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


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:

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.


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.

Study Number: 2016-3551
Phone Number: (413) 545-1984
Type of Subject: Older Adult


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.

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


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


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

Study Number: 2018-5006
Room Number: Tobin 656
Type of Subject: Adult
Time: 45 minutes


This study examines physiological, behavioral, and self-reported aspects of how people engage with and understand interactions between groups. Participants will complete a 45 minute visit to our lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before the lab visit, we will assess your eligibility for the in-lab study with a short Qualtrics survey. Please complete this short 3 minute survey to determine your eligibility. If you are ineligible, you will receive notice within 24 hours. If you are eligible, you will be emailed an invitation code and will watch short clips of documentary footage, answer questions related to it, and discuss the footage with another participant in lab. If you are determined to be ineligible, your data will be immediately destroyed after we notify you of your ineligibility. If you are deemed eligible, your data will become part of the study record, although it will be stored separately from your responses on the main study so that your email is kept separate from any of your data from the actual study, keeping your responses in the main study confidential. We will also measure how your body responds during these tasks. You must be above the age of 18. You will receive up to 2 SONA credit for completing the in lab portion of the study.

***To take the eligibility survey (takes only 3 minutes), click the link below***


none except 2 SONA credits
Study Number: 2014-2355
Room Number: Tobin 305
Type of Subject: Adult
Time: 2 hours


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

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: 2016-2887
Phone Number: (413) 354-0053
Type of Subject: Adult


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.

Financial compensation will be provided
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: 2016-4710
Room Number: Tobin 305
Type of Subject: Adult
Time: 1 hour


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.


Study Number: 422 2018-5253
Phone Number: (413) 545-2930
Type of Subject: Children


The Cognition Across Development Lab is seeking children aged 3-6 (and their parent and/or legal guardian) to participate in a study entitled “Thinking About People”!

In this 20-minute study, participants will hear a story of how a narrator has just moved to a new town and needs help making guesses about the people who live there. The narrator will describe a personality or behavioral characteristic as photos of four people will appear at a time. The child will choose the person they think fits the description best. At the end, the parent and/or legal guardian will upload webcam video of the trial to our secure online platform, and have a chance to answer some brief, optional survey questions.  

The entire study can be done from home (all you need is a computer and a webcam to participate, and you can do so at any time; a parent and/or legal guardian must supervise). Children aged 3-6 are eligible to participate, and each family will receive up to $3 (prorated) via PayPal or Amazon gift card for participating. Participants will contribute to the understanding of how children reason about social groups.

Click here if you'd like to learn more about and participate in Thinking About People! You'll be taken to a new site where you'll learn how to participate using your webcam. Our games only work in certain web browsers (Chrome and Firefox) so make sure you're using one of those.

For more information, contact Tara Mandalaywala, PhD, Principal Investigator at, by phone at (413) 545-2930, or visit the lab's website at

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