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Current Studies

Please check the eligibility requirements for each study. Some studies are only open to UBC students, others are open to the general public.

Last updated: August 8, 2017.


Casino Vision
Researcher: W. Spencer Murch, Dr. Miriam Spering and Dr. Luke Clark
Description: This study will last approximately 60 minutes. You will be given a couple of short surveys to fill out about if / how you gamble. You will then be asked to play a real slot machine, of a type that can be played in casinos and gaming centers across BC. You will be given $40 credit to play the slot machine. Most participants will end up losing some of that money, but if you finish the session with more than $40 credit on the game (i.e. if you turn a profit), you will be paid the amount of that profit up to a maximum of $20 at the end of your session. For example, if you finish the session with $45.00 on the game, you will be paid $5.00 on top of your participation honorarium. During the game, we will ask you to wear a special pair of glasses that track your gaze (i.e. whatever you’re looking at) as well as the scene around you (i.e. the slot machine, the lab room, etc.). The glasses have a small built-in video camera that records the movements of your eyes and the visual scene. These videos allow us to analyze the position and velocity of your eye movements, and link them to areas of interest in the visual environment.
Eligibility: Participants must be at least 19 years old. They must have normal eyesight OR contact lenses OR uncorrected eyesight between -4 and +4. They must have no history of neuropsychiatric or oculomotor disease (such as amblyopia, or ‘lazy eye’). Please contact us if you would like clarification on any of these criteria.
Location: Room 4042 at Ponderosa Audain Art Centre6398 University Boulevard, UBC.
Contact Information: Please contact Spencer Murch, spencer@psych.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take 60 minutes. Participants will be paid $10 for their time, plus any bonuses earned during the slot machine task.
Study End Date: Posted August 8, 2017. Ends September 30th, 2017.


Cognition & Motion: A smartphone study
Researcher: Simon Ho (Graduate Student) and Todd Handy (PI)
Description: The goal of this study is to examine the relationship between cognition and motion. Participants will be asked to walk around parts of UBC campus (accompanied by a research assistant). This walk could take place indoors or outdoors (randomly assigned during the session). We will be recording motion data using a smartphone during the walk. The session will take approximately 1 hour.
Eligibility: 18-40 years of age. Due to the nature of the study, participants must be able to physically walk around UBC campus. Comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing are strongly recommended.
Location: Room 3407, Kenny (Psychology) building on UBC Campus (2136 West Mall, Vancouver. V6T 1Z4)
Contact information: Please contact Simon Ho by email at simon@psych.ubc.ca
Reimbursement: $5 per half hour of your time.
Study End Date: Renewed Aug 3, 2017. No end date.


Brain Mechanisms Underlying Human Motion Perception
Researcher: Kim Meier (grad student) and Deborah Giaschi (PI)
Description: The purpose of this research is to learn more about how the brain processes motion information. You will play a computer game that involves watching an animation on a computer screen and reporting what you see with a gamepad.
Eligibility: Children 4-9 years old and adults aged 18-30 with good vision and no history of visual disorders (e.g., amblyopia, strabismus, eye trauma or disease), or developmental/neurological disorders. 
Location: Children’s Hospital, 4480 Oak Street.
Contact Information: To make an appointment, call the Ophthalmology Research Lab at 604-875-2345 x7853 or email opthalrl@cw.bc.ca.
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive a $10 honorarium for 1 hour of their time.
Study End Date: Revised Aug 2, 2017. Ends Sept 30, 2017.


