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Research Credit Opportunities

Many COMM courses offer research credit (extra credit) to enrolled students for completing studies conducted by COMM faculty and graduate students. Studies listed on this page have been approved for participation by the Department, and are actively accepting student participants - some offering credit, and other offering incentives such as payments and raffle drawings. The complete details of each study are listed below. If you have questions about whether or not you as a student are eligible for extra credit for participating in these studies, if a study is eligible for extra credit, or how much credit you are eligible for, please consult your class syllabus or speak with your course instructor.

If you have any questions about the individual studies, please contact either the researchers listed. If you have questions or comments about this web page, please contact COMM Research Coordinator Nick Bowman at

Last Updated: 23 June 2017

UPDATED: Attentional Demand of Playing Video Games Online

You are invited to participate in a research study about video games and attentional demand. If you decide to participate in this study, we’ll ask you to do the following:

(1) play a popular video game for about 15 minutes, while being recorded

(2) complete a survey about your experiences in the video game (15 minutes).

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (Protocol # 1705576054). You must be over the age of 18 to participate in this study, and enrolled as a student at West Virginia University. The study will be conducted on campus in 210D Armstrong Hall.  For your participation, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card to

If you wish to participate in this study, please visit this link to learn the complete details of the study and to reserve your spot today!

NOTE: You might have to create a SONA account, by clicking the “Request Account” button on-screen, also at:

If you have any questions, please email the researcher, Dr. Nick Bowman, Department of Communication Studies, at . He can also be found in 210L Armstrong Hall, or by phone at 304-293-3905. 


Evan Watts

Andrew Nicholson

Assessing effects of related humor on recall

Dr. Alan Goodboy, from the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University, is seeking college students to participate in a research study about a recent WVU speaking event on campus.   

Participation in this study is voluntary.  If you decide to participate, you will be asked to click on the link below which directs you to an online questionnaire, which should take no more than 10-15 minutes.  You do not have to answer all of the questions and may quit the study at any time. All information will remain completely anonymous. Your performance in this study or your refusal to participate or withdrawal from this study will in no way affect your class standing or job status, or any other activity associated with West Virginia University. There are no known risks associated with participation in this study.  West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledgement of this study on file (Protocol 1705598927). At the end of the survey, you will be provided with a research receipt in case you are earning extra credit for participation in a communication studies course.

Below is the link to the cover letter and survey:

Thank you for your time!

If you would like more information on the study, please contact:

Alan Goodboy
Department of Communication Studies

Perceptions of Games

We are conducting a study designed to examine perceptions of games. Your responses will be completely anonymous. West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledged this study on file (Protocol # 1706627880).

If you are at least 18 years of age and enrolled as a student at West Virginia University, I’d appreciate you completing the survey (takes approximately 15 minutes).

This survey can be taken online at:

As a student enrolled in a COMM course, you may be eligible to receive research credit (extra credit) for participation in this study. To find out if you are eligible, please contact your instructor and/or your course syllabus. Your course syllabus should also include details regarding how many research credits you may be eligible for (as well as how many research opportunities you can attempt for that class). Students not wishing to volunteer for this study are able to receive research credit by completing an alternative assignment. For students in eligible classes, your instructor will provide more information on the alternative assignment.  

If you have questions regarding this research, contact the co-investigator at the e-mail address listed below.  


Dr. Christine Rittenour
Associate Professor
Principal Investigator  

Joe A. Wasserman, M.A.
Ph.D. Student