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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: Dec 11, 2017.


Mental Imagery EEG Study
Researcher: Elizabeth Blundon, Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence Ward
Description: This study will look at brain activity during mental imagery. The experiment involves responding to instructions played through headphones and/or displayed 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. No history of neurological disorders. 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 Yana 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 take about 3 hours to complete.
Study End Date: Posted Dec 11, 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 19-26 years old 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 Violet at 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 Dec 5, 2017. No end date.


Communication Skills and Parenting Study
Researcher: Charlotte Johnston (Principal Investigator), Joanne Park (Graduate Student), Kyle Dadgar and Emma Ward-Griffin (Research Assistants)
Description: The purpose of this study is to examine how various maternal characteristics, such as communication skills and executive functions influence how mothers think about their child. In this study, you will complete a communication task, several questionnaires, and three computer tasks, which will take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
Eligibility: Mothers of 6- to 10-year-old children and who are fluent in English. Please note, that only you (the mother), and not your child(ren) will be participating in the study.
Location: UBC Kenny Building, Room 1807
Contact Information: Please contact Kyle and Emma at cjlab@psych.ubc.ca. For more information about this study, please visit: http://parentinglab.psych.ubc.ca/research
Reimbursement/Time: Mothers who participate will be compensated with $40 and can earn a potential bonus amount depending on performance on one of the in-lab tasks. The study should take approximately 2 -2.5 hours to complete. Childcare can be provided onsite.
Study End Date: Posted Nov 20, 2017. No end date.


Deconstructing Whiteness: White experiences in Canadian Universities
Researcher: Elisabeth Dennis (MA Student); George Dei (PI)
Description: I am examining the experiences of White students at Canadian universities. The study will involve a one-hour interview about your experiences at the University of British Columbia.
Eligibility: To be eligible, you must(a) be a UBC Student (b) self-identify as White (c) be a Canadian citizen
Location: UBC Point Grey Campus
Contact Information: Please contact elisabeth.dennis@mail.utoronto.ca
Reimbursement/Time: The interview will take one hour. Participants will be compensated a $5 Starbucks gift card for their time.
Study End Date: Posted Nov 7, 2017. Ends January 31, 2018.


Exposure History Impact on Identification of Faces and Objects
Researcher: Morteza Mousavi(graduate student) and Dr. Ipek Oruc (PI)
Description: We are interested in the effect of exposure to different faces on face and age recognition. Participants will be involved in a face recognition task and an age recognition task. Also, if you are familiar wit North America celebrity faces you can participate in a second task as well.
Eligibility: You must be between the ages 18 and 45. 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 participate.
Reimbursement/Time: This study takes roughly 2 hours to complete and pays $10/hour.
Study End Date: Posted Nov 2, 2017. No end date.


Emotion coaching in mothers of daughters
Researcher: Karolina Rozworska (PhD student), Richard Young (PI), Dan Cox (co-PI)
Description: We are trying to understand how mothers think about and respond to their daughters’ emotions and how mothers’ well-being is related to these thoughts and behaviours.
Eligibility: To be eligible you must (A) be a mother of a daughter who is between 12 and 24 years of age and (B) live with your daughter or see her at least twice per week. In addition, (C) your daughter has not been treated for a mental health or substance use problem in the last 3 months.
Location: Online survey (paper version can be completed at UBC Point Grey Campus)
Contact Information: Karolina Rozworska k.rozworska@alumni.ubc.ca (please mention in the email that you are from the UBC list) or 604-518-9535
Reimbursement/Time: The survey takes 30 minutes and you will receive a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks.
Study End Date: Posted Nov 2, 2017. No end date.


Effective Masking Levels for Bone-Conduction Auditory Brainstem Response Stimuli in Infants and Adults
Researcher: Ricky Lau (grad student) and Susan Small (PI)
Description: This study will investigate the level of air-conducted (AC) noise required to mask out auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) to bone-conducted (BC) tonal stimuli in normal-hearing infants and adults. Throughout the study, participants will be sleeping, naturally. Brain responses will be measured by placing non-invasive sensors on the head. BC stimuli are presented by placing a bone vibrator on the temporal bone, behind the pinna. AC noise will be presented by placing earphones into both ear canals. A hearing screening will be provided to all participants to determine current hearing status.
Eligibility: Infants 12 months old or younger, or adults between 19 and 60 years old. Must have normal hearing in both ears.
Location: UBC Pediatric Audiology Lab (Friedman Building, 2177 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC)
Contact Information: Email Ricky at pal@audiospeech.ubc.ca or call the lab at 604-822-6325.
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be reimbursed for their participation. In addition, infant participants will receive a t-shirt/onesie. The study will take between 2-3 hours per session, depending on sleep duration.
Study End Date: Posted Oct 29, 2017. No end date.


Career interest and aptitude
Researcher: Dr. Toni Schmader & Katharina Block
Description: In this study we will assess your interests and aptitudes for different careers.
You will answer a self-report questionnaire & complete a reaction-time task, and then receive feedback on your results.
Eligibility: Participants under the age of 30 are eligible.
Location: UBC main Campus, Douglas Kenny Building, Room 3328
Contact Information: to participate please email the following info to kblock.studies@gmail.com  “Study: Career interest and aptitude; Name; Gender; Major; UBC student: Yes/No”
Reimbursement/Time: 50-60 minutes, $10
Study End Date: Posted Oct 17, 2017. Ends May 2018.


Visual perception of form in ASD
Researcher: Todd Kamensek (graduate student) and Dr. Ipek Oruc (PI)
Description: We are interested in how form vision in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compares to form vision in people without ASD. We need control participants to compare against our participants with ASD.
Eligibility: You must be between the ages 18 and 45. You must have normal, or corrected- to-normal (glasses/contacts) vision. You cannot have an immediate family member with ASD.
Location: Our lab is located in the ICORD Centre of Vancouver General Hospital (818 West 10th Ave).
Contact Information: Please contact todd.kamensek@alumni.ubc.ca to participate.
Reimbursement/Time: This study takes roughly 7-8 hours to complete (separated across days based on your availability) and pays $10/hour.
Study End Date: Posted Oct 6, 2017. No end date.


Online Social Behaviour across the Menstrual Cycle
Researcher: Dr. Christine Anderl and Dr. Frances Chen
Description: In this study, you will be invited to an initial 30-minute lab session where you will be introduced to the study. If you consent to participate, you will be asked to complete an initial questionnaire and install and set up a research application on your smartphone with the help of a research assistant. Your task for the study will be to complete a daily 1-minute questionnaire for 35 days. Throughout these 35 days, the application will also record information about how long and how often you use your phone and how long and how often you use several specific applications. Finally, you will be invited back to the lab (approximately 20 minutes) so that the research assistant can explain the study to you and answer any questions that you might have.
Eligibility: You must be female, own an Android phone, not be on any form of hormonal contraception, and not be pregnant in order to participate.
Location: UBC Kenny Building room 3318
Contact Information: Please go to https://ubcarts.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5AN49CUlURQGORD to see whether you are eligible to participate and to receive further information on how to sign up for the study. Please contact smartphonestudy@psych.ubc.ca with the subject line “OSBMC Study” to ask for more information.
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be compensated $20; participation in the study will take 1.5 to 2 hours of active involvement (20-30 min per lab session + 35 daily 1-minute surveys).
Study End Date: Posted Sept 25, 2017. No end date.


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 Sept 7, 2017. No end date.


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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.


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