Highly Personalized User Interfaces and Older Adults Study
Researcher: Izabelle Janzen and Dr. Joanna Mcgrenere
Description: We are conducting a study as part a larger investigation of personalization behavior and individual differences in how older adults interact with notifications. As part of this effort we are investigating how older adults think about, organize and classify the notifications and messages they receive. This includes but is not limited to mobile devices. Activities involved will be mainly limited to talking about your experiences with notifications as well as sorting and grouping cards showing potential notifications. You will be asked to share a few (5-10) of your own notifications in as much detail as you desire if you are comfortable with it.
Eligibility: The study is available to anyone who meets the following:  • Is 50 years of age or older  • Owns and has used a device (e.g. phone, laptop, tablet) that receives notifications for more than six months  • Speaks English fluently
Location: UBC Computer Science building, 2366 Main Mall #201
Contact Information: Please contact Izabelle Janzen at bjanzen@cs.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take approximately one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes of your time. You will be compensated $15 for participating.
Study End Date: Posted July 26, 2017. Ends Sept 30, 2017.


UBC Online Parenting Study
Researcher: Charlotte Johnston (PI); Kyle Dadgar (RA), Emma Ward-Griffin (RA)
Description: The study looks at child behaviour and parenting cognitions. Specifically, we are interested in how parents’ thoughts about their son’s behaviour are related to their parenting behaviour. The study includes two portions. The first portion involves filling out several questionnaires and completing two tasks on the computer, and the second portion is a phone interview on parenting and child behaviour.
Eligibility: Mothers of boys between the ages of 6-12 with attention/inhibition problems. Also must have normal or corrected-to-normal eyesight (glasses, contact lenses).
Location: Online and over the phone.
Contact Information: Contact Kyle or Emma at: cjlab@psych.ubc.ca or at: 604-822-9037 (toll-free at 1-866-558-5581)
Reimbursement/Time: Parents will be compensated $25 for 60-90 minutes (i.e., $15 for the 60 minutes of online questionnaires/tasks and $10 for 15-30 minute phone interview).
Study End Date: Posted July 21, 2017. No end date.


Development of Social Cognition
Researcher: Antonya Gonzalez (PhD Student), Dr. Andrew Baron (PI)
Description: In this study, you will read a child-friendly story, answer questions, and complete a categorization task. After a break, you will return to the lab and take the categorization task again. Note: The time-slot for this study is 1.5 hours, however you will have a 45 minute break between measures.
Eligibility: UBC students,18-35 years of age, fluent in English, must identify as East Asian or Caucasian
Location: Kenny Building 1118
Contact Information: scdlab.adultstudies@gmail.com
Reimbursement/Time: $10 for 1.5 hours (with a 45 min break)
Study End Date: Posted July 20, 2017. Ends September 1, 2017.


Interpersonal Relationships 2
Researcher: Marlise Hofer and Dr. Frances Chen
Description: Participants in romantic relationships will wear a white undershirt for 24 consecutive hours and track their sleep (using a sleep watch) for four nights. Both members of the couple must participate. Upon study completion, participants will be given information about their sleep quality as measured by the Actiwatch!
Eligibility: Seeking heterosexual couples who have been together for more than 3 months and live in the Vancouver area.
Location:Kenny building room 3318
Contact Information: chenlabstudy@gmail.com
Reimbursement/Time: Couples will recieve $60-$100 (compensation varies depending on study).
Study End Date: Posted July 17, 2017. No end date.


Interpersonal Relationships
Researcher: Marlise Hofer and Dr. Frances Chen
Description: Male participants will wear a white undershirt for 24 consecutive hours.
Eligibility: Participants must be male, and willing to avoid certian foods with strong odors (spicy food, garlic), smoking, and scented hygene products for 48 hours. Participants must also be able to sleep alone for the night the shirt is worn.
Location:Kenny building room 3318
Contact Information: chenlabstudy@gmail.com
Reimbursement/Time: $20
Study End Date: Posted July 17, 2017. No end date.


