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Current Studies

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many studies are moved to online platforms, please read the study locations carefully before you register.

We welcome both the general public and students, and please check the eligibility requirements for each study.

Last updated: 2022 May 17


Darts visual anticipation exp4 (In-person)

Researcher: Minghao Ma (RA), Dr. Matthew Scott and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI; School of Kinesiology, UBC)

Description: We are looking for right-handed male participants with no experience in darts to help us study how learning a motor skill can impact visual anticipation. Participants will throw darts at a dartboard and perform a video prediction test. Participants are required to come to the War Memorial Gym on two consecutive days (~2 hours per day).

Eligibility: In order to participate in this study, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • NO experience (or very minimal – a couple of times maximum) playing darts
  • NO previous participation in darts studies at UBC
  • MALE participants only
  • RIGHT hand dominant for throwing
  • Good understanding of English
  • 18-50 years old
  • Normal vision (or wear corrective lenses)
  • Must be available 2 days in a row (total 3-4 hours)
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Location: Room 300 in the War Memorial Gym (6081 University Blvd; http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=428).

Contact Information: Please contact the UBC Motor Skills Laboratory at kin.msl@ubc.ca. Please include “DARTS EXP4: Minghao” in the subject line of your email. Please also include a UBC email if applicable, phone number and your availability over the coming weeks.

Reimbursement/Time: The study will take 3-4 hours across two days to complete. Participants will be provided $15.65/hour honorarium.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted May 17, 2022


Visual-motor adaptation (In-person)

Researcher: Ryan Jin (RA), Carrie Peters, Dr. Matthew Scott and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI; School of Kinesiology, UBC)

Description: Participants needed for a UBC study to investigate learning in an artificially modified visual-motor environment. In this study we examine how people adapt their reaching movements when an error is experienced or observed. The study will take approximately 75-90 minutes.

Eligibility: In order to participate in this study you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Between ages 18 – 50 years old
  • Right-hand dominant for most skills
  • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • No existing injury to right hand
  • No known neurological disorder
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Location: Room 27 (basement level) in the War Memorial Gym (6081 University Blvd; http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=428).

Contact Information: Please contact the UBC Motor Skills Laboratory at kin.msl@ubc.ca. Please include “Motor Adaptation: Ryan” in the subject line of your email. Please include your UBC email (if applicable), a phone number, and your availability over the next 3-weeks.

Reimbursement/Time: The study will take approximately 75-90 minutes to complete. Participants will be provided $15.65/hour honorarium.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted May 6, 2022


Visual Anticipation Darts (In-person)

Researcher: Minghao Ma (RA), Dr. Matthew Scott and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI; School of Kinesiology, UBC)

Description: We are looking for left-handed participants with no experience in darts to help us study how learning a motor skill can impact visual anticipation. Participants will throw darts at a dartboard and perform a video prediction test.

Eligibility: In order to participate in this study you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • NO experience (or very minimal – a couple of times maximum) 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)
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Location: Room 300 in the War Memorial Gym (6081 University Blvd; http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=428).

Contact Information: Please contact the UBC Motor Skills Laboratory at kin.msl@ubc.ca. Please include “DARTS: Minghao” in the subject line of your email.

Reimbursement/Time: The study will take approximately 2 hours to complete. Participants will be provided $15.65/hour honorarium.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted May 5, 2022


Understanding the Experience of Waking Up in VR (Online)

Researcher: Michael Yin (grad student) and Robert Xiao (PI)Description: As virtual reality becomes more developed, we aim to design guidelines around the safe usage of such technologies. In particular, in this study, we look at the experience of sleeping and waking up in VR. In this one-hour interview study, we aim to understand the motivations for such practices, as well as its experiential effects. Ultimately, we aim to understand how the shift from unconsciousness to consciousness may change from being in a virtual environment, and whether virtuality can enhance such experiences.

