Paid Participants Studies List

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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: Feb 8, 2017.


Eye Tracking Baseball Pitches in Virtual Reality
Researcher: Dr. Dinesh Pai
Description: This study will investigate how eye movements are related to our ability to perceive motion in virtual reality. You will be asked to wear an Oculus Rift (a head mounted display). In the virtual environment you will be the batter in a baseball game and will view pitches that are thrown towards you. You will be asked to make judgments about the pitches.
Eligibility: You must be between 19 and 45 years of age, with normal or corrected-to-normal visual acuity (contact lenses are OK, but no glasses), and no history of neurological, psychiatric or eye disease (such as amblyopia, “lazy eye”).
Location: ICICS, 2366 Main Mall, Rm x725
Contact Information: Contact Robbie Rolin by email: rolin@cs.ubc.ca; please mention “VR Experiment” in the subject line.
Reimbursement/Time: The remuneration is $10 and the study takes about half an hour.
Study End Date: Posted Feb 8, 2017. Ends March 15, 2017.


Perceptual and decision making processes
Researcher: Trainees: Mariya Cherkasova (postdoc), A. Jon Stoessl (PI)
Description: The study involves 1) a brief clinical interview to verify eligibility; 1) playing games on the computer for money bonuses, while your eye position is monitored with an eye tracker (a camera non-invasively recording your eye); 2) completing some questionnaires.
Eligibility: The study is open to healthy participants, age 18-50, fluent in English, with normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing. Exclusion criteria are: ongoing psychiatric disorders (including substance abuse) and psychotropic medications for such disorders, as well as a history of neurological disorder, psychiatric hospitalization, or a first degree family history of schizophrenia or psychosis. If you have already participated in the study with the same title by the same researchers, you cannot participate again. If you have corrected vision, it is preferable to wear contact lenses for the testing.
Location: The study is conducted at Human Vision and Eye Movement lab at the Eye Care Centre (2550 Willow St., rm.360A near VGH). Scheduling arrangements can be made with the researcher.
Contact Information: Mariya Cherkasova, cherkaso@mail.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: The study takes 1.5 hours to complete. Your compensation will be the amount you collect in money bonuses from the tasks: up to ~$70, the average of ~$50.
Study End Date: Posted Feb 8, 2017. Ends Jan 2018.


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.


KINARM STUDY
Researchers: Dr. Nicola Hodges, Department of Kinesiology
Description: You will be asked to come to UBC Hospital to take part in a study looking at motor learning. Participants will use a kinarm apparatus to learn a skilled reaching task
Eligibility: -NO previous participation in KINARM studies (experience with mirror box or darts is okay)  -18-50 years old  -normal/corrected vision (i.e. Bring your glasses)  -no injury to right arm or neurological disorders
Location: UBC Hospital, Brain Behaviour Lab
Contact Information: ubcmotorskillskinarm@gmail.com with subject line ATTN: JOSH
Reimbursement/Time: $11 an hour, for about 1.5 hours over 2 days, CASH REIMBURSEMENT ONLY, not eligible for HSP Credit.
Study End Date: Posted Feb 1, 2017. No end date.


EGGs & EEGs: Neuralsubstrates 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: Posted Jan 24, 2017. Ends April 2017.


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.


 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 cannot participate in this study more than once. 4) You must not sign up for this experiment if done Visual Displays 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, or 9 before 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 (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 Jan 24, 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: Posted Jan 10, 2017. Ends September 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: Posted Jan 5, 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, 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, not a male-to-female transgender woman
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: Posted Nov 20, 2016. No end date.


Career interest and aptitude
Researcher: Katharina Block and Toni Schmader
Description: In this study we will assess your interest and opinions about careers.
Eligibility: UBC Students under age 25.
Location: 3328 Douglas Kenny Building
Contact Information: Please send an email to kblock.studies@gmail.com with the following
first name:
age:
gender:
faculty:
availability in the next 10 days:
We will get back to you with available timeslots.
Reimbursement/Time: 1 hours, $10 dollar reimbursement
Study End Date: Posted Nov 13, 2016. Ends March 31st, 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.


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.


Paired practice of keystroke patterns
Researcher: 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 April).
Location: Room 4612 in the D. H. Copp Building (2146 Health Sciences Mall)
Contact Information: Please contact April 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-1h45min and Day 2 will take 20-30min (total time: ~2 hours). Participants will be paid $10/hour.
Study End Date: Posted Sept 27, 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.


