Human Subjects

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 for Human Subject Research for credit opportunities, 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: 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: 2016-3521
Contact: Fangzhou Zhu
Type of Subject: Adult


Be part of a psychology study analyzing the factors involved in productivity. You will be asked to perform a simple spreadsheet task and answer few survey question. You must be over 18, identify as American, and neither you nor your parents should have been to China.  The single session will take approximately 50 mins with a 5 minute break.

You will receive $8 dollars for your participation.
Study Number: 2015-2739
Phone Number: (413) 545-4831
Type of Subject: Children


The Cognition and Action Lab at UMass Amherst is recruiting children (6 - 9 years of age) for a study assessing the effects of sleep on behavior in children with ADHD.

  • Children will wear a watch to monitor sleep for 10-days
  • For 5 days of the study, your child will follow their normal sleep routine
  • For the other 5 days of the study, your child will go to bed 1.5 hours earlier than they normally do
  • There will be approximately 1 week between these 5-day periods
  • At the end of these 5 day testing periods, you and your child will participate in 2 overnight visits at our sleep lab located on campus
  • During these overnight visits, children will complete a computer task and wear sleep-recording sensors to measure sleep physiology during overnight sleep

If you and your child choose to participate, you are free to withdraw anytime. Eligible children should have diagnosed ADHD, no other developmental disorders or sleep disorders, sleep ≤ 10 hours/night, have a bedtime after 8pm (on average) and have normal, or corrected to normal vision.

Children will receive a small prize and caregivers will receive up to $100.00
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: 2016-3562
Contact: Youngbin Kwak
Phone Number: 413-345-6870
Time: 2 hours


We are looking for:

  • Right-handed adults, 20-29 years old
  • Right-handed children and adolescents, 10-17 years old
  • No neurological or psychiatric disorders
  • Not taking daily medication for these disorders


  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Human Magnetic Resonance Center at IALS.

What will you do?

  • Perform different tasks while your brain is monitored with a MRI scanner
  • You will also perform a set of behavioral tasks that measure your cognitive capacity
  • The study is completely non-invasive
  • Everything will be performed in a single 2 hour session

You will get a chance to see firsthand how science gets done.

For more information about child and adolescent participation please call Youngbin Kwak at 413/461-0129 or email

For more information about adult participation please call Youngbin Kwak at 413/345-6870 or email

$30 plus $1-3 bonus based on your performance
Study Number: 2007-159
Phone Number: (413) 545-4295
Type of Subject: Adult
Additional Subject Information: Newlywed couples
Time: Sessions last about 3 hours and are scheduled in the late afternoon or early evening.


The purpose of this study is to learn more about how newlywed couples grow and adjust over time and how these processes might be related to health. Participation in the project involves three visits to UMass over the time span of a few years.

Each visit involves the couple filling out questionnaires about their relationship, health and life experiences; participating in two discussions with each other and giving some samples of saliva to help us learn more about health related responses

Couples who complete all three sessions receive a total compensation of $450. ($100 for the first session, $140 for the second and $160 for the final visit with a bonus of $50 for completing all three).
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: 2009-0242, 0369, 0493
Phone Number: 413-545-4831
Room Number: Tobin Hall 301N
Type of Subject: Older Adult

Study Number: 2016-3166
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 the neural basis of numerosity perception.

* Eligibility: Right-handed, 18-26 year-olds with no history of attention disabilities, epilepsy, or other neurological disorders.