Eligibility:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Have slept in VR before (preferably intentionally)

Location: Online over Zoom, or in-person

Contact Information: Email Michael at jiyin@cs.ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: $10 for approximately 1 hour

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted April 27, 2022


Perinatal Anxiety Screening Effectiveness Study (Online)

Researcher: Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, Cora Keeney
Description: One in five pregnant and postpartum people suffers from an anxiety or anxiety-related condition. Despite this, these difficulties are typically not screened for, and little is known about the impact of screening on mental health. The purpose of this study is to learn more about the impact of screening for [eonytal anxiety and anxiety related disorders on mental health outcomes.
Eligibility: If you live in British Columbia, are age 18 or older, are pregnant (28 weeks and beyond), or have a newborn under the age of 12 weeks, you are eligible to participate.
Location: Online.
Contact Information: par.lab@ubc.ca; cora.keeney@ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: Participation takes 45-75 minutes. Participants who complete the full study will receive a $25 e-transfer. Those who complete a portion of the study will receive $15.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted April 25, 2022


Allies in Health: Social-Cognitive Predictors of Everyday Health Behaviors in Older Dyads (Online)

Researcher: Dr. Christiane Hoppmann (PI), Tiana Broen, Yoonseok Choi

Description: The primary purpose is to consider how social support plays a role in the everyday life of older adults including the impact on their health behaviours and goals set together with a study partner like a spouse, a friend, an adult child, or another social tie. Participants will have two virtual Zoom sessions with research assistants, receive daily surveys for 10 days, and complete a blood draw at a local lab.

Eligibility: You can participate in this study if you or your study partner are aged 60 years or older.

Location: Online and at home

Contact Information: To participate, email allies@psych.ubc.ca or call at (604) 822-3549

Reimbursement/Time: Approximately 10 hours is required for this study (including 2 assessments, a blood draw at a lab, and daily life assessments). Each partner can choose to receive a gift card or receive a physical activity tracker. A personalized health feedback letter is provided to each participant. Please contact the lab for further details.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted April 15, 2022


Practice scheduling in pairs (In-person)

Researcher: Aneesha Mehta, Dr. Matthew Scott and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI)

Description: We will study how people practice and learn a golf putting task across two consecutive days (1 session/day for 2 consecutive days). Day 1 may be conducted alone or in pairs and will last approximately 1-1.5 hour. Day 2 will be conducted alone and will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Eligibility: To be eligible, participants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Adult (age 18-35)
  2. Right-hand dominant
  3. Normal vision or wear corrective lenses
  4. No injury to the right hand
  5. No known neurological disorders
  6. No or very little experience playing golf or golf putting
  7. Vaccinated against COVID-19

Location: 6081 University Boulevard (War Memorial Gym in Room 300. (http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=428)

Contact Information: Please contact Aneesha at kin.msl@ubc.ca Note: Please include “ATTN: ANEESHA GOLF” in the subject line of your email. Also please provide your phone number and ubc email if possible.

Reimbursement/Time: This study will take place across two consecutive days. The session on Day 1 will take 1-1.5 hours and the second session on Day 2 will take 30-45 minutes. Participants will be reimbursed $15.20/per hour.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted Apr 7, 2022


Interaction with a Virtual Assistant in a Spherical 3D Display (In-person)

Researcher: Annalena Streichert, Dr. Sidney Fels (PI)

Description: The purpose of this study is to investigate how users perceive and interact with a virtual assistant with pointing gestures inside a spherical 3D display and to compare the interaction to a flat screen. Participants will be asked to assemble different models using a construction set. The assembly assistant and a paper manual will guide them through the assembly steps. Participants will be asked to answer a demographic and an interaction experience questionnaire.

Eligibility: Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a valid vaccine passport and be willing to wear a mask throughout the study.

Location: ICICS building (2366 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4)

Contact Information: Please contact Annalena Streichert via email at annastre@student.ubc.ca for inquiries and scheduling.

Reimbursement/Time: The study will take approximately 1 hour. You will be compensated $10 for your participation.

Study End Date: April 27, 2022


Enhancing Code Traceability of a Pull Request Interface with Typed-References to Code-Elements (Online)

Researcher: Naveen Sivasankar, Yiyuan Sun, Suki Cai, Ivan Bestchastnikh and Dongwook Yoon (PI)

Description: The overall purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of two user interfaces designed in support of software developers conducting code reviews when they are developing user interface (UI) interfaces. Participants will be required to answer a pre-interview demographic questionnaire, complete two sets of tasks using two different tools, and answer an interface evaluation survey after completing each task.

Eligibility: Individuals who are at least 19 years of age are eligible to participate in this study.  Participants must have experience using Git and GitHub, specifically the GitHub PR Interface. They must also be familiar with developing user interfaces for websites/web applications. In addition, participants should have a working computer with Git installed.

Location: Online, via a Zoom call.

Contact Information: Please contact Naveen Sivasankar via email at naveenrs@student.ubc.ca for inquiries and scheduling.

Reimbursement/Time: One 1-hour long interview plus additional time for a short pre-interview demographic questionnaire. Participants will be compensated with an honorarium of $25 for their time.

