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: 2018-5057
Contact: Abigail Helm
Type of Subject: Adult

Description:

The Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) and the Learning Lab are currently looking for licensed drivers ages 18-24 who do not wear eye glasses (contact lenses are okay). Participants are asked to come to the HPL for one session of 60 minutes during which they will use a driving simulator. Participants will also come to the Learning Lab for one session of 90 minutes during which they will complete computer tasks while EEG (electroencephalogram) is recorded. Participants will be compensated $20 after completing each session. If interested, please email neuro.drive.study@gmail.com, and be sure to include you first and last name, your age, and phone number.

Compensation: $20 each session; $40 total for two sessions 

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

Description:

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***

Link: https://umassamherst.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bxci6Ux9L5jAFP7

Compensation:
none except 2 SONA credits
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: 2017-4050
Contact: Youngbin Kwak
Type of Subject: Adult

Description:

The Neuro-Learning and Performance Lab is seeking volunteers for a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) study to learn about the decision making process.

Participants will receive $5 for the first visit (0.5 hour) and $40 for the second visit (3 hours).
Participants will get $1-5 bonus based on their performance in the second visit.

Participants should be right-handed, 18-29 years-olds with no history of attention disabilities or neurological disorder, having no metal implants or history of metal working or claustrophobia, and currently taking no psychoactive medication.

For more information, contact Youngbin Kwak at kwaknlpgroup@gmail.com.

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