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: 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: 1
Phone Number: 413/345-2939
Type of Subject: Infant/Toddler
Time: 30-40 minutes


The Infant Cognition Lab is seeking infant participants age 11–12 and 18–24 months-old for a study investigating how infants think about faces.

Participants can be seen at one of two locations, the UMass Amherst Infant Cognition Lab or at the UMass Center, Tower Square, Springfield, MA.

Infants will watch a fun puppet show and complete a reaching task using characters with different faces.

The parent of the participant will receive $15 and the infant will receive a toy.
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: 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: 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: 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.