The Effects of Race, Caucasian versus Chinese, On Extended High Frequency Norms.
Researcher: Dr. Navid Shahnaz and Tali Efrat
Description: Participants will receive a free hearing test to determine hearing sensitivity and middle ear function. Participants will be asked to press a button in response to sounds during the hearing test. Results from this study will help to determine whether there are differences in the middle ears of patients from different racial backgrounds. If differences are found, it will lead to a better diagnosis of middle ear problems in individuals from different races.
Eligibility: Caucasian (Individuals with white or light skin and of European descent) and Chinese (Chinese descendant of immigrants from Mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan without traceable foreign descent) young males between the ages of 18-34 with normal hearing and no history of ear infections
Location: Middle Ear Lab (Room B28) located in the Woodward IRC building on UBC Campus.
Contact information: Contact Tali at: 778-939-5632 or at: mel@audiospeech.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive a free hearing test and an honorarium will be provided. Testing will take approximately 1 hour.
Study End Date: Updated July 12, 2017. No end date.


Paired practice of keystroke patterns
Researcher: Brynn Alexander (RA), April Karlinsky (PhD student), and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI)
Description: Participants will take turns practicing 3 different keystroke patterns with a partner, while trying to learn the timing of each pattern as accurately as possible.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this study you must meet all of the following requirements: 1) female, 2) 18-35 years old, 3) right-hand dominant (with no current injury to the right arm/wrist/hand), 4) normal or corrected vision, 5) no known neurological disorders, 6) no previous participation in a similar study (involving keystroke patterns) conducted by the School of Kinesiology’s Motor Skills Lab (if in doubt, please check with Brynn).
Location: Room 4612 in the D. H. Copp Building (2146 Health Sciences Mall)
Contact Information: Please contact Brynn at ubc.motor.skills.laboratory@gmail.com
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take place across 2 days in a row. Day 1 will take ~1h30min and Day 2 will take 20-30min (total time: ~2 hours). Participants will be paid $10.50/hour.
Study End Date: July 8, 2017. Ends October 1, 2017.


Social Casino
Researcher: W. Spencer Murch and Luke Clark
Description: This study will last 60 minutes. You may be participating alongside up to two other participants. You will be given a couple of short surveys to fill out about if / how you gamble. You will then be asked to play a modern slot machine, of a type that can be played in casinos and gaming centres across BC. While you play, we will ask you to wear some sensors on your body to measure physiological changes. Two cuffs on your fingertips will measure your sweating responses (‘skin conductance’), and patches on your neck and chest will measure your heart rate. These patches are safe and comfortable to wear, and we will take time to familiarize you with the equipment. We will give you $40 credit to use for a period of real play lasting a portion of study session. Any winnings on the game will be scaled-down to a small cash bonus that you will be awarded when the study is finished.
Eligibility: Participants must be at least 19 years of age. Normal or corrected-to-normal eyesight (glasses, contact lenses). No antidepressant, anti-anxiety or anti-psychotic prescriptions. No history of allergies to gels, alcohols or adhesives.
Location: Room 4042 at Ponderosa Audain Art Centre6398 University Boulevard, UBC.
Contact Information: Please contact Spencer Murch, spencer@psych.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take 60 minutes. Participants will be paid $10 for their time, plus any bonuses earned during the slot machine task.
Study End Date: Posted July 7, 2017. Ends August 18, 2017.


Subliminally Yours
Researcher: Yana Pertels (Project Leader/RA), Dr. Ronald Rensink (Primary Investigator)
Description: Learn more about subliminal perception! We are looking at how we can apply the principles of magic tricks to a combination of psychological experiments.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this study you must meet all of the following requirements: 1) You must be between the ages of 18 and 35. 2) You must have normal or corrected to normal (glasses, contacts) vision 3) You cannot have participated in any NOVA or Subliminally Yours studies before. 4) You cannot participate in this study more than once. 5) You must also bring a physical photo ID (ie. student ID, driver’s license, passport) ***For other general guidelines and policies, please visit http://www.reservax.com/ubcviscog/
Location: Kenny Building, Room 3204; Visual Cognition Lab (VCL)
Contact Information: If you are eligible to participate, please sign up through our VCL Reservax system https://www.reservax.com/ubcviscog/member_exp_signup.php?id=1&page=2
Reimbursement/Time: Receive $10 for 1hr of participation
Study End Date: Posted June 29, 2017. No end date.


