Research Studies

To sign up for research studies, visit the Sona Systems website.

Please note this site uses a different login than your usual Pitt Passport account. Your username and password will be e-mailed to you after the add/drop deadline.

To participate in research studies, you must be at least 18 years old. If you are not 18 years old, you will have to complete the requirement by writing papers.

COVID-19 Update: The available research studies include both studies that are in-person and studies that are online. If you attend studies in-person, you must wear a face covering and comply with physical distancing requirements—just as the researchers will be doing for your safety. If you do not feel safe participating in research in-person, you can sign up for the many online research studies.

Other tips:

  • The requirements for each research study are listed on the Sona Systems site. Please make certain that you meet the requirements of each study before signing up—otherwise they can turn you away!
  • Don't be a no-show! If you cannot make a scheduled appointment, you must cancel at least 24 hours in advance. Some studies require extensive preparation by the researchers. If you do not show up for two scheduled appointments without canceling, you will no longer be allowed to sign up for research studies and will have to earn the remaining points using the paper option.
  • Don’t do during them during the class time! If you cannot find another time that works for you, please contact the experimenter to see if you can find a mutually agreeable time that would not require you to miss class.

Some research studies will not become available until later in the semester. Please be patient and check the web site often for research opportunities. If you are worried about finding enough studies in time, you may consider writing a paper instead.