., & Harrison, E. L. R. (2008). Acute disinhibiting effects of alcohol as a factor in risky driving behavior. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 95(1-2), 97-106. doi:16/j.drugalcdep.2007.12.018

Friedrich, A. M., & Zentall, T. R. (2004). Pigeons shift their preference toward locations of food that take more effort to obtain. Behavioural Processes, 67, 405-415.

Gervais, W. M. (2014). Good for God? Religious motivation reduces perceived responsibility for and morality of good deeds. Journal Of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(4), 1616-1626. doi:10.1037/a0036678

Gomes, G. M., Mello, C. F., da Rosa, M. M., Bochi, G. V., Ferreira, J., Barron, S., & Rubin, M. A. (2010). Polyaminergic agents modulate contextual fear extinction in rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 93(4), 589-595. doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2010.02.007

Jewell, J. A., & Brown, C. (2013). Sexting, catcalls, and butt slaps: How gender stereotypes and perceived group norms predict sexualized behavior. Sex Roles, doi:10.1007/s11199-013-0320-1

Kangas, A., Zieber, N., Hayden, A., & Bhatt, R. S. (2013). Parts function as perceptual organizational entities in infancy. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20(4), 726-731. doi:10.3758/s13423-013-0385-4

Keller, P. S., Mark Cummings, E., Peterson, K. M., & Davies, P. T. (2009). Marital conflict in the context of parental depressive symptoms: implications for the development of childrenʼs adjustment problems. Social Development, 18(3), 536-555. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9507.2008.00509.x

Levinson, C. A., Giancola, P. R., & Parrott, D. J. (2011). Beliefs about aggression moderate alcoholʼs effects on aggression. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 19(1), 64-74. doi:10.1037/a0022113

Lykins, E. B., Baer, R. A., & Gottlob, L. R. (2012). Performance-based tests of attention and memory in long-term mindfulness meditators and demographically matched nonmeditators. Cognitive Therapy And Research, 36(1), 103-114. doi:10.1007/s10608-010-9318-y

Martel, M. M., Gremillion, M. L., & Tackett, J. L. (2014). Personality traits elucidate sex differences in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder comorbidity during early childhood. Journal Of Psychopathology And Behavioral Assessment, 36(2), 237-245. doi:10.1007/s10862-013-9382-1

Marusich, J. A., Beckmann, J. S., Gipson, C. D., & Bardo, M. T. (2010). Methylphenidate as a reinforcer for rats: Contingent delivery and intake escalation. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 18(3), 257-266. doi:10.1037/a0019814

Mason, L. H., Shandera-Ochsner, A. L., Williamson, K. D., Harp, J. P., Edmundson, M., Berry, D. R., & High, W. r. (2013). Accuracy of MMPI–2–RF validity scales for identifying feigned PTSD symptoms, random responding, and genuine PTSD. Journal Of Personality Assessment, 95(6), 585-593. doi:10.1080/00223891.2013.819512

McCaw, B., Golding, J. M., Farley, M., & Minkoff, J. R. (2007). Domestic violence and abuse, health status, and social functioning. Women & Health, 45(2), 1-23. doi:10.1300/J013v45n02_01

Pattison, K. F., & Zentall, T. R. (2014). Suboptimal choice by dogs: When less is better than more. Animal Cognition, doi:10.1007/s10071-014-0735-2

Peters, J. R., Upton, B. T., & Baer, R. A. (2013). Relationships between facets of impulsivity and borderline personality features. Journal Of Personality Disorders, 27(4), 547-552. doi:10.1521/pedi_2012_26_044

Smith, R. H., Eyre, H. L., Powell, C. A. J., & Kim, S. H. (2006). Relativistic origins of emotional reactions to events happening to others and to ourselves. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45(2), 357-371. doi:10.1348/014466605X40987

Stagner, J. P., & Zentall, T. R. (2010). Suboptimal choice behavior by pigeons. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17(3), 412-416. doi:10.3758/PBR.17.3.412.

Stairs, D. J., Prendergast, M. A., & Bardo, M. T. (2011). Environmental-induced differences in corticosterone and glucocorticoid receptor blockade of amphetamine self-administration in rats. Psychopharmacology, 218(1), 293-301. doi:10.1007/s00213-011-2448-4

Wade, J. B., Dougherty, L. M., Archer, C., & Price, D. D. (1996). Assessing the stages of pain processing: A multivariate analytical approach. Pain, 68(1), 157-167. doi:10.1016/S0304-3959(96)03162-4

Weafer, J., Milich, R., & Fillmore, M. T. (2011). Behavioral components of impulsivity predict alcohol consumption in adults with ADHD and healthy controls. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 113(2-3), 139-146. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.07.027

Widiger, T. A., & Costa, P. T. (2012). Integrating normal and abnormal personality structure: The Five-Factor Model. Journal Of Personality, 80(6), 1471-1506. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2012.00776.x

Zieber, N., Bhatt, Ramesh S., Hayden, A., Kangas, A., Collins, Bada, H. (2010). Body representation in the first year of life. Infancy, 15(5), 534-544. doi:10.1111/j.1532-7078.2009.00026.x