Study End Date: April 22, 2022


The Emotion Study (In-person)

Researcher: Ashley Battaglini, Dr. Joelle LeMoult (PI)

Duration: 3 hours

Description: This study is designed to help us understand what influences our emotions. Specifically, we are interested in how emotional processes may vary in different contexts.

Eligibility: Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 54 and fluent in English. Participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Vaccination passports will be reviewed before entry to the lab.

Location:

2136 West Mall, Room 1716
Douglas Kenny Building
Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z

Contact information: Please email ubc.daslab@gmail.com if you would like more information or if you are interested in participating in the study. Please include “The Emotion Study” in your email subject line.

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive $30 as payment for full study participation (in lab session and 24-hour follow-up questionnaire). Participants will receive $25 for participation in the 150-minute in-person session and $5 for completing the follow-up 30-minute online questionnaire.

Study End Date: August 2022


ROAR CANADA: Craving Associations to Relevant Electroencephalography Signals (CARES; In-person)
Researcher: Tanisse Teale and Dr. Christian Schutz
Description: Craving has been highly discussed in as a central risk factor in addiction research but what is not known is the pattern of craving over an extended period of abstinence. ROAR CANADA CARES utilizes electroencephalography (EEG) to identify neural markers that show craving through a computer picture task. We are also using a control group, which includes individuals without a history of psychiatric disorder or substance use disorder, to help us understand what results may be generalizable to every person and which results are specific to having a concurrent disorder.
Eligibility:
  • 19 or older
  •  Proficient in English
  • Healthy (including no current psychiatric illness or substance dependence, and no history of major head injury)

Location: UBC Campus.

Contact Information: BRAIN Lab Research Team, brainlab.cares@ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: Up to $55, total participation time across 5 months is 5.5 hours (sessions ranging from 35 minutes to 65 minutes)

Study End Date: February 2023


English Sentence Comprehension in Visual World (In-person)

Researcher: Dr. Christopher Hammerly (PI)

Description: This study is about how people understand complex sentences in English. You will look at a series of images on a screen while you listen to a sentence over headphones or speakers. The task is to choose which of the images matches the sentence that you heard. While you listen and look, we will track your eye movements around the screen using a special camera.

Eligibility:

  • 18-60 years of age
  • Learned English prior to the age of 5
  • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (must show BC passport or card from other jurisdiction)
  • Must wear a mask for the duration of the session

Location: This study will take place in Stores Road Annex on the UBC Vancouver campus

Contact Information: Please contact elf.lab@ubc.ca and include “visual world” in the subject line.

Reimbursement/Time: The study will take approximately 1 hour. You will be compensated $15 for your participation.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted 2022 Mar 9


Worry Strategies Study (Online)
Researchers: Carly Parsons, Dr. Lynn Alden (PI), Dr. Robert Selles
Description: We are investigating the behavioural strategies that people use to manage their worries, as well as what leads people to use each strategy and how effective each strategy is in reducing feelings of anxiety or discomfort. Participation involves taking part in three Zoom sessions and completing seven daily surveys that are sent via text.
Eligibility: We are currently recruiting adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Adults with OCD must have distressing intrusive thoughts and/or compulsive or ritualistic behaviours that are their primary mental health concern. All participants must also meet the following criteria:
  • Currently living in BC
  • Between ages 18-65
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Use a smartphone with internet access
  • NO cognitive impairment (e.g., recent concussion)
  • NO severe depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, psychosis, or difficulties with substance use
Location: Online
Contact information: Please contact us by email at worrystudy@psych.ubc.ca and provide your name, phone number, and times that you would be available for a 15-30 minute phone call. We will use this phone call to confirm your eligibility.
Reimbursement/Time: The study should take a maximum of four hours spread across two weeks. Participants are compensated with a $60 gift card for completing the study in its entirety.
Note: One of the study questionnaires contains a few questions about how stressed or anxious you have felt about the COVID-19 pandemic. This is so that we can better understand how much of your worries are related vs. unrelated to the pandemic. Your responses to these questions are not mandatory and will not impact your ability to participate in any way.
Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted 2022 Feb 28.

Examining the Effect of Salbutamol Use in Ozone Air Pollution by People with Asthma and/or EIB

Researchers: Michael Koehle (principle investigator), Ben Stothers (graduate student)

Description: We are recruiting individuals with asthma and/or EIB. This study will involve exercising on a stationary bike while breathing in either room air or simulated real-world ozone pollution after taking either salbutamol (inhaler medication) or placebo medication.

