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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: May 25, 2017.


Vision and eye movements in baseball players and healthy controls
Researcher: Dr. Miriam Spering (PI)
Description: This study is about eye and hand movements. Eye movements are important because they help us see things better, and to move our hands more accurately. In this study, we will investigate the relation between eye and hand movements. Your participation may help us to learn more about the way we see the world, and the accuracy and constraints of our visual-motor system. If you choose to participate, you will look at moving visual stimuli on a computer screen, be asked to track them with your eyes, and to hit them with your finger, while we record eye and hand position.
Eligibility: You must be male, and between 19 and 25 years of age, with normal or corrected-to-normal visual acuity (contact lenses are OK, but we cannot test subjects with eye glasses), and no history of neurological, psychiatric, or eye disease (this includes conditions such as “lazy eye”). Because this is a control experiment, we can only test you if you do not play ball sports or interceptive sports such as baseball, softball, tennis, table tennis, squash, basketball, soccer, frisbee, hockey, etc. on a regular basis. If you are in doubt whether you qualify, please contact us.
Location: UBC campus, ICICS building (entrance on Agronomy Rd.), Rm X725
Contact Information: Rose Shannon by email (exp.nova.lab@gmail.com)
Reimbursement/Time: remuneration is $10 / session; duration will be one session of 60 minute duration maximum.
Study End Date: Posted May 25, 2017. Ends July 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.


Person Recognition
Researcher: Sarah Fransson (Researcher student), 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 sarfr453@student.liu.se 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: Posted May 11, 2017. Ends July 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.
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 receive $60-$100 (compensation varies depending on study).
Study End Date: Renewed May 1, 2017. No end date.


EGGs & EEGs: Neural substrates of a Food Recall Study
Researcher: Sumeet Mutti (grad student), and Todd Handy (PI)
Description: The objective of this study is to investigate cortical responses while remembering episodic food experiences. We will be using electroencephalography (EEG) to study the activation of the brain in response to various food items. Participants will perform simple button press task on a computer while wearing an electrode cap.
Eligibility: We are looking for adults age 18+. Participants must have normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and be able to understand English instructions. They must have no history of reading or language disorders.
Location: Douglas Kenny Building (2136 West Mall V6T 1z4)
Contact Information: Please contact Kallie Hu at neuroimage@psych.ubc.ca, Subject line: Food Study
Reimbursement/Time: $10 per hour. The experiment will take 2 hours.
Study End Date: Renewed April 28, 2017. Ends June 2017.


Sensorimotor Influences on Speech Perception and Production in Adults
Researcher: Dr. Valter Ciocca (PI), Dr. Alison Bruderer, Cassie Tam (RA)
Description: Speech is a multisensory process. Your participation in our research will help us determine how the speech production and speech perception systems work together as adults produce and process speech. You will listen to and produce words, and we will collect your responses based on what you hear and say. From your responses, we will be able to understand how adults integrate information across their sensory and articulatory systems in speech-related tasks. In one experimental session, we are investigating speech perception. In another experimental session, we will investigate speech production.
Eligibility: Native speakers of English, aged 19-40 (required to bring in physical photo ID), no hearing impairments
Location: Friedman building, Room 412 (2177 Wesbrook Mall)
Contact Information: Cassie Tam (cassietam@alumni.ubc.ca)
Reimbursement/Time: This is a two-part study. The second session will take place around a week after the first. Each session takes around an hour. Upon completion of the first session, you will receive $10. After the second session, you will receive $20.
Study End Date: Posted Apr 22, 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 adults 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: Posted Apr 22, 2017. No end date.


