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

Description:

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.

Compensation:
The parent of the participant will receive $15 and the infant will receive a toy.
Study Number: 2016-3521
Contact: Fangzhou Zhu
Type of Subject: Adult

Description:

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.

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

Description:

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.

Compensation:
Children will receive a small prize and caregivers will receive up to $100.00
Study Number: 2016-3502
Contact: Youngbin Kwak
Phone Number: 413-461-0129
Type of Subject: Older Adult

Description:

We Are Looking For
Those who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and are actively taking
anti-Parkinsonian dopaminergic medications.

What We Study?
We study the motor behaviors of Parkinson’s patients. We also study the effect of Parkinsonian medications. In the lab, you will perform a computer task involving button presses as well as a simple assessment of motor and cognitive abilities. You will participate in two different days once ON and once OFF your normal morning dose of Parkinson’s medication. Each session will last about 90-minutes.

Participants
You will receive a minimum of $15 as well as a $1-5 bonus based on your performance on each testing day for participation. Plus, you will contribute to understanding the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s Disease.

Locations
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Neuro-Learning & Performance Lab
Home Visits

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: 2016-3562
Contact: Youngbin Kwak
Phone Number: 413-345-6870
Time: 2 hours

Description:

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

Location:

  • 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 kwaknlpgroup@gmail.com.

For more information about adult participation please call Youngbin Kwak at 413/345-6870 or email fmrikwak@gmail.com.

Compensation:
$30 plus $1-3 bonus based on your performance
Study Number: 2016-3502
Contact: Youngbin Kwak
Phone Number: (413) 461-0129
Type of Subject: Older Adult

Description:

We Are Looking For
Healthy older adults (age: 50-85) without a previous history of psychiatric or neurological disorder.

What We Study?
We study the motor behaviors of Parkinson’s patients. You will be participating as a healthy control participant. In the lab you will perform a computer task involving button presses as well as an assessment of motor and cognitive abilities. The entire session will last 90-minutes.

Participants
You will receive a minimum of $15 as well as a $1-5 bonus based on your performance on each testing day for participation. Plus, you will contribute to understanding the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s Disease.

Location
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Neuro-Learning & Performance Lab

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: 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

Description:

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.

Compensation:
$10