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: September 17, 2018.

 


Effects of low-dose versus normal-dose Psychostimulants on Executive Functions in Individuals with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Researcher: Daphne Ling, Prof. Adele Diamond
Description: We are comparing executive functions (EFs; self-control, problem-solving, mentally manipulating information) in individuals diagnosed with ADHD when on a lower-dose psychostimulant (half their current dose) versus their current normal-dose psychostimulant (their current dose). Participants will be asked to visit the lab twice. In one of the sessions, participants will take their current psychostimulant dose; on another, they will take 1/2 that dose. The order of the dose is randomised. Our lab works with a pharmacy to make the drugs (at no cost to the participant) and only the pharmacy will know who is taking what when. We are predicting that while higher doses might help with behaviour (e.g., hyperactivity), cognitive skills might be compromised, leading to worse performance in school, work, and life.
Eligibility: 6-45 years. Has ADHD-Combined or ADHD-Inattentive. On psychostimulants prescribed by a medical doctor for ADHD. All pyschostimulants are eligible, except Concerta.
Location: UBC, Detwiller Pavilion, 2255 Westbrook Mall. Our lab