Influence of Genetics on Emotional Attention
Researcher: Dr. Rebecca Todd (PI), Kevin Roberts (Co-investigator), Joey Manaligod
Description: Prior to coming in to participate in our study, participants will need to complete an online questionnaire to ensure eligibility. The questionnaire will be sent to you once you sign up for a time slot. Please complete it as soon as possible once you receive it. Participants deemed eligible will view flickering images on a computer screen and respond to stimulus changes while we record brain activity with an electroencephalogram (EEG) system. Because the EEG system records electrical activity at the surface at the scalp, it is important that participant’s hair is clean and dry. We will apply a small amount of gel at electrode sites. We will also collect a small amount of spit from each participant for genetic testing.
Eligibility: Caucasian (European descent) only. Between the ages of 18-35. Have normal or corrected-to-normal vision. No history of depression, anxiety, learning disability, epilepsy, or psychotic disorder requiring hospitalization. No history of head injury, severe concussion, or brain surgery.
Location: Kenny Building Rm 2215 (2136 West Mall)
Contact Information: Please contact Joey via email at mclab@psych.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: We schedule for 2 hours but the task will take around 1.5 hours. Participants will be paid $20 cash.
Study End Date:  Updated April 12, 2017. No end date.


Participate in a UBC Study on Emotional Wellbeing
Researcher: Katie McCloskey (grad student) and PI David Kealy
Description: Researchers are interested in investigating how personality contributes to emotional wellbeing. Participants will be asked to do a 10 minute phone interview to assess eligibility. If eligible and interested in continuing with the study, participants will complete questionnaires at our UBC lab which will take about 1.5-2 hours.
Eligibility: Participants must be 18 years of age or older, have a phone number where we can reach you, be able to travel to the UBC Point Grey Campus and have verbal and written proficiency in English.
Location: Our lab is located in the David Strangway Building located at 5950 University Boulevard on the UBC Point Grey Campus.
Contact Information: Interested participants can reach us at psychotherapy.research@ubc.ca or 604-827-4105.
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive $30 for their participation. The entire process will take about 1.5-2 hours to complete.
Study End Date: Updated March 29, 2017. Ends September 2017.


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: Posted March 21, 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.


Visual Displays 3
Researcher: Spencer Williams (Project Leader), Dr. Ronald Rensink (Primary Investigator)
Description: This experiment investigates your visual sensitivity to differences in graphical displays. You will be asked to discriminate between similar looking stripplots.
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 must have normal colour vision. 4) You cannot participate in this study more than once. 5) You must not sign up for this experiment if done Visual Displays 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, or 9 before 6) 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 (2136 West Mall), Room 3210; 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: Recieve $15 for 1.5hr of participation.
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.


Advancing the Understanding of Android Unlocking and Usage
Researcher: Primary Investigator: Dr. Konstantin Beznosov Co-Investigator: Lina Qiu, Master Student; Ildar Muslukhov, PhD Student
Description: Our study aims to learn Android users’ usage behaviour in situ. Participant will need to download and install our Android app, Usage Study (UBC) from Google Play Store, and run the app on their device for 60 days. More details can be found at https://blogs.ubc.ca/androidusageubc/.
Eligibility: To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements: (1) you reside in US or Canada, (2) you are 19 years or older, (3) you are currently using an Android smartphone, and (4) you are able to install an app on your phone.
Location: Our study does not involve in-person surveys.
Contact Information: Lina Qiu (lqiu@ece.ubc.ca)
Reimbursement/Time: The study will last for 60 days, and you will be entered into a raffle of one iPad Pro (9.7-inch, WiFi, 256GB) once you complete the study.*
Study End Date: Posted Feb 1, 2017. No end date.

* Please note this study enters participants in a lottery to win a prize – not all participants will be remunerated.


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 and 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 Jan 24, 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 Jan 24, 2017. No end date.


Down the Highway
Researcher: Jake Johnson (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 Jan 24, 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 $15 for 90 minutes of participation
Study End Date: Posted Jan 24, 2017. No end date.


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.


Multi-Modal Person Recognition
Researcher: Heidi Schaefer (BSc), Sherryse Corrow (PhD)
Description: Participants will perform a computerized task where they will first be familiarized with a series of person identities through face, voice, name, and other semantic information. They will then complete a series of familiarity tasks for each modality, and a series of matching tasks across modalities.
Eligibility: Must have no history of brain damage, no known impairments of facial recognition, and must have at least 10 years exposure to Caucasian faces. Ages 15+ are eligible.
Location: Vancouver General Hospital (2550 Willow St, Eye Care Centre)
Contact Information: Heidi Schaefer (heidi.schaefer@alumni.ubc.ca)
Reimbursement/Time: The study should take no longer than one hour, and participants will be compensated $10/hour.
Study End Date: Posted Nov 2, 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.


