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: 2018-5276
Contact: Bella Cerulle
Phone Number: (413) 461-0299
Room Number: Tobin 649
Type of Subject: Middle-aged Adult
Additional Subject Information: Please leave a message at (413) 461-0299 or email for more information about the study and to learn more about eligibility.
Time: Two visits: 2hrs + 3 hrs


Adults 45 years and older (<60 years) are needed for a study on how seeing a speaker’s face helps with understanding what the speaker said. Researchers in the Language, Intersensory Perception, and Speech (LIPS) lab at UMass Amherst are seeking volunteers with American English as their first language. The study requires a 2-hour visit and a 3-hour visit to the lab on campus. Participants will be paid $10 per hour for their time. All personnel has volunteered to wear masks and currently only appointments for participants willing to wear doubled surgical masks are open. The first lab visit includes various computerized tasks that assess hearing, vision, and judgments about what a speaker says. The second visit involves recording the participants’ brain waves with an EEG cap on their head while they watch and listen to a speaker.

$10/hr for a 2hr visit and a 3hr visit
Study Number: 2716
Type of Subject: Adolescent, Type of Subject: Adult


Do you identify as Hispanic or Latina/o/x?

Do you identify as Hispanic or Latina/o/x? Are you between the ages of 13-19 years? Or are you the parent of someone that age? 

A team of health researchers are looking for parents and teenagers (ages 13-19) to participate together in a study on life experiences and health. The study involves an interview, surveys, and health measurements. 

Family members will be compensated up to $60 each for participating.
Participation is completely voluntary and all information collected is confidential.

If you are interested in learning more about the study, give us a call/text/email or message on social media. 

Call/Text: (413)-200-8631 
Facebook/lnstagram: UMassFamLab 

Study Investigators: 
Airin Martinez, Ph.D. 
Evelyn Mercado, Ph.D. 

Study Number: 2014-2239
Contact: Ramiro Rea
Type of Subject: Adolescent


We are looking for:
• Healthy kids from 11-12 and 15-17 years old.

What we study?
• We study decision making using an online computerized game to understand your decisions.

What you would do?
You will play an online game where you must discover what gear makes a pilot better in a race by making choices using your keyboard. A researcher will set up the game for you and will be watching the session through a videocall.

• Will receive a stipend (between $12 - $15).

• Please contact Ramiro Rea in the Neuro-Learning & Performance Lab at 413-489-1209 or

Study Number: 2018-5070
Contact: Allecia Reid
Room Number: Tobin 6th floor


During the lab study, you will be asked to provide information about yourself, your personality, and your alcohol use. You will also be asked to participate in an evaluation task.

Type of Subject: Individuals 21-30 years old who currently drink alcoholic beverages

Time: 5-10 minute eligibility survey and 1 hour for in-person study

Compensation: In exchange for completing the screener, you will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card. In exchange for the lab portion of the study, you will receive compensation at the rate of either two experimental research credits per hour of participation OR $15 per hour of participation.

Study Number: 444
Contact: Bella Cerulle
Phone Number: (413) 461-0299
Room Number: Tobin 649
Type of Subject: Adult
Time: 2.5 - 3.5 hour visit


We need:
- Adults between 18 and 35 years of age who are native speakers of American English
- You must be right-handed and have normal hearing in both ears
- You must have normal vision or wear appropriate glasses/contact lenses
- You cannot have a history of language disorder or neurological and 
psychiatric issues
- You should not have taken psychoactive medication in the two weeks prior 
to the appointment

What will you be asked to do?
You would come to the lab in Tobin Hall for a one-time visit. During your 
visit in the lab, you will be asked to rate whether short English phrases 
were pronounced correctly. While you are listening, your brainwaves (EEG) 
will be recorded by a cap of electrodes that will be placed on your head.

What Covid measures are implemented?
All personnel has volunteered to wear masks and currently only appointments 
for participants willing to wear doubled surgical masks are open.

How would you be compensated?
You would receive $12 per hour, rounded to the nearest half of an hour. The 
session is between 2.5-3.5 hrs, so you can get up to $42.

Please leave a message for Bella Cerulle at (413) 461-0299 or email

$12 per hour for 2.5 - 3.5 hour visit
Study Number: 206
Contact: Bella Cerulle
Phone Number: (413) 461-0229
Room Number: Tobin 649
Type of Subject: Adult
Additional Subject Information: All experimenters have volunteered to wear a mask in the lab.
Time: 30 min


In this study you will be asked to listen to a speaker talk and to indicate what the speaker said or will say by pressing buttons or by typing a response. We may track your eye movements while you listen to speech. We will also ask you a few demographic questions.

You must fulfill these criteria:

  • American English was your first language and the only language you grew up speaking at home
  • 18-30 years old
  • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • Normal hearing
  •  No psychoactive medication use
  •  No diagnosed language or attention problems
  • No neurological issues.


Study Number: 3299
Type of Subject: Adult


The Tropp lab at UMass-Amherst is recruiting students older than 18 years for a study on judgements of online interactions. All you have to do is chat with a fellow student for 15-20 min and answer a few questions. 5 people selected from the raffle will each win a $150 gift card!


or contact to sign up for the study.


Study Number: 2082
Phone Number: (413) 545-4831
Room Number: remote
Type of Subject: Children


Help us learn if physical activity benefits learning and napping in preschool children!

WHO: We are recruiting preschool children (33 to 71 months) that frequently nap along with a caregiver (and have access to a computer/tablet with internet) for one of two in-home studies. No campus visits involved!

WHAT: Over a 16-day period, each study will include…
• Initial online assessment session: caregiver questionnaires, child cognitive & fitness assessment
• Two ‘testing’ days, each with: A morning activity or quiet play session (with caregiver assistance), two memory assessments (brief online meetings), and sleep measures during afternoon nap (Study 1 only)
• Movement and sleep tracking of child via a watch for 16 days
• Completion of a study diary by caregivers

• $65 plus 1 story book (Study 1) or $45 plus 6 story books (Study 2)

To learn more about the study or learn if your child is eligible, contact our research team at or (413) 545-4831 or visit

Study Number: 2854
Phone Number: 413-345-5346
Type of Subject: Children, Type of Subject: Adult


The UMass ViTAL Lab is seeking parent and child volunteers to help us learn more about how stress affects young children's feelings and behavior, and about what parents do to help their children manage stress.

You may be eligible if:
You are over the age of 18
Have a child between age 4-6

Contact us for more information!

You can earn up to $75 and your child can earn a gift valued at $15 by participating in this study. 
Participation is voluntary and information is confidential.

To learn more about how to participate, please email us at, call us at 413-345-5346 or scan this QR code & share your contact info with us - one of our staff will contact you.

 contact us today


Study Number: 0345, 0349
Phone Number: 413-545-4831
Type of Subject: Older Adult


older woman sleeping

The Somneuro Lab at UMass Amherst is recruiting for a variety of in-lab or at-home studies examining the relationship between sleep and memory in older adults.
Participants will be asked to complete a computer-based memory task and will then have their memory tested after sleeping or staying awake.
Compensation is available from $60-$200.

If interested, call (413) 545-4831 or email

Somneuro Lab, UMass Amherst

Study Number: 2360, 2401
Type of Subject: Adolescent


car drving

Researchers at the Learning Lab and the Human Performance Lab are studying teen drivers’ cognitive skills and their use of automated driving systems. They are seeking teen drivers who are ready to test for or have recently received their junior operator license. In the first visit, teen drivers will complete several computer tasks during a 45-minute session at the Learning Lab. In each of the next four visits, teens will complete a 60-minute driving session in the driving simulator at the Human Performance Lab. Participants should not be prone to motion sickness.

Teens can earn up to $150 for participation in all 5 sessions, and parents can earn up for $50. The full breakdown of compensation can be seen below:

Visit 1: $20 for teen, $10 for parent

Visit 2: $25 for teen, $10 for parent

Visit 3: $30 for teen, $10 for parent

Visit 4: $35 for teen, $10 for parent

Visit 5: $40 for teen, $10 for parent

Both lab locations are on the UMass Amherst campus. For more information, please contact Christina Hogan at or fill out our intake form

Study Number: 1701
Phone Number: (413) 345-0053
Type of Subject: Adult, Type of Subject: Middle-aged Adult


Receive free group therapy as part of the Mapping Aspects of Psychotherapy in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (MAPDBT) research study. The goal of MAPDBT is to compare how different parts of evidence-based group therapy may improve emotional functioning among people who struggle to manage their emotions and have self-destructive behaviors. Participants will receive 6 weeks of free group therapy. Although these group interventions are based on evidence-based care, they are experimental as we do not know how six weeks of each separate group will affect your symptoms.

Participants would be required to attend 6 weeks of virtual group therapy (2 hours each session), come for 3 in-person visits (3 hours each session) to the Clinical Affective Science Lab (CASL) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (maintaining social distance and following safety guidelines), and complete sets of online surveys. Unfortunately, the in-person sessions cannot be done virtually. In addition, participants will be compensated a small amount for participation (up to $210 for the full study).

Before people sign up for the study, we like to provide participants with more information on what participation involves. Additionally, we would also like to ask some questions about some psychological symptoms they may have experienced in order to ensure that they qualify for the study. This phone call should take about 30-40 minutes to complete and can be scheduled by emailing

We will be launching a final round of groups in mid-October, and will be completing participant enrollment soon. Please contact our lab now to complete the screening process and pre-group requirements, many of which can be completed virtually!

Visit the CASL website for more information: or call 413-354-0053

Study Number: 1313
Type of Subject: Children


illustration of woman and children holding hands

What do kids think about people and the world around them? 
Researchers at UMass Amherst are recruiting kids ages 5-12 years to participate in a study! 

We are conducting a study about how kids who are Black, White, or Mixed (Black & White)* think their peers would interact with authority figures, like police or firefighters. 

The study will be conducted with a trained researcher through a one time visit on Zoom, which can be done in the comfort of your home. The session will last about 30-40 minutes and children will be compensated $5. 

Soon after the study, we hope to follow up with parents to complete a survey. Parents will also be compensated for completing the follow-up survey. 

Scan the QRC or visit this link to sign up for the study and we'll reach out to you though email to set an appointment! 

*children who identify as Multiracial or Mixed Black are still welcome to participate.

Project leader: Gorana Gonzalez, M.S.