Human Subject Pool

Contribute to knowledge in psychology and discover how our research is conducted while earning extra credits by participating in the Human Subject Pool (HSP).

Overview Video

Frequently Asked Questions

No, HSP course credits are not transferable. HSP course credits are recorded at the end of the course term and then cleared from the HSP system and cannot be reused.

No, HSP course credits cannot be split when the credits come from one instance of participation. For example, in a study that awarded three credits, all three of those credits can only go to one class.

You can view your recorded course credits for the current calendar year using the HSP Credits Lookup Form. Course credits for the current course term in session are recorded and posted at the end of each term.

Under the My Profile tab you can make changes to your courses by selecting [Change Courses]. Use the CTRL/Mac key to select more than one course from the list. Unless required, do not remove any courses with assigned credits.

There is currently NO online credit limit. Instead, standard lab studies will receive a 0.5 bonus credit (e.g., a 1-hour lab study will award 1.5 credits, while a comparable online study will award 1 credit). This should already be reflected in the compensation listed on the study posting.

Check your junk mail filtering setup and add hspadmin[at] and ubc-psych-admin[at] to your email address safelist. Use the lost password option at to send your password info again.

Course credits can be reassigned from the "My Schedule/Credits" tab and by selecting [Reassign] and then selecting a course for credit. See “Reallocating Credits” video for further details.

No studies are displayed since there are no open time slots. Login to your user account periodically to check for new time slot openings.

Typically the last day of classes, after 4pm, the HSP system closes for the term. Check term schedules and dates for further reference.

New studies are added to the HSP system all the time. We recommend checking the system periodically for new studies you may qualify for. However, you can also earn HSP credits by completing the Library Assignment option. Information about the Library Assignment can be found under "HSP Participant Information."

While you aren't able to participate in research through the HSP system, many of our other studies are looking for research participants. Participation opportunities are posted at

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