Robotic Stroke Rehabilitation Research Study
Researcher: Mike Van der Loos (PI), Bulmaro Valdes
Description: We are investigating the reaching movements of people that had a stroke, and we are providing feedback to correct these movements. In the study the participants hold two robotic devices in their hands (if they are not able to grasp them, we will provide them with an adjustable strap that will hold the robotic devices in place). While holding the devices they will perform a series of reaching movements with both arms to play a simple video game on a computer screen.
Eligibility: Weakness on one side of the body as a result of a stroke. Able to sit on a chair without arm rests, for 1 hour. Ability to understand/follow directions and answer questions in English.
Location: The Robotics for Rehabilitation Exercise and Assessment in Collaborative Health Care (RREACH) Laboratory. ICICS Building, Room 049 2366 Main Mall.
Contact Information: email: bulmaro.valdes@alumni.ubc.ca, phone: 778-628-7056. Here is a video of the study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Wo-6c3dqo
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be fully reimbursed for their round trip transportation expenses (taxi, HandyDart, bus, or gas/parking). In addition, they will receive $30 CAD. This study is a single session that takes 3 hours.
Study End Date: Posted Oct 27, 2016. Ends July 2017.


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.


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 and 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 Oct 1, 2016. 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 Oct 1, 2016. No end date.


Down the Highway
Researcher: Jake Johnson (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 Oct 1, 2016. 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 $15 for 90 minutes of participation
Study End Date: Posted Oct 1, 2016. No end date.


Face Perception
Researcher: Shanna Yeung (Research student), Dr. Sherryse Corrow, Dr. Jason Barton (PI)
Description: Participants will memorize faces on a computer screen and respond with the keyboard.
Eligibility: 20-40 years of age, must be able to clearly see images of faces quickly shown on a computer screen (wear glasses/contacts is allowed), do not have and never had any visual impairment conditions do not have and never had any neurological conditions such as strokes, significant head trauma, or impaired memory. Preferred: lived in North America for at least 10 years.
Location: The Human Vision and Eye Movement lab is located at 2550 Willow Street, easily accessible by Canadaline or buses along Broadway. More specific location information will be provided after you contact the researcher.
Contact Information: Please contact shannayeung@alumni.ubc.ca with your age, gender, and availability in the upcoming 2 weeks
Reimbursement/Time: This study is 30 min long. Compensation will be $5.
Study End Date: Posted August 30, 2016. Ends June 2017.


Problem Gambling
Researcher: Dr. Luke Clark and Dawn Kennedy (Research Assistant)
Description: The study contains a single 2 hour test session at the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC (Audain Arts building, on West Mall / University Blvd) and two subsequent telephone interviews (each 15 minutes) at 6 and 12 months after the initial session. Prior to the test session, we will arrange a telephone call to ask some questions about your general health, mental health and gambling behavior to confirm your suitability. During the test session, you will privately complete questionnaires regarding your personality and gambling, before being asked to complete some computerized tasks. The tasks involve choosing between two probability scenarios. Additionally, we will record your heart rate using an electrocardiogram, which consists of applying three adhesive patches to the skin which are connected by wires to a belt
Eligibility: · Be between the ages of 19 and 65 years old. · Be able to read, write and speak fluent English · Be experiencing problems associated with gambling · Not have history of/current neurological illness, head injury or psychiatric hospitalization · Not have started (or changed) any medication or medication dose in the past 6 weeks
Location: Audain Arts building, on West Mall / University Blvd
Contact Information: Dawn Kennedy, dawnkennedy@psych.ubc.ca, 604-827-0619
Reimbursement/Time: In appreciation for your time commitment, you will be given gift cards loaded with $30 dollars for approximately 2.5 hours of participation in addition to any money you win on the tasks (Up to $20.00). We will also reimburse any transit and parking expenses accrued.
Study End Date: Posted August 8, 2016. No end date.