Line IT 1
Researcher: Wendy Chai (Project Leader/RA), Dr. Ronald Rensink (Primary Investigator)
Description: Are our visual systems smarter than we think? This study investigates whether changing the orientation of the display will affect the time it takes to find the target. Participants will perform visual search tasks on a computer.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this study you must meet all of the following requirements: 1) You must be between ages 18-35yrs 2) You must have normal to corrected to normal (glasses, contacts) vision 3) You cannot have participated in any SHIVA or Perceptual Modes experiment within the last 30 days. 4) You cannot participate in this study more than once. 5) You must also bring a physical photo ID (ie. student ID, driver’s license, passport) ***For other general guidelines and policies, please visit http://www.reservax.com/ubcviscog/
Location: Kenny Building, Room 3204; Visual Cognition Lab (VCL)
Contact Information: If you are eligible to participate, please sign up through our VCL Reservax system http://www.reservax.com/ubcviscog/member_exp_signup.php?id=4&page=2
Reimbursement/Time: Receive $10 for 1hr of participation
Study End Date: Posted June 29, 2017. No end date.


Perceptual Modes
Researcher: Sogol Ghattan (Project Leader/RA), Dr. Ronald Rensink (Primary Investigator)
Description: Does your mode of perception shift depending on what you look at? Come and see! We may be able to identify your perceptual mode by testing your performance on a computerized visual search task.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this study you must meet all of the following requirements: 1) You must be between ages and 18-35yrs 2) You must have normal to corrected to normal (glasses, contacts) vision 3) You cannot have participated in SHIVA. 4) You cannot have participated in Perceptual Modes 2.0. 5) You cannot have participated in Line IT1. 6) You cannot participate in this study more than once. 7) You must also bring a physical photo ID (ie. student ID, driver’s license, passport) ***For other general guidelines and policies, please visit http://www.reservax.com/ubcviscog/
Location: Kenny Building, Room 3204; Visual Cognition Lab (VCL)
Contact Information: If you are eligible to participate, please sign up through our VCL Reservax system https://www.reservax.com/ubcviscog/member_exp_signup.php?id=33&page=2
Reimbursement/Time: Receive $10 for 1hr of participation.
Study End Date: Posted June 29, 2017. No end date.


Down the Highway
Researcher: Ti Wu (Project Leader/RA), Dr. Ronald Rensink (Primary Investigator)
Description: How well can you judge speed in your periphery? Show us in a 3d driving simulator displayed on a personal Omnimax theatre-like Elumens screen. Just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Eligibility: You must be between ages 18 and 30. You must have normal or corrected to normal (glasses, contacts) vision. You cannot run this experiment more than once every two weeks (14 days). You cannot run this experiment more than four times. We caution against signing up for this experiment if you suffer from motion sickness.
Location: Room x725 of the ICICS (Computer Science) building
Contact Information: If you are eligible to participate, please sign up through our VCL Reservax system:
https://www.reservax.com/ubcviscog/member_exp_signup.php?id=18&page=2
Reimbursement/Time: Receive $10 for 1hr of participation
Study End Date: Posted June 29, 2017. No end date.