Eligibility:

  • Inclusion Criteria:
    • Have asthma and/or EIB (will be tested for on the first day)
    • 18-50 years old
    • Able to exercise on a stationary bike
  • Exclusion Criteria:
    • Smoker
    • Pregnant or potentially pregnant

Location: Room 118 in Medical Sciences Block C. 2176 Health Sciences Mall. Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Contact Information: Ben Stothers (ben.stothers@ubc.ca)

Reimbursement/ Time:

  • Reimbursement
    • 150$ total: The study will involve 5 visits (30$ each).
    • Free VO2max test (aerobic fitness measure).
    • Free Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction test.
    • Free Lung Function testing.
  • Time (roughly 11.5 hours total)
    • 5 visits. The first visit will be roughly 1.5 hours and the next 4 visits will roughly 2.5 hours

Study Duration: ongoing. Posted 2022 Feb 28.


Cognition-oriented guidelines for facilitation of Complex Problem-Solving (CPS) 

Researcher: Yingting Chen, Prof. Konstantin Beznosov (PI)

Description: We are now looking for participants to work in groups and solve café operational problems in a virtual scenario. The outcome of this experiment will be used to develop facilitation guidelines for problem-solving collaboration with and without technologies.

  • Experiment settings: You will be randomly assigned to either one of the meeting formats in face-to-face, online-only, or hybrid.
    • Face-to-face: you will participate the experiment in dyad from the same meeting room
    • Online-only: you will participate the experiment in dyad from different meeting rooms through zoom
    • Hybrid: you will participate the experiment in a four-person group from different meeting rooms. Two of you will join the discussion from the same meeting rooms, while two of you will join from two other rooms.

Eligibility:

  • 19 years old or older;
  • those can communicate, read, and write in English fluently

Location: All sessions will take place in 4th-floor meeting rooms, Fred Kaiser Building at UBC. No remote session will be conducted.

Contact Information: Yingting Chen (chen-yingting@g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp), or register here: https://dt3k7vwnyz8.typeform.com/to/NCBfnMlu

Reimbursement/Time: $30 Amazon gift card for 2 hours

Study End Date: May 2nd, 2022


Bothered by fidgeting? – EEG 

Researcher: Sumeet M. Jaswal and Dr. Todd C. Handy

Description: If you have strong negative feelings when you see someone fidget, like foot shaking or finger tapping, then we want you to participate in a brain activity study with us! The Attentional Neuroscience Lab is looking for adults ages 18+ to participate in an in-person study of brain responses to basic visual attention tasks. 

Study participation involves:

  • A 2-hour visit to our lab located at UBC Vancouver campus
  • Answering a questionnaire and playing a simple computer game
  • Measuring your brainwaves using an EEG (electroencephalogram)
Eligibility:  Participants must be bothered by fidgeting, fluent in verbal and written English, have normal range vision (with or without corrective lenses), be free of neurological problems, be vaccinated against COVID-19 with a valid vaccine passport, and be willing to wear a mask throughout the session.
Location: Douglas Kenny building (2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4)
Contact Information: sumeet@psych.ubc.ca 

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive $20 Amazon.com e-gift certificate for 2 hours of their time.

Study End Date: August 2022


A study of the Facebook Marketplace user experience (Online)

Researcher: Azadeh Mokhberi, Yue Huang, and Prof. Konstantin Beznosov

Description: The participants will be involved in an interview session with a UBC researcher.  The participant will be interviewed over a Zoom video call.

Eligibility:

  • Live in North America.
  • In the past, participants must have used Facebook Marketplace.

Location: over a Zoom video call.

Contact Information: Potential participants can take the eligibility survey using this link https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bHEYWZzrnVUbQsS.

Or send an email to Azadeh Mokhberi via mokhberi@ece.ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be compensated with $20 ( via two optional choices: Amazon Gift Card or e-transfer)/ Interviews will take about 1 hour.

Study End Date: No end date. Posted 2022 Feb 16.


Developing perceptual skills for pitch recognition in baseball (Online)

Researcher: Primary investigator: Dr Nicola Hodges. Graduate students: Georgia Grieve, Zachary Besler.

Description: The purpose of this study is to assess how perceptual skills develop in youth baseball athletes. We are interesting in how and when players begin to recognize body cues and are able to use these to guide action prediction. Participants will be asked to complete a sport practice history questionnaire via Qualtrics. Participants will then complete a video game-like pitch recognition task and a visual acuity task, both via Gorilla. All levels of experience with baseball are invited to participate.