Artificial Language Learning study – English Monolinguals
Researchers: Dr. Irene de la Cruz Pavía, Dr. Janet Werker (PI)
Description: The study aims to examine how we learn a new language. Participation entails listening to an artificial language for 9 minutes and answering a series of questions on the computer, and filling a linguistic questionnaire. The questionnaire contains questions about your basic demographics (e.g. age, gender), the languages you know and how you learned them.
Eligibility: Participants should be 35 years of age or under and have normal hearing and not have participated in the study called: Audiovisual Artificial Language Learning. Participants should have spoken only English (monolinguals) since birth and not be fluent in any other language.
Location: Audain Art Centre, 4 floor, Room 4038C, 6398 University Boulevard, V6T 1Z4.
Contact information: Please contact us at speechperception@psych.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: It will take no more than 50 minutes and you’ll receive $8.
Study End Date: Posted July 11, 2016. Ends May 31, 2017.


Artificial Language Learning study – Bilinguals
Researchers: Dr. Irene de la Cruz Pavía, Dr. Janet Werker (PI)
Description: The study aims to examine how we learn a new language. Participation entails listening to an artificial language for 9 minutes and answering a series of questions on the computer, and filling a linguistic questionnaire. The questionnaire contains questions about your basic demographics (e.g. age, gender), the languages you know and how you learned them.
Eligibility: Participants should be 35 years of age or under and have normal hearing and not have participated in the study called: Audiovisual Artificial Language Learning. Participants should have learned from birth at home and be fluent in Azerbaijani, Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Gujrati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, or Urdu.
Location: Audain Art Centre, 4 floor, Room 4038C, 6398 University Boulevard, V6T 1Z4.
Contact information: Please contact us at speechperception@psych.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: It will take 45 to 60 minutes and you’ll receive $8-$10 ($10 per hour).
Study End Date: Posted July 11, 2016. Ends May 31, 2017.


Is SOCIAL ANXIETY a concern for you? Participate in UBC study! – Self and Social Perception – Part 2
Researcher: Bri Glazier (Graduate Student), Dr. Lynn Alden (PI)
Description: The Interpersonal Lab is looking for adults with social anxiety to participate in a study on UBC campus. If you are interested, we will conduct a brief 10-15 minute phone interview to assess your eligibility. If you are eligible, you will be invited into the lab for two sessions, scheduled one week apart. The First session will take 30 minutes and the second session will take 45 minutes, for a total of a 1.5 hour lab experience.
Eligibility: We are looking for individuals between the ages of 18-65 with: 1) High social anxiety AND 2) No depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, or current drug use.
Location: Kenny building, Room 1803; Interpersonal Lab
Contact Information: If you are interested, please contact us by phone (604-822-5047) or email (aldenlab@psych.ubc.ca), referencing Social Perception study, and leave us the following information: 1) Your name, 2) Phone number, and 3) Some times that we can contact you and speak to you on the phone for 10-15 minutes.
Reimbursement/Time: You will be compensated $30 for 1.5 hours of your time.
Study End Date: Posted June 15, 2016. No end date.


A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, crossover trial evaluating the effects of EstroSense(R)/MD vs. placebo on increasing urinary 2/16a ratio and improving estrogen profile in females
Researcher: Dr. Tim Green (PI) and Sarah Harvey (Research Manager)
Description: The goal of the study is to find out if a natural health product will improve estrogen levels in females. Participants will take a supplement for 3 months and a placebo for 3 months. They will be required to attend 4 UBC clinic visits to complete surveys, as well as provide urine and blood samples. Each visit takes approximately 45 minutes.
Eligibility: Must be a woman aged 20-50 years old.
Location: Western Clinical Nutrition Research Centre located at the University of British Columbia in the Food, Nutrition and Health Building (2205 East Mall, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z4), Room 160.
Contact Information: Email info.wcnrc@ubc.ca or phone 604 754 2245
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive an honorarium in recognition of their time. The study will take approximately 6 months, with participants required to attend four 45 minute study visits (a total of 3 hours).
Study End Date: Renewed June 9, 2016. No end date.


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