Ouija
Researcher: Gurveer Toor (Project Leader), Dr. Ronald Rensink (Primary Investigator)
Description: The ouija board, as a special kind of talking board, has long drawn attention from spiritualists and psychologists. Its power to move ‘by itself’ and give answers to questions is intriguing. The goal of our study is to understand the mechanism that underlies this phenomenon and to use it to access implicit cognition. In this experiment you will play Ouija with another participant under the supervision of an experimenter.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this study you must meet all of the following requirements: 1) You must be 19-35. Age 18 is acceptable if you are currently attending university. 2) You cannot participate in this study if you already signed up for, or participated in, “Motor coordination 1” or “Motor coordination 2” studies. 3) You cannot participate in this study more than once. 4) You must also bring a physical photo ID (ie. student ID, driver’s license, passport) ***For other general guidelines and policies, please visit http://www.reservax.com/ubcviscog/
Location: Kenny Building, Room 3204; Visual Cognition Lab (VCL)
Contact Information: If you are eligible to participate, please sign up through our VCL Reservax system http://www.reservax.com/ubcviscog/member_exp_signup.php?id=4&page=2
Reimbursement/Time: Receive $10 for 60 minutes of participation
Study End Date: Posted June 29, 2017. No end date.


Stories and Words
Researcher: Brianne Senior, Karina Wong and Molly Babel (PI)
Description: This study is about speech perception. You will listen to a story and then be asked to classify items as words and nonwords.
Eligibility: You must be a native English speaker, and you must not have any known speech, hearing, or language disorders.
Location: Speech in Context Lab, in the upper level of the Stores Road Annex (6368 Stores Road, between Main Mall and West Mall).
Contact Information: Please contact Brianne at brianne.senior@alumni.ubc.ca to confirm eligibility and arrange a time to participate.
Reimbursement/Time: This study takes about 25min. Participants will be compensated $5 for participation.
Study end date: Updated June 22, 2017. No end date.


Digital Data Management
Researcher: Francesco Vitale (graduate student), Joanna McGrenere (PI)
Description: We are studying how people manage and preserve digital data (e.g., files on computers, data produced with mobile applications) across their personal devices. The study will consist of an interview where you will discuss how you manage your digital data, telling us and showing us examples from your devices.
Eligibility: We are looking for participants who are 25+ years old, fluent in English, own and regularly use at least one interactive device (e.g., smartphone, laptop, etc.).
Location: Computer Science building, Main Mall. Or a location of your choice: your office, a coffee shop, etc.
Contact Information: Please contact Francesco Vitale at fvitale@cs.ubc.ca, using “Digital Data Management study” as a reference, specifying how old are you, what is your occupation (what you study if you’re a student), and what kind of devices you regularly use. We will arrange a time to meet you.
Reimbursement/Time: You will be compensated $15, the study will last 30-45 minutes.
Study End Date: Revised June 21, 2017. Ends September 12, 2017.


Person Recognition
Researcher: Shanna Yeung, Dr. Sherryse Corrow, Dr. Jason Barton (PI)
Description: Participant will learn facts about different people from a computer screen and perform two tasks on the computer based on the previously learned information.
Eligibility: 18-35 years of age, do not have any known trouble with faces or voices, do not have and never had any visual impairment conditions (corrected 20/20 is okay), do not have and never had any neurological conditions such as strokes, significant head trauma, or impaired memory, must have +10 years of exposure to Caucasian faces, no diagnosis of autism.
Location: The Human Vision and Eye Movement lab is located at 2550 Willow Street, easily accessible by Canada Line or buses along Broadway. More specific location information will be provided after you contact the researcher
Contact Information: Please contact shannayeung@gmail.com with phone number and email address.
Reimbursement/Time: the study will take 30min-1hr. You will be compensated for your participation with $10.
Study End Date: Updated June 21, 2017. Ends August 2017.


Identity Matters: A possible selves intervention for emerging adults
Researcher: The grad student(Zarina Giannone, MA, PhD Student and Megumi Iyar, BA, MA student) and the primary investigator David Kealy, PhD; Assistant Professor.
Description: The purpose of this study is to examine short-term group programs that focus on future possibilities among young adults. We want to know whether participating in these groups will enhance wellbeing. Therefore, we are inviting adults aged 18 – 25 to take part in these groups and in the research study.
Eligibility: If you are between the ages of 18 and 25; If you have a phone number where we can reach you; If you are able to travel to UBC (Point Grey Campus); If you have written and verbal proficiency in English
Contact Information: Please contact our research team at: planning.ahead1@gmail.com
Reimbursement/Time:  1. Pre-group assessment questionnaires; estimated time of 1 hour; $25 payment   2. Random allocation to one of two types of groups   3. Participate in series of group sessions: once per week for 4 weeks; time of 2 hours per week   4. Post-group assessment questionnaires; estimated time of 1 hour; $50 payment   5. Participate in a follow-up assessment; estimated time of 1 hour; $25 payment
Study End Date: Posted June 14, 2017. No end date.