Eligibility: Males aged 12-21, any level of experience with baseball (including novice)

Location: Online

Contact Information: Georgia, kin.msl@ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: The study takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Participants will be compensated for their time with a $15 Amazon voucher

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted 2022 Feb 7


Attention study – EEG 

Researcher: Sumeet M. Jaswal and Dr. Todd C. Handy

Description: The Attentional Neuroscience Lab is looking for adults ages 18+ to participate in an in-person study of brain responses to basic visual attention tasks. 

Study participation involves:

  • A 2-hour visit to our lab located at UBC Vancouver campus
  • Answering a questionnaire and playing a simple computer game
  • Measuring your brainwaves using an EEG (electroencephalogram)

Eligibility:  Participants must be fluent in verbal and written English, have normal range vision (with or without corrective lenses), be free of neurological problems, be vaccinated against COVID-19 with a valid vaccine passport, and be willing to wear a mask throughout the session.

Location: Douglas Kenny building (2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4)

Contact Information: sumeet@psych.ubc.ca 

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive $20 Amazon.com e-gift certificate for 2 hours of their time.

Study End Date: August 2022


The relationship between psychophysiological measures of emotion and applied effort

Researcher: Jordan Stevenson (Graduate Researcher) & Dr. Cameron Mitchell (Principle Investigator)

Description:

Our Research Group is seeking healthy adults over the age of 18 for a series of studies looking at the relationship between emotionally driven content and its effect on applied effort during exercise. Participation in this study will include:

  • Engage in sub-maximal aerobic exercise while watching clips from movies and tv series
  • Completion of a number of surveys/questionnaires

Eligibility:

  • Inclusion Criteria:
    • 18+ years
  • Exclusion Criteria:
    • Medical conditions impacting ability to undertake physical activity
    • Unable to fluently read and write in English

Location: Marine Building downtown Vancouver. 355 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G8

Contact Information: Jordan Stevenson – jordan.stevenson@ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time:

  • $15 per visit
  • 3 Visits: (You may come in for all 3 visits or
    • V1: ~ 65 minutes
    • V2: ~ 50 minutes
    • V3: ~ 50 minutes
  • Potentially all visits could be done in 1 day but this may change to needing a minimum washout period of 1 day per visit

Study End Date: June 30, 2022


Adaptation to ozone in individuals with asthma or exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB)

Researcher: Patric Gonçalves (M.Sc student), Dr. Michael Koehle (Principal Investigator)

Description: Participants will be asked to exercise on a stationary bike, in our lab, for 30min at a moderate exercise intensity while breathing a controlled and safe level of ozone. Participant will visit our laboratory to exercise for 5 consecutive days. After a period of at least two days, participant will come back to the lab to perform another 5 days of the same exercise. Reach out to us if you have respiratory symptoms during or after exercise but unsure whether you have asthma or EIB.

Eligibility:

  • Inclusion criteria:
    • 18 – 50 years old
    • Physically active
    • Non-smoker
    • Have been diagnosed or have symptoms of asthma and/or mild exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (testing will be performed on the first visit
    • Able to communicate in English
  • Exclusion criteria:
    • Pregnant or potentially pregnant (risk of ozone exposure for the fetus)
    • Musculoskeletal injuries in the lower limb that could interfere with cycling exercise
    • Cardiorespiratory diseases other than asthma or EIB or vascular diseases
    • Under supplementation with antioxidant, vitamins E or C, antihypertensives, beta blockers

Location: Environmental Physiology Laboratory at Medical Sciences Block C (UBC Vancouver), Room 118. 2176 Health Sciences Mall. Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Contact Information: Patric Gonçalves -patricog@alumni.ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time:

  • $30 per visit ($300 total)
  • Free VO2max test (cardiorespiratory fitness)
  • Free spirometry test (lung function)
  • Free test for exercise-induced asthma (Eucapnic Voluntary Hyperventilation test)

Time:

  • Each visit will last up to 2h
  • Total number of visits: 10
  • Total time commitment: 16h

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted on Dec 1st, 2021


Benefits of urban greenspaces (Online)
Researcher: Johanna Bock (graduate student), Dr. Lorien Nesbitt (Principal Investigator)
Description: Greenspaces in cities can keep us cool, relaxed and fit. However not everybody benefits in the same way for a variety of reasons. We are a group of researchers from UBC‘s Faculty of Forestry investigating the different uses and benefits of greenspaces around the City of Vancouver. We invite you to participate in our online survey during which you can show us spots you visited today on a map and answer questions about these places, such as what you did there and which features might have been missing. Lastly, we will ask about your personal well-being and background.
Eligibility: To participate you must be 18 years or older and residing in Vancouver. We also ask you to complete the online survey at the end of the day.
Location: Access the online survey via https://arcg.is/0em0yr. You can take the survey online, on your own device (i.e. smartphone, tablet, computer). Please remember to do so at the end of the day, after visiting a greenspace.
Contact Information: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Study Coordinator Johanna Bock (jbock@mail.ubc.ca).
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take about 15 to 30 minutes of your time. In the end, you will get the chance to enter into a price draw with a 1 out of 5 chance to win a 25$ gift card of your choice.
Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted Oct 22, 2021.

Reward Sensitivity and Avoidance in Depression (RSAD) Study (Online)
ResearcherAlex Terpstra, Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty (PI)
DescriptionResearchers at the UBC Hospital Mood Disorders Centre and UBC Department of Psychology are trying to learn more about how emotionally arousing experiences influence learning, memory, decision-making, and behaviour in people with depression.
EligibilityYou may be eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following requirements:
  • You are between the ages of 18 and 65.
  • You are currently experiencing symptoms of depression (eg. low mood, loss of interest in most activities).
  • You are not currently regularly using cannabis/cannabis products, stimulants, opiates or other drugs.
  • You are not currently taking medications for depression, anxiety, or another mental health condition.
  • You have access to a computer and internet for online video conferencing calls.
LocationOnline using Zoom
Contact InformationPlease email rsad.study@psych.ubc.ca if you would like more information or wish to participate in the study.
Reimbursement/TimeThe study involves three parts: (1) a phone screening interview via Zoom for 20-30 minutes, (2) A clinical consultation with the psychiatrist for 1 – 1.5 hours via Zoom to determine your eligibility, (3) A Virtual Zoom testing session for approximately 2.5 hours consisting of a structured clinical interview, online computer tasks and the completion of online questionnaires.If you are confirmed eligible during the clinical consultation and consent to participate in the testing session, you will be provided a total of $40 honorarium for your participation.
Study End DateAugust 31, 2022

Perceptions of ageing and hearing (Online)

Researcher: Dr. Julie Beadle (Post-doc), Dr. Jeff Small (PI)

Description: The School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia seeks individuals aged 65-80 years to participate in a research study on perceptions of aging and hearing aid technology. Participants will meet with a researcher on Zoom and complete a series of surveys, a picture word categorization task (this involves grouping pictures and words that belong to the same category as quickly as possible), and attention and memory tasks. 

Eligibility:

Eligible participants must meet the following criteria:

  • 65-80 years old
  • Fluent English Speaker
  • Access to a personal laptop or desktop computer.
  • Do not currently wear a hearing aid or cochlear implant.
  • Have not been diagnosed with a hearing impairment or neurological impairment (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease).

Location: Online (Zoom)

Contact Information: Julie Beadle, julie.beadle@audiospeech.ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: 2 hours, $20 gift card to Starbucks, Tim Hortons, or Indigo books.

Study End Date: Ongoing


Influence of Physiological Arousal on Cognition (Online)

Researcher: Maria Manaligod (Graduate Researcher) and Dr. Rebecca Todd (Principal Investigator)

Description: For people with regular menstrual cycles (18-50 years old). In this 2-part study, you will be asked to complete a series of tasks/computer tasks and measure physiological responses using an Apple Watch while on video call with the experimenter. Additionally, you will be asked to fill out forms with demographic information, as well as additional questionnaires, some of which asking you about sensitive topics. At the end of each session, you will be asked to send our research team your Health Data from your watch.
Eligibility:
  • MUST have a regular menstrual cycle (between 21 and 35 days), tracking app/calendar preferred, MUST have an Apple Watch (no Fitbit or other smart watches), access to Zoom (camera and microphone), normal or corrected-to-normal vision, fluent in English
Location: Online via Zoom (the researcher will send you a link via email)
Contact Information: Email Maria at mmanaligod@psych.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: Each participant will receive a $50 Amazon gift card at the end of session 2. Study involves a pre-study call (~30 minutes), 2 Zoom sessions 7-16 days apart (depending on cycle phase). Each session will last up to 2 hours.
Study End Date: Ongoing

Baby Language Learning Study: ‘Learning Mommy’ (Online) 
Researcher:Dr. Jennifer Campbell (Post Graduate Research Assistant), Dr. Janet F. Werker (PI) 
Description:In this online language study ‘Learning Mommy’, we are exploring how well babies understand different types of labels, including the label for their mother (such as “mom”, “mommy”, or “mama”, etc.). 
Eligibility:We are looking for 6-months-old babies who are growing up hearing either multiple languages or just English AND their mothers (sorry dads!) to participate in our study.  
Location:  This study will be administered on ‘Lookit,’ an online platform for running developmental studies which uses a webcam to record how babies react to videos and images on the computer screen. 
Contact Information:To sign up to receive more information about our ‘Learning Mommy’ study, please click this link: https://infantstudies.psych.ubc.ca/online-studies/. If you have any questions, please email us at infants@psych.ubc.cawe would be happy to help! 

Reimbursement/Time:The study won’t take more than 30 minutes and we send all participating families a $10 Amazon gift-card after the study. 

Study End Date:  Ongoing

Daily Experiences and Health Study (Online)
Researcher: Jin Wen, Patrick Klaiber, Lydia Ong, Dr. Nancy Sin (PI)
Description: Ever wonder how the ups and downs of daily life affect your health? The UPLIFT Health Lab at UBC is conducting a remote study on how daily experiences contribute to emotional well-being and health. Participants will be asked to complete mobile surveys, provide saliva samples, wear a sleep watch and a physical activity monitor, and provide health assessments as they go about their day-to-day activities. Each participant will receive personalized reports of their physical activity and sleep.
Eligibility:
  • Inclusion Criteria:
    You are at least 25 years old. You are comfortable with reading and writing in English. Your schedule permits you to fill out smartphone surveys 5 times throughout each day for two weeks. You do not expect to move away from British Columbia in the next 3 years.
  • Exclusion Criteria:
    A doctor has ever diagnosed you with: – an autoimmune disorder (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes), or – an endocrine disorder (e.g., Cushing, Addison), or – a sleep-related condition (such as chronic insomnia, sleep apnea, circadian rhythm disorder, or narcolepsy) You suspect that you may have clinically-significant sleep problems You currently take any of the following medications: – sleep medications (e.g., sedative-hypnotics), or – medications containing steroids or cortisone (e.g., steroid inhaler, prednisone, fluticasone) You sometimes or frequently work night shifts that extend past midnight. You have been told by a dentist or dental hygienist that you have a gum disease (e.g., gingivitis). You have had oral surgery in the past month. You have had any of the following oral health conditions in the past month: – Aches or pain in your teeth or gums – Sores or cuts in your mouth – Gums bleed easily (e.g., after brushing your teeth) – Gums are red or swollen – Lost a tooth or had loose teeth – You had cavities filled, or you need to have a cavity filled
Location: Online, over a Zoom video call
Contact Information: Email us at uplift@psych.ubc.ca or call (604) 827-2241
Link to more informationhttps://blogs.ubc.ca/dailyhealth/
Reimbursement/Time: 2 online interviews (approximately 1 hour each). Repeated 1 year and 2 years after the initial study participation. Each participant will receive gift cards worth up to $50 ($150 across the 3 annual assessments).

Study End Date: Ongoing


Canadian Biomarker Integration Network for Depression (CAN-BIND) – Validation Study
Researcher: Samantha Huang (RA), Vanessa Evans (RA), Dr. Raymond Lam (PI)
Description:  The purpose of our study is to learn about ‘biomarkers’ (biological features such as proteins, genes, and brain images that indicate the state of a disease in a person), and how they can help predict treatment outcomes in patients with clinical depression. This study involves standard treatment for depression. Patients will be treated by a psychiatrist for 16 weeks with an antidepressant medication approved to treat depression. At 8 scheduled appointments, clinical assessments, and questionnaires will be completed. Different visits will involve blood, stool and urine sample collection, brain scans (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and an electrocardiogram (ECG). Two additional clinical assessments will be done by a psychiatrist over the phone. Participants will complete clinical assessments (clinician-administered and self-report) and cognitive tests; provide blood, urine, and stool samples; undergo neuroimaging procedures (fMRI and EEG); and provide speech samples.
Eligibility:
  • Inclusion Criteria: You have been diagnosed with depression or suspect you may have depression, and are currently feeling depressed. Common symptoms include: depressed mood, diminished interest or pleasure in activities, change in appetite, poor sleep, fatigue, low self-esteem, and poor concentration; – You are willing to take a standard antidepressant medication as treatment for your depression; – You are willing to undergo blood/lab tests and brain scans.
  • Exclusion Criteria: You have previously used escitalopram and/or brexpiprazole but did not get better or had an adverse reaction to either medication.

Location: Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, 2215 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Contact Information: Samantha Huang, 604 822 7804

Reimbursement/Time: To be discussed (up to $50 per visit for a max. of $400)

Study End Date: Ongoing


Effect of Visual Noise and Blur on Facial Recognition 

Researcher: Morteza Mousavi and Dr. Ipek Oruc (PI)

Description: We are interested in facial recognition abilities. Participants will be viewing images of celebrities on a monitor from a certain distance and asked to identify the celebrity.

Eligibility: You must have a fairly good knowledge of North American celebrities. You must be between the ages 18 and 35. 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 Morteza Mousavi at mousavi7@mail.ubc.ca to participate.

Reimbursement/Time: his study takes around 1 hour to complete and the compensation is $10/hour.

Study End Date: ongoing


Acute Psychological Stress & Exercise Performance (APEX) Study

Researcher: Luke Peddie and Dr. Eli Puterman (PI)

Description: The APEX Study seeks to understand how our responses to stressful events impact our physiology and psychological responses when we exercise. The APEX study will consist of two sessions, during which you will be fitted with a heart rate monitor and mask that measures your ventilation. The first session consists of some brief questionnaires and an 8-km cycling time trial on a cycle ergometer. The second session follows similar procedures with the addition of a public speaking task, similar to mock job interview. During the second session, you will be also asked to provide 5 saliva samples.

Eligibility: Participants should be females who are healthy, moderately active, 18-30 years old, not currently taking hormonal contraceptives or select medications, and who have not competed in sport for at least 2 years.

Location: FAST Lab on UBC Vancouver campus (Medical Sciences Block C, room number 108, 2176 Health Sciences Mall). Medical Sciences Block C is located immediately North of Woodward library.

Contact Information: To sign up, please fill out this form (https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zDKs1qxrKoovtz) with your contact information and we will be in touch with you soon. You can also call us at 604-827-2618 or email us at kin.fastlab@ubc.ca for more information.

Reimbursement/Time: The study consists of 2 sessions within a 14 day period. Day 1 appointments are approximately 90min, and day 2 appointments are approximately 2hours and 10min. Participants will be paid a $40 honorarium for participating, as well as provided a complimentary fitness assessment.

Study End Date: ongoing

Rhythms

Researcher: Anna Safaris (RA), Jon Howard (RA), Nicole Ong (PhD student), April Karlinsky (PhD student), and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI; School of Kinesiology, UBC)

Description: Participants will practice a rhythmic finger-tapping task alone or with a partner, trying to learn the timing of the rhythm 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, 4) no current injury to the wrists and hands, 5) normal or corrected vision and hearing, 6) no known neurological disorders, 7) maximum of 4 years of piano training (please inform Jon about all music training), 8) good understanding of English, 9) no previous participation in a similar study conducted by the School of Kinesiology’s Motor Skills Lab (if in doubt, please check with the researcher).

Location: Room 300 and room 26 in War Memorial Gym. However, please always meet in War Memorial Gym, Room 300.

Contact Information: Please contact the UBC Motor Skills Laboratory at KIN.MSL@ubc.ca. Please include “Rhythms” in the subject line of your email.

Reimbursement/Time: The study will take place across 2 days in a row. Day 1 will take 1-1.5 hours and Day 2 will take 30min (total time: 1.5-2 hours). Participants will be paid $13.85/hour.

Study End Date: ongoing

Mac Darts Study – Visual Anticipation
Researcher: Charlie Sushams (RA) and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI; School of Kinesiology, UBC)
Description: We are looking for participants who know how to play darts to help us study how learning a motor skill can impact visual anticipation. Participants will throw darts at a dartboard and perform a video prediction test.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this study you must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Must be a “skilled” darts thrower with 5 years of experience. Able to hit “their number” on the dart board 2 out of 3 times.
  • 18-60 years old
  • good understanding of English
  • right-hand or left hand dominant (not ambidextrous)
  • no current injury to the wrists or hands that would interfere with dart throwing
  • have normal or corrected vision and hearing
Location: Room 300 in the War Memorial Gym (6081 University Blvd)
Contact Information: Please contact the UBC Motor Skills Laboratory at KIN.MSL@ubc.ca. Please include “SKILLED DARTS” in the subject line of your email.
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take approximately 2 hours to complete. Participants will be provided a $25-30 honorarium depending on time required.
Study End Date: ongoing

 


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