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Pros/Cons of Giving Student Credit for Being Study Participants

College students make up a high percentage of study participants. The students are often given credit for participating in these studies. What are the pros and cons of giving them credit? When might it be a problem to use college students for psychological studies?

Justify your answers with appropriate reasoning and research.

Justified ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from texts, Web sites, other references, or personal experience and cited the sources in the correct APA format.

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As you indicate the pros and cons of giving them credit, the studies I personally participated in while in college gave me an extra, intrinsic sense of reward or extra motivation for that particular class or professor. It also made me feel a bit more entrenched with the content when I participated in a study related to the course content. In one instance, it even gave me an idea for my later research topic.

As you address when might it be a problem to use college students for psychological studies, you might look at issues of perceived coercion as a factor. One study also reports ...

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Pro and cons of giving student credit for participating for psychological studies are listed.

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