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 Nicholas.Bowman@mail.wvu.edu.
- Assessing Effects of Related Humor on Recall
- Attentional Demand of Playing Video Games Online
- Perceptions of Games
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 Amazon.com.
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: https://wvucomm.sona-systems.com/student_new_user.aspx
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.
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:
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
Joe A. Wasserman, M.A.