Current Studies

The following research studies are actively recruiting participants. Please contact the researcher associated with any of the studies that interest you.

If you are an undergraduate looking to participate in Human Subject Research for classroom credit, please go to the Undergraduate SONA research page.

Study Number: survey
Phone Number: (413) 545-5987

Description:

Do you have a child 11-19 yrs of age? Tell us about their sleep in a quick (<15 minutes) online survey conducted by the UMass Sleep Lab. Click here for more information: http://tinyurl.com/SleepyTeensSurvey

Compensation:
none
Study Number: 2018-5276
Phone Number: (909) 547-5221
Type of Subject: Middle-aged Adult, Type of Subject: Older Adult
Additional Subject Information: Because of the nature of the experiment, we also ask that you not drink excessively or use any psychoactive drugs (including marijuana) during the 24 hours before your appointments.
Time: The study consists of 2 sessions. The first one takes 90 minutes; the second one takes 2 hrs.

Description:

In this study, we will test your ability to process speech by recording your brain waves (EEG) while you complete several tasks. For this part of the study, you sit comfortably in a chair listening to and/or watching a speaker talk, while you wear a cap on your head that will record your brain activity through electrodes wet with gel. Be prepared to leave the experiment with a bit of gel in your hair. You will also complete tasks testing your ability to perceive speech, without having your brain waves measured. You will respond by pressing a key on a computer or verbally. We will also collect demographic information from you and test your vision and hearing.

Compensation:
$10/hour
Study Number: 2016-3551
Phone Number: (413) 545-1984
Type of Subject: Older Adult

Description:

You are invited to participate in a research study about emotional response and older age. The purpose of this study is to determine how the emotional responses of older adults, aged 65 and older, relate to thinking abilities. Participants watch videos, complete questionnaires, and engage in brief cognitive testing. Participants must be accompanied by a companion, who will complete two brief questionnaires. Appointments are at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and last up to 2 hours.

Compensation:
Participants will be compensated for their time.
Study Number: 2016-3147
Phone Number: (413) 354-0053
Type of Subject: Adult

Description:

Volunteers Wanted For A Research Study

  • Are you a woman between 18 and 35 years of age?
  • Do you engage in self-destructive behaviors when you are feeling upset or in emotional pain?

If so, you may qualify for a study focused on how emotions affect pain perception. Participants will complete some interviews, questionnaires, and a task assessing pain endurance.

Financial compensation will be provided.

Study Number: 2014-2297
Contact: Youngbin Kwak
Type of Subject: Adolescent, Type of Subject: Adult

Description:

The Neuro-Learning and Performance Lab is seeking children and adolescents (age 10-17 years) and adults (23-29 years) to participate in a study researching brain development and decision-making processes. Participants will use games to choose between different options of winning money or allocating money to different people. Brain waves will be recorded using an EEG cap. Eye blinks will also be recorded by placing four small electrodes on the face. The EEG cap and electrodes are noninvasive and completely safe.

Subjects should be right-handed with no neurological or psychiatric disorders and who are not on daily medication for these disorders.

All participants will receive $15 plus a bonus of $1-5 based on performance during the computerized task.

Child and adolescents only will receive a $10 travel reimbursement and if a participant refers a friend who also participates in this study, they will receive a $5 Amazon gift card for the referral.

The study location is at UMass Amherst. The UMass Center at Springfield is also available for children and adolescents.

For more information, please contact Youngbin Kwak in the Neuro-Learning and Performance Lab at (413-461-0129) or kwaknlpgroup@gmail.com

Study Number: 2014-2355
Room Number: Tobin 305
Type of Subject: Adult
Time: 2 hours

Description:

The Cognitive & Developmental Neuroscience Lab at UMass Amherst is recruiting volunteers for an EEG (electroencephalogram) study investigating the neural basis of visual cognition.

* Eligibility: Right-handed, 18-35 year-olds with no history of attention disabilities or neurological disorder

Compensation:
$20
Study Number: 2017-4122
Room Number: Tobin 206
Type of Subject: Adult
Additional Subject Information: Native speaker of English; 18 years of age or older; no history of reading or language disability; normal vision, or vision that is corrected to normal with glasses or contacts.
Time: 45-60 minutes

Description:

Your eye movements will be monitored while you read sentences presented on a computer monitor.

Compensation:
$12
Study Number: 2016-2887
Phone Number: (413) 354-0053
Type of Subject: Adult

Description:

Volunteers Wanted for Research Study

  • Are you between 18 and 55 years of age? 
  • Do your emotions shift suddenly? 
  • Or do you engage in impulsive behaviors when you are feeling upset or in emotional pain?

If so, you may qualify for a study focused on how emotions and personality affect learning and impulsivity. Participants will complete some interviews, questionnaires, and computer games at several different times.

Compensation:
Financial compensation will be provided
Study Number: 2018-5118
Contact: Bruna Martins
Phone Number: 413-545-1023
Type of Subject: Older Adult

Description:

Are you or someone you know over the age of 60?

The Neural Vitality Lab is searching for older adults to participate in a study of emotion regulation. These studies include the viewing of emotional images and making decisions about them, as well as completing tests of memory and thinking skills.

The study will either be 1 or 2 sessions and will include computer tests or an MRI. You may receive up to $75 for completion of this study!

More info at: nrvlab.com

Study Number: 2016-4710
Room Number: Tobin 305
Type of Subject: Adult
Time: 1 hour

Description:

The Cognitive & Developmental Neuroscience Lab at UMass Amherst is recruiting volunteers for a behavioral study investigating ordinal cognition.

* Eligibility: Right-handed, 18-35 year-olds with no history of attention disabilities, epilepsy, or other neurological disorders.

 

Compensation:
$10
Study Number: 2082
Phone Number: (413) 545-4831
Room Number: remote
Type of Subject: Children

Description:

Help us learn if physical activity benefits learning and napping in preschool children!

WHO: We are recruiting preschool children (33 to 71 months) that frequently nap along with a caregiver (and have access to a computer/tablet with internet) for one of two in-home studies. No campus visits involved!

WHAT: Over a 16-day period, each study will include…
• Initial online assessment session: caregiver questionnaires, child cognitive & fitness assessment
• Two ‘testing’ days, each with: A morning activity or quiet play session (with caregiver assistance), two memory assessments (brief online meetings), and sleep measures during afternoon nap (Study 1 only)
• Movement and sleep tracking of child via a watch for 16 days
• Completion of a study diary by caregivers

COMPENSATION:
• $65 plus 1 story book (Study 1) or $45 plus 6 story books (Study 2)

To learn more about the study or learn if your child is eligible, contact our research team at cstlaurent@umass.edu or (413) 545-4831 or visit https://blogs.umass.edu/cstlaurent/.
 

Study Number: 2009-0242, 0369, 0493
Phone Number: 413-545-4831
Room Number: Tobin Hall 301N
Type of Subject: Adult, Type of Subject: Older Adult

Description:

we need YOU to sleep

participate in remote sleep studies

 

Study Number: 1701
Phone Number: (413) 345-0053
Type of Subject: Adult, Type of Subject: Middle-aged Adult

Description:

Do you want 6 weeks of free therapy?

Are you 18-60 years old?
Do your emotions shift suddenly?
Are your relationships very painful and difficult?
Do you often fell impulsive or out of control?
Do you engage in self-destructive behaviors?

You may be eligible to earn up to $135 by participating in research.