LEFT-HANDED MALE DARTS STUDY
Researchers: Dr. Nicola Hodges, Department of Kinesiology
Description: You will be asked to come to War Memorial Gym to take part in a study looking at motor learning. Participants will throw darts at a dart board and will also be asked to view video clips of dart throws, and make decisions about the landing position of the dart, while engaging in various secondary tasks.
Eligibility:  – NO experience (or very minimal – a couple of times) playing darts  –NO previous participation in darts studies at UBC  -MALE participants only  -LEFT hand dominant for throwing  -good understanding of English  -18-50 years old  -normal vision (or wear corrective lenses)
Location: War Memorial Gym
Contact Information: ubcmotorskills@gmail.com with ATTN: Josh
Reimbursement/Time: $10.50 an hour, for about 1.5 hours.
Study End Date: Posted August 10, 2016. No end date.


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.


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 participate in this study more than once. 6) You must also bring a physical photo ID (ie. student ID, driver’s license, passport) ***For other general guidelines and policies, please visit 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 www.reservax.com/ubcviscog/member_exp_signup.php?id=33&page=2
Reimbursement/Time: Receive $10 for 1hr of participation OR $5 for 30min of participation.
Study End Date: Posted Feb 25, 2016. No end date.


Mechanism of sex based differences in muscle metaboreflex control
Researcher: Dr. William Sheel (Principal Investigator), Paolo Dominelli, Yannick Molgat-Seon
Description: We are interested in determining how sex specific hormones play a role in sex differences in the cardiovascular response to exercise, specifically because estrogen has been shown to have a protective effect against high blood pressure. We will use a handgrip exercise and blood flow occlusion to elicit the metaboreflex. Measures of the response will include heart rate and blood pressure. The test procedure involves performing a two-minute handgrip exercise in a fixed position, performed at 30% of your maximal ability to perform a voluntary contraction. Following this exercise, a blood pressure cuff will be inflated to temporarily restrict blood flow to the forearm. All measures and procedures are non-invasive.
Eligibility: We are looking for subjects for two different study groups: Experimental: Healthy women currently using:
 1) Oral contraceptives (i.e combined ethinyl estradiol and progestin) 2) 
Nuva Ring etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol slow release vaginal ring
Location: Osborne Unit 2 (UBC Campus) – 6108 Thunderbird Boulevard V6T 1Z3
Contact Information: Hanna Parmar (hanna@alumni.ubc.ca), Jasmin Sears (jasmin.sears1@gmail.com)
Reimbursement/Time: One preliminary day and two testing days that will take approximately one hour each. Subjects will be compensated $10/testing session.
Study End Date: Posted Jan 25, 2016. Revised Mar 3, 2016. 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 or paper version at UBC or by mail
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 40 minutes and you will receive
a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks. 
Study End Date: Posted Feb 17, 2016. No end date.


Study on Exercise and Brain Health
Researcher: Melissa Woodward (PhD Student), David Kim (MSc Student), Dr. Donna Lang (Principal Investigator)
Description: Researchers from the University of British Columbia and Centre for Complex Disorders are interested in measuring the effects of exercise on brain health and function. We are seeking volunteers who would like to participate in a 12-week exercise program. You will receive a full health and fitness assessment before and after the completion of the exercise program. Certified fitness instructors will individually tailor the exercise program to your fitness level. To measure brain function, you will have an opportunity to take part in a number of assessments of your memory and reaction speed.
Eligibility: We are looking for healthy volunteers with a maximum high school education or equivalent. If you are between the ages of 19 and 45 and are physically able to participate in modest to moderate exercise, we invite you to join our study.
Location: UBC Campus, Detwiller Pavilion of UBC Hospital
Contact Information: If you are interested in participating, please contact us for further details at 604-875-2000 x4731, or via email: brain.imaging@ubc.ca.
Reimbursement/Time: Please contact us for more information regarding the reimbursement and time commitment for this study.
Study End Date: Posted Oct 6, 2015. Revised Feb 10, 2016. No end date.


Potential Sex Differences in Cognition
Researcher: Haolu Zhang (grad student), PI: Adele Diamond
Description: Participation involves 3 short-visit at our lab: an (1) information session lasting about 15 minutes, and two (2) testing sessions lasting about 2-hour each. Each testing session involves 5 short cognitive tasks (4 ten-minute computer games and a reasoning task), saliva samples, heart rate/blood-pressure measurements, and pre- and post-activity questionnaires.
Eligibility: Healthy non-East-Asian men and women between the ages of 20-35, with no serious health problems likely to affect cognition, no diagnosed learning disability or mental health disorder, and not on any medication that might affect cognition, non-smoker, none on any hormone-releasing contraceptives or pregnant.
Location: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (Basement of Detwiller Building) Room G881, Dept. of Psychiatry, UBC, 2255 Wesbrook Mall.
Contact Information: Email or call Haolu, haolu.zhang@ubc.ca or at 604.822.7404
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be paid $5 for completing the 1st (information) visit, $20 for completing the 1st testing session, and $30 for completing the 2nd testing session [total of $50]. The info session lasts less than 15minutes and the testing sessions last about 2-hour each and are scheduled 4 weeks apart.
Study End Date: Revised Feb. 10, 2016. No end date.


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