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: 2014-2239
Contact: Ramiro Rea
Type of Subject: Adolescent


We are looking for:
• Healthy kids from 11-12 and 15-17 years old.

What we study?
• We study decision making using an online computerized game to understand your decisions.

What you would do?
You will play an online game where you must discover what gear makes a pilot better in a race by making choices using your keyboard. A researcher will set up the game for you and will be watching the session through a videocall.

• Will receive a stipend (between $12 - $15).

• Please contact Ramiro Rea in the Neuro-Learning & Performance Lab at 413-489-1209 or

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


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

Study Number: 1001
Phone Number: (413) 545-4831
Type of Subject: Infant/Toddler


The Somneuro Lab is currently recruiting infants (starting at 9 months) to participate in two studies relating to early sleep patterns. In one study, we are interested in how infants' multiple naps (morning and afternoon) support learning longitudinally across ages 9, 12, and 15 months. In another study, we are interested in the effects of infant night light use on 9-15-month-olds' sleep quality at home. Compensation is available for both studies, and the first study can be completed either in the laboratory or remotely. More information on the second study is available in the flyer below.

PDF of flyer

Study Number: 366
Contact: Sean Conway
Type of Subject: Adult


Be part of a psychological study analyzing judgments and decisions. You will be shown a set of options and asked to make a series of evaluations or decisions. This is a single session study lasting approximately 30 minutes. You will receive one SONA credit for participation. To qualify for the study, you need to be fluent in English and have normal or correct-to-normal vision. This study takes place entirely online.

To participate in this study, sign up on SONA using this link: 

When it’s time for you to participate, you will go to a Zoom room provided to you by the researcher.

SONA credit only
Study Number: 2697
Type of Subject: Adult


Research Participants Needed for an online study!
The Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts is currently looking for licensed drivers ages 18 to 21. Participants are asked to complete a short course about vulnerable road users ( e.g., Pedestrians, bicyclists). The material for the course will be shared weekly for 4 weeks and will require about 20 to 30 minutes of your time each week. 

Participants will be compensated $25/$50 in an amazon giftcard for completing all the material. 

The Lab’s Research Focuses on:
Evaluation & training for at-risk populations (younger and older drivers)
Driver distraction and attention maintenance
Crash awareness and  prevention

Interested in Participating?
Sign up at 
Fill out the sign-up form on the bottom of the webpage
Type “Online driving Study” in “Any Special Request”
Press Submit
email to 
Type “Online driving Study” as email Subject
Include your First name, last name, age, and Phone number

Please call  413-545-3393 if you have any questions.

Study Number: 2018-5118
Contact: Bruna Martins
Phone Number: 413-545-1023
Type of Subject: Older Adult


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:

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


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

• $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 or (413) 545-4831 or visit

Study Number: 1686
Type of Subject: Adult


Have you ever felt unsafe in a romantic relationship?
Has a partner often acted jealous or said mean things to you?

If you are a woman age 18-25, live in MA, and answered yes to either of these questions, we may want to learn more about how these experiences may be affecting your well-being.

You can get paid $60 for participating in an interview with us. Participation is voluntary and information is confidential.

To learn more about how to participate, please contact us at: or by phone at 413-345-5346

Or if you prefer to have us contact you, scan the QR code below & share your contact info with us.


Study Number: 2009-0242, 0369, 0493
Phone Number: 413-545-4831
Type of Subject: Adult, Type of Subject: Older Adult


The UMass Amherst Somneuro Lab has established a new fully remote, contact free, project investigating memory consolidation during sleep! The lab is in need of young adults to participate, which can be done completely from home.

Several studies available with compensation!


we need YOU to sleep

Participate in remote sleep studies!

The Somneuro Lab at UMass Amherst is recruiting for a variety of at-home studies examining the relationship between sleep and memory in older adults.

All studies can be completed from the comfort of your own home, and we will provide all materials needed to complete the study!

All communication will take place over phone or email to maintain social distancing, and any materials or equipment needed will delivered to your home by one of our research staff.

Participants will be asked to complete a computer-based memory task and will then have their memory tested after sleeping or staying awake.

Compensation is available from $15-$200 in the form of an electronic gift card!

If interested, call (413) 545-4831 or email 

Somneuro Lab, UMass Amherst

participate in remote sleep studies


Study Number: 2360, 2401
Type of Subject: Adolescent


brain on wheels

We are looking for teen drivers ready to test for the junior operator license!

Researchers at the Learning Lab and the Human Performance Lab are studying teen drivers’ cognitive skills and their use of automated driving systems. They are seeking teen drivers who are ready to test for their junior operator license. In the first visit, teen drivers will complete several computer tasks during a 75-minute session at the Learning Lab. In each of the next four visits, teens will complete a 60-minute driving session in the driving simulator at the Human Performance Lab. Participants should not be prone to motion sickness.

Teens can earn up to $150 for participation in all 5 sessions, and parents can earn up for $50. The full breakdown of compensation can be seen below:

Visit 1: $20 for teen, $10 for parent

Visit 2: $25 for teen, $10 for parent

Visit 3: $30 for teen, $10 for parent

Visit 4: $35 for teen, $10 for parent

Visit 5: $40 for teen, $10 for parent

Both lab locations are on the UMass Amherst campus. For more information, please contact Christina Hogan at or fill out our intake form

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


The goal of the Mapping Aspects of Psychotherapy in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (MAPDBT) research study is to compare how different parts of evidence-based group therapy may improve emotional functioning among people who struggle to manage their emotions and have self-destructive behaviors. Participants will receive 6 weeks of free group therapy. Although these group interventions are based on evidence-based care, they are experimental as we do not know how six weeks of each separate group will affect your symptoms. 

Participants would be required to attend 6 weeks of virtual group therapy (2 hours each session), come for 3 in-person visits (3 hours each session) to the Clinical Affective Science Lab (CASL) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (maintaining social distance and following safety guidelines), and complete sets of online surveys. Unfortunately, the in-person sessions cannot be done virtually. In addition, participants will be compensated a small amount for participation (up to $145 for the full study). 

Before people sign up for the study, we like to provide participants with more information on what participation involves. Additionally, we would also like to ask some questions about some psychological symptoms they may have experienced in order to ensure that they qualify for the study. This phone call should take about 30-40 minutes to complete and can be scheduled by emailing

Visit the CASL website for more information: