Paid Participants Studies List

The Paid Participant Studies List is hosted on the Psychology Graduate Student Council website. While most studies here are conducted in the Psychology Department, other departments recruiting participants are welcome to advertise. Anyone is welcome to sign up for the mailing 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: May 19, 2018.


Vision and eye movements in baseball
Researchers: Dr. Miriam Spering (PI), Jolande Fooken and Svea Meyer
Description: This study is about visual perception and eye movements. Eye movements are important because they help us to see things better. Here we investigate the relationship between visual acuity and eye movement performance, as well as the question whether and how eye movements improve the perception of visual motion. 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 visual stimuli on a computer screen and be asked to track them with your eyes while we record eye position with a video camera.
Eligibility: You must be between 19 and 45 years of age, with normal or corrected-to-normal visual acuity, and no history of neurological disease (including recent concussion), psychiatric disease (including addictions) or eye disease (including things like strabismus and amblyopia, known as “lazy eye”).
Location: UBC campus, ICICS building (entrance on Agronomy Rd.), Rm X527
Contact Information: Contact Svea Meyer by email: svea.meyer@campus.lmu.de
Reimbursement/Time: remuneration is $10/session; duration will be one session of 45-60 minute duration maximum
Study End Date: July 31, 2018

Survey on Digital Data (URL has been updated as of May 19)
Researcher: Francesco Vitale (graduate student), Joanna McGrenere (PI)
Description: We are studying how people manage and preserve digital data (e.g., files on computers, photos, apps.) In the survey we will ask you questions about your digital data preservation strategies and organization. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete and you can find it at this address: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3fW4jIZYUVnO6UZ
Eligibility: We are looking for participants who are 18+ years old.
Location: Take the survey on a device of your choice, wherever you are.
Contact Information: Please contact Francesco Vitale at fvitale@cs.ubc.ca, using “Digital Data Survey” as a reference if you have any questions
Reimbursement/Time: You can enter a prize draw for a $25 (CAD) gift card. We will extract one person out of every 10 participants.
Study End Date: December 30, 2018

Experiment on object recognition

Researcher: Vahideh Manouchehri, Andrea Albonico (post-doc) and Dr. Jason Barton (PI)
Description: This research study is looking at the speed of face, word and object recognition.  The study is composed by 3 behavioral experiments on a computer: participants will see a different numbers of objects on the screen and they will be asked to decide whether all the pictures on the screen depict the same object or not.
Eligibility: Caucasian young adults between 20-40 years of age, with normal or corrected-to-normal vision, no neurological or psychiatric history and no visual complaints.
Location: The experiment will take place at the HVEM lab c/o the Eye Care Centre (2550 Willow Street).
Contact Information: If you are interested in participating in the study, please email Vahideh Manouchehrifor more information at vmanouchehri (at) gmail.com.
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive $10.00 for each hour of participation. The study will approximately take 2 hours to complete.
Start and End Date: Posted May 10, 2018. no end date.


Accuracy in Personality Perception (Round Robin)
Researcher: Jeremy Biesanz, Jessica Stewart
Description: We are studying the process by which individuals form impressions and understand the personalities of other individuals. In this 2-hour session you will:   • Fill out a series of questionnaires about your own personality.   • Provide email addresses of one parent/guardian and two friends so they too can fill out a brief questionnaire about you. Please obtain consent from these contacts in advance of the study.   • Briefly interact with 3-11 other participants individually and rate each of their personalities.   • Respond to several writing prompts about different aspects of your life.
Eligibility: No restrictions
Location: Kenny 2101 [Douglas T. Kenny Building, 2136 West Mall, V6T 1Z4]
Contact Information: Contact Jessica at sal.personal.strivings@gmail.com.
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take 2 hours and participants will be paid $20.
Study End Date: Posted May 10, 2018. No end date.


Lower Mainland Reading Task
Researcher: Gloria Mellesmoen and Molly Babel (PI)
Description: In this experiment, participants are asked to read sentences displayed on a computer screen aloud. These sentences will be recorded. Participants will also fill out a questionnaire related to their language experience and background.
Eligibility: Participants must have grown up in the Lower Mainland, speak English as a first language, identify as either Caucasian or Chinese Canadian, and be between the ages of 18-30. (Bilingual speakers are welcome to participate.)
Location: Stores Road Annex – Floor 2 (Speech in Context Lab)
Contact Information: Gloria Mellesmoen – gloria.mellesmoen@alumni.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: The study takes approximately 30 minutes and participants will receive $10.
Study End Date: Posted Apr 27, 2018. No end date.


Development of Cognitive Functions Linked to the Frontal Lobe
Researcher: Adele Diamond (P.I.)
Description: This research study is looking at mental flexibility, memory, and rule-learning. You will be asked to play a series of computer games, aimed at assessing these abilities. Our focus is primarily the development of these abilities in children, but we need healthy, normal adults to provide us with the benchmark against which to compare children’s performance.
Eligibility: Healthy male adults 18 years of age or older
Location: UBC Department of Psychiatry, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, 2255 Wesbrook Mall
Contact Information: Please email memory_study@devcogneuro.com or call (604)-822-7664 if interested in participating
Reimbursement/time: $10 for 45 minutes of computer-game playing
Study End Date: Posted Apr 25, 2018. No end date.


Testing the Predictive Coding Theory of Attention
Researcher: PI: Dr. Rebecca Todd, Co-investigators: James Kryklywy (post-doctoral fellow), Max Jativa (graduate student)
Description: The objective of the study is to test the predictive coding theory of attention. You will be asked to complete a set of questionnaires, and do computer-based tasks that will involve responding to images using the keyboard while wearing an eye tracker and a surface electrode on the finger to measure sweat activity. You may also be exposed to loud noises.
Eligibility: 16-35 years old, normal or corrected-to-normal vision, fluent in English
Location: Room 2215, Douglas Kenny Building (2136 West Mall V6T 1Z4)
Contact Information: mclab@psych.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: $10/hr, study will take approx. 2 hours
Study End Date: Posted Apr 22, 2018. No end date.


Neurochemical Influences on the Cognitive Functions Dependent on the Prefrontal Cortex
Researcher: Professor Adele Diamond
Description: 
Individuals who are eligible to participate and wish to participate will be invited to our lab for one pre-testing session and two separate testing sessions. During the pre-testing session, you will have the chance to review the consent form again and give your consent. Before each testing session, you will be asked to take either a low dose of methylphenidate (MPH) or a placebo (Vitamin C). You’ll have a break to relax and then go on to play computer games that require reasoning, attention, and memory.
Eligibility: Healthy men and women between the ages of 20-35 who are not taking any medications that might affect thinking, mental clarity, or hormone levels (e.g. oral contraceptives, hormonal IUD’s, testosterone), are not pregnant or nursing, and who do not have a personal or family history of contraindications against taking Ritalin (e.g. allergies to anything in Ritalin or a heart condition).
Location: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Detwiller Pavilion, Room G842, 2255 Wesbrook Mall
Contact Information: Please email genderstudy@devcogneuro.com or call (604)-822-7664.
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be reimbursed $10 for the information session (15 minutes), $20 for testing session 1 (1 hour), and $30 for testing session 2 (1 hour), totaling in $60 for all completed sessions.
Study End Date: Posted Apr 22, 2018. No end date.


Cognitive function in individuals with problem gambling: recruiting healthy volunteers with minimal or no gambling  
Researcher: Mariya Cherkasova (postdoc), Luke Clark (PI)
Description: The study contains a single 3 hour test session at the Vancouver General Hospital’s Eye Care Centre (360A-2550 Willow Street). 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 first undergo a structured clinical interview and then complete computerized tasks and questionnaires. The tasks will be accompanied by eye tracking, done non-invasively using a special apparatus with a small camera.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the study, you must: be between the ages of 35 and 65; be able to read, write and speak fluent English; not have experienced problems associated with gambling; not have history of/current neurological illness, head injury or psychiatric hospitalization or ongoing mental health problems; not have started (or changed) any medication or medication dose in the past 6 weeks.
Location: The study is conducted at Human Vision and Eye Movement lab at the Eye Care Centre (2550 Willow St., rm.360A). Scheduling arrangements can be made with the researcher.
Contact Information: Mariya Cherkasova, cherkaso@mail.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: The study takes ~3 hours to complete.  You will be compensated $30 for your time, and we will reimburse any transit and parking expenses accrued. You will also earn bonus payment on the computer tasks (up to ~ $70).
Study End Date: Posted Apr 12, 2018. Ends January 2019.


Personal Strivings
Researcher: Jeremy Biesanz, Jessica Stewart
Description: We are studying the process by which individuals form impressions and understand the personalities of other individuals. In this 1.5-hour lab session you will fill out a series of questionnaires about your own personality, watch four short videos of interactions and rate the targets’ personalities, as well as read several lists of daily goals and rate the personality of the imagined writer.
Eligibility: No restrictions
Location: Kenny 2101 [Douglas T. Kenny Building, 2136 West Mall, V6T 1Z4]
Contact Information: Contact Jessica at SAL.personal.strivings@gmail.com.
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take 90 minutes and participants will be paid $15.
Study End Date: Posted Apr 12, 2018. No end date.


Spice and Memory
Researcher: Gordon Heltzel, Dr. Jessica Tracy
Description: Take part in our study which examines the effects of ingesting everyday spices on memory. You will be asked to view a variety of photos and respond to a variety of questionnaires upon ingesting a pill containing either a ginger powder or placebo of sugar flour.
Eligibility: Students who have already taken this study, “Spice and Memory” on HSP are not eligible.
Location: This study takes place in room 2018 in the Douglas Kenny Building (2136 West Mall) on UBC campus.
Contact Information: if you are interested in participating, please contact semi.research.group@gmail.com with your name.
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be paid $15 for their participation. The study will take 1 hour.
Study End Date: Posted Apr 12, 2018. This study will end by Fall term, September 1st.


State and Trait
Researcher: Jeremy Biesanz, Jessica Stewart, Shagun Chheda
Description: We are studying the process by which individuals form impressions and understand the personalities of other individuals. Participants will be asked to rate seven 4-minute video clips about different people, and be asked to rate each person given a set criteria. They will also fill out self-report forms about their personality.
Eligibility: No restrictions
Location: Kenny 1907 [Douglas T. Kenny Building, 2136 West Mall, V6T 1Z4]
Contact Information: Contact Shagun at ubc.social.accuracy@gmail.com
Reimbursement/Time: The study will take 90 minutes and participants will be paid $15.
Study End Date: Posted Mar 27, 2018. 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 with good vision and no history of visual disorders (e.g., amblyopia, strabismus, eye trauma or disease), or developmental/neurological disorders. 
Location: BC 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 March 27, 2018. No end date.


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. Must have normal hearing in both ears.
Location: UBC Pediatric Audiology Lab (Friedman Building2177 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: Revised March 14, 2018. No end date.


Evaluation of the Smartphone Peer Physical Activity Counseling (SPPAC) Program on Physical Activity Among Manual Wheelchair Users with a Spinal Cord Injury: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study
Researcher: Hanna Kirsten, MOT Student, Rachel Degan, MOT Student, Krista Best, PhD, William Miller, PhD, Dr. Jamie Borisoff, PhD, and Dr. Francois Routhier, PhD, Peng
Description: This study aims to determine the influence of a Smartphone Peer Physical Activity Counseling (SPPAC) program on the level of physical activity in a group of manual wheelchair users with a spinal cord injury. The program is delivered by a peer trainer through a mobile device over 14 sessions, with each session lasting approximately 30 minutes. If you choose to participate and are eligible, you will be asked to complete three data collection time points. During the first time point, you will be asked to complete several short surveys before the program begins. The second time point will take place following the completion of the program in which you will be asked to complete the same short surveys. The third time point takes place in the form of a focus group where you will be asked to discuss your thoughts and experiences participating in the program.
Eligibility: Adults between 19-64 years of age, reside in the Lower Mainland, diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, use a manual wheelchair for mobility for one or more months and able to self propel at least 100 meters, able to communicate in English, are cognitively able to engage in the intervention, and currently do not meet physical activity guidelines (which consist of a minimum 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity twice per week AND strength training exercises consisting of 3 set of 8-10 repetitions for major muscle groups twice per week).
Location
: Participants may participate in the intervention in the comfort of their home. Data collection sessions will however take place at either G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre (4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver) or International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD; Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, 818 West 10th Ave, Vancouver). The location will be chosen based on what is most convenient for the participant.
Contact Information: Please contact the Rehab Research Lab at 604-714-4108 or graduate student researcher Rachel Degan at racheldegan@alumni.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive an honorarium for each data collection session completed. This honorarium will be provided to cover the 12 hours of your time and any transportation costs from taking part in this study. If required, there will be a pass provided to cover cost of parking while taking part in this study.
Study End Date: Posted Feb 18, 2018. Ends August 31, 2019.


A Study on Developing Information Systems Design Diagrams
Researcher: Xueqi Xu, Veda Storey and Carson Woo Study facilitator: Katie Chang
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 210, 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, up to two hours
Study End Date: Posted Feb 1, 2018. No end date.


DESIRE Study
Researcher: Dr. L. Brotto
Description: We are investigating the efficacy of two types of group therapy for women with sexual desire and/or arousal difficulties, both of which involve 8 sessions of discussion and education about sexuality: Mindfulness-Based Therapy (“MIND”) and Sex Therapy, Education, and Support (“STEP”). You will be randomly assigned to participate in one type of therapy, and complete assessments before and after treatment. If you agree to take part in this study, the procedures and visits you can expect will include the following: Eight weekly, 2.25-hour long group sessions; Completion of 4 assessments before and after treatment, involving at-home tasks (completing questionnaires and collecting saliva samples) and a sexual arousal assessment and heartbeat perception task.
Eligibility: Women between the ages of 19 and 65 who have sexual desire and/or arousal concerns. Must be fluent in English.
Location:
 2775 Laurel Street (Diamond Health Care Centre near VGH)
Contact Information: faith.jabs@vch.ca
Reimbursement/Time: An honorarium of $220 is provided for completing the entire study. This study will take approximately 15 months.
Study End Date: Posted Feb 1, 2018. Ends December 2020.


Do you self-identify as asexual or heterosexual?
Researcher: Dr. Lori Brotto
Description: We are investigating how sexual identity is related to viewing patterns of erotic and neutral images. Your participation will involve a 10-minute telephone interview, completion of online questionnaires assessing your sexuality, and one in-lab session to measure your visual attention to erotic and neutral images.
Eligibility: Men and women between 19-45 years of age who self-identify as asexual or heterosexual, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision, do not have eye diseases (e.g., macular degeneration, glaucoma), are not colour blind, are not left-handed, and are able to read, write, and speak English.
Location:  2775 Laurel Street (Diamond Health Care Centre near VGH)
Contact: Please contact Sonia at smilani@psych.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: Total time commitment for participation is 1 hour. Participants will be compensated $25.
Study End Date: Posted Jan 20, 2018. 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: Renewed Jan 29, 2018. 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
Location: David Strangway Building #420 – 5950 University Boulevard Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3
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 Jan 4, 2018. No end date.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


 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.


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