 The effects of age, noise exposure, and tinnitus/hyperacusis on auditory processing
Researcher: Ainsley Ma, Charlene Chang, Dr. Navid Shahnaz
Description: This research seeks to improve the accuracy of diagnostic norms for elderly individuals or individuals with a history of noise exposure. Participants will undergo a variety of audiological tests that involve pressing buttons in response to sounds, giving verbal responses to prompts, and having a probe in their ears.
Eligibility: Adults aged 18-80 who have difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, have tinnitus and/or hyperacusis (oversensitivity to sound), but with otherwise normal hearing.
Location: Middle Ear Lab (Room B28) located in the basement of the Woodward IRC building on UBC campus
Contact Information: Please email the Middle Ear Lab at mel@audiospeech.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive a $10 honorarium for 1.5-2 hours of their time as well as learn more about their hearing.
Study End Date: Posted June 14, 2017. No end date.


Paired practice of a balance task
Researcher: April Karlinsky (PhD student), Brynn Alexander (research assistant), and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI)
Description: Participants will practice balancing on a wobbly platform (raised approx. 1.5 feet from the ground), while trying to learn to keep the platform as steady as possible.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this study, you must meet all of the following requirements: 1) female, 2) 18-40 years old, 3) normal or corrected vision, 4) no known neurological disorders, 5) no injuries to the lower limbs, back, or any known disorders that might affect your balance, 6) not a competitive athlete, 7) not a trained gymnast or acrobat, 8) no experience using balance training devices (e.g., “Bongo Board,” “wobble board,” slackline, tight rope, etc. – if in doubt, please check with Brynn), 9) no previous participation in a similar study (involving a wobbly platform) conducted by the School of Kinesiology’s Motor Skills Lab (if in doubt, please check with Brynn).
Location: Room 300 in the War Memorial Gym (6081 University Blvd)
Contact Information: Please contact Brynn at ubc.motor.skills.laboratory@gmail.com. Please include “ATTN: Balance” in the subject line of your email.
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take place across 2 days in a row. Day 1 will take 1h-1h30min and Day 2 will take 20-30min (total time: ~1.5-2 hours). Participants will be paid $10.50/hour.
Study End Date: Posted June 14, 2017. Ends August 31, 2017.


Visual Language Study
Researcher: Dr. Bryan Gick (PI), Dr. Murray Schellenberg, Megan Keough, and Charlene Chang
Description: This study is about visual language perception. Participants will watch videos of a speaker and identify the sounds the person on the video is saying. Participants will also be recorded reading various words. You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire about your language background and hearing history.
Eligibility: Individuals who are diagnosed with hearing loss from birth or early childhood, and communicate primarily in spoken English.
Location: Interdisciplinary Speech Research Lab, Room 4 of Stores Road Annex (6368 Stores Road, between Main Mall and West Mall).
Contact Information: Please contact Charlene at charlene.chang@alumni.ubc.ca.
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Participants will be compensated $10.
Study End Date: Posted May 20, 2017. No end date.


EYES-study
Researcher: Dr. Lori Brotto and Dr. Julia Velten
Description: We are investigating how women with and without sexual concerns respond to erotic pictures and videos. Women will take part in a phone interview, one in-laboratory testing session at our clinic and will complete questionnaires.
Eligibility: Pre-menopausal woman over the age of 19, experiencing low sexual desire or genital pain with sexual activity, normal or corrected-to-normal vision, not have any eye diseases, not pregnant or breastfeeding, identify as heterosexual, not experiencing a major mental disorder that might interfere with sexual response or the study procedures, not taking any medication that might interfere with sexual response (e.g., antidepressants, hormonal contraceptives), able to read, write, and speak English
Location:2775 Laurel Street (Diamond Health Care Centre near VGH)
Contact Information:yvonne.erskine@vch.ca
Reimbursement/Time: $ 20, 1.75 hours
Study End Date: Revised May 11, 2017. No end date.


Mind Wandering and Clinical Implications
Researcher: Jennifer Yip, M.A., and Dr. Todd Handy
Description: The objective of this study is to investigate brain responses and mind wandering while making judgments about pictures. We will ask you to complete a set of questionnaires, and complete the simple button-press computer task while wearing an electroencephalography cap.
Eligibility: 18 years old or above, no history of or current neurological condition, normal or corrected-to-normal vision, fluent in English
Location: Room 3407, Douglas Kenny Building (2136 West Mall V6T 1z4)
Contact Information:neuroimage@psych.ubc.ca with subject line Faces Study
Reimbursement/Time: $10/hr; study will take 2 hours
Study End Date: Posted March 20, 2017. No end date.


“Away We Grow” Toddler Development Study
Researcher: Dr. Yvonne Lamers and Dr. Tim Oberlander
Description: Nutrition researchers at the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital recently launched “Away We Grow! Toddler Development Study” to learn more about the nutrition needs of young children. This study looks at three specific nutrients: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), lutein, and choline. Important to a young child’s development, these nutrients are found in few foods. Choline is present in cow’s milk, DHA is primarily in fish, and lutein is in dark green and red vegetables. Babies and toddlers who are breastfeeding can get some amount of these nutrients through human milk. The research team will be following three groups of toddlers from 18-24 months of age. One group will drink cows’ milk in controlled amounts, one group will continue with their usual drinks, and one group will consume either a standard or modified toddler drink, called Growing Up Milk (GUM). This six month study involves:  • 3-4 visits at BC Children’s Hospital  • Collecting information on your child’s growth, development, and diet  • Collecting a small blood sample from your child at the first and last study visit
Eligibility: You may be eligible to participate if:  • You are the parent of a child nearing 18 months old  • Your child is in good health and was born full-term (at least 37 weeks gestation)
Location:BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Contact Information: If you want more information, have a question or are interested on participating, please email us at nutrition.research@ubc.ca, or give us a call: 604-875-2345 ext. 4896
Reimbursement/Time: Gift cards are provided at the end of study visits in recognition of the time and help provided. All visits are around 1.5-2h long.
Study End Date: Posted March 14, 2017. No end date.


Determining Dietary Phenylalanine Requirements during Different Stages of Gestation in Healthy Pregnant Women
Researcher: Madeleine Ennis and Dr. Rajavel Elango
Description: Participants will attend a 1 hour preliminary assessment where they will be asked some questions about their diet and medical history. Following this, they can participate in 1-4 (their choice) study days which are eight hours long. During this time, they will be fed a controlled diet, and we will take breath, urine, and one blood sample. For most of the day, they can hangout at the study location and watch TV, get work done, or just relax.
Eligibility: Healthy Pregnant women between the ages of 20 and 40, who are pregnant with a single child.
Location:BC Children’s Hospital
Contact Information:mennis@bcchr.ca
Reimbursement/Time: 100$ per 8 hour study day, plus parking or bus fare.
Study End Date: Posted March 14, 2017. Ends September 2017.


Exposure History Impact on Identification of Faces and Objects
Researcher: Fakhri Shafai (Phd student) and Dr. Ipek Oruc (PI)
Description: We are interested in how people identify faces and objects in relation to childhood exposure. Participants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to describe background exposure to various faces and objects. Participants will use a keyboard in order to respond to face or object stimuli on a computer screen.
Eligibility: You must be between the ages 18 and 50. You must have normal, or corrected to normal (glasses/contacts) vision.
Location: Our lab is located in the ICORD Centre of Vancouver General Hospital (818 West 10th Ave).
Contact Information: Please contact seyed.mousavi@alumni.ubc.ca to schedule a time to participate.
Reimbursement/Time: This study takes roughly 3 hours to complete, with 3 one-hour sessions conducted on different days, and pays $10/hour (approximately $30 total).
Study End Date: Renewed Nov 4, 2016. No end date.


You Had Mail
Researcher: Co-investigator: Caitlin Kopperson (Counselling Psychology MA student) and Principal Investigator: Dr. Rhea Owens (Assistant Professor, ECPS)
Description: The study examines self-reflection, email communication, and psychological health. Participation will involve answering some questionnaires about how you are feeling and reflecting on a memory of a past relationship experience.
Eligibility: Individuals age 18 or older, self-identifying as frequent email users
Location:Neville Scarfe Building Library Block, UBC Vancouver Campus
Contact Information: Caitlin Kopperson, caitlin.kopperson@alumni.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: $10.00 Starbucks gift card will be provided to each participant. The study involves approximately 1 hour in a lab session and 1/2 hour follow-up survey sent via email two weeks after the lab session.
Study End Date: Posted Oct 31, 2016. No end date.


NEW TROXLER EEG EXPERIMENTS
Researcher: Nick Bedo, Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence Ward
Description: The specific experiment explores how people process visual stimuli. The experiment involves responding to visual stimuli presented on the computer screen. Our experiments require making recordings of brain activity during these tasks using EEG, which involves several sensors placed on your scalp and a couple on each temple, ears, and one above and below the right eye.
Eligibility: Fluent in English. Must be 18-35 years old. No visual disorders, but glasses and contacts are fine. Don’t remember if you participated in the study before? Email us for more info!
Location: The experiment will be conducted in the Laboratory of Psychophysics and Cognitive Neuroscience (Kenny Building, Room 3014)
Contact Information: Email Tricia Sernande at wardlab@psych.ubc.ca to organize a time to participate.
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive $10.00 for each hour of participation. The study will approximately take 4 hours to complete.
Study End Date: Posted Oct 31, 2016. No end date.


Facebook Study
Researcher: Ashley Whillans, Frances Chen
Description: You will be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires about Facebook.
Eligibility: All psych majors, although we are particularly interested in first year students!
Location: This study will take place in Room 3318 Kenny Building.
Contact Information: Please contact socialhealthlab@psych.ubc.ca with the subject line “Facebook Study” to participate.
Reimbursement/Time: The study is 30 minutes long and you will receive $5.00.
Study end date: Posted Oct 27, 2016. No end date.


A study on the role of narratives in developing information systems design diagrams
Researcher: Xueqi Xu, Veda Storey and Carson Woo Study facilitator: Katie Chang (cc’d)
Description: In this study, subjects will be randomly assigned to one of three groups (Groups A, B or C), and then asked to read a two-page business case of an auto-dealership and some additional materials. Group A will be given one page of narratives related to the case. Group B will be given one page of user stories related to the case. Group C will be given both.
Eligibility: Students who are taking or have taken CPSC 304, and/or have sufficient knowledge with UML Class and Sequence Diagram
Location: UBC Sauder building, MIS Lab (HA 041)
Contact Information: Katie Chang katiechang09@gmail.com
Reimbursement/Time: $40, two hours
Study End Date: Posted Oct 21, 2016. No end date.


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Study Title: A unique title used to identify your study
Researcher: The grad student(s) and the primary investigator
Description: A few sentences or a short paragraph about what participants will do. You can use the Human Subjects Pool style as a guide.
Eligibility: Any restrictions, such as if you only want students, psych majors, a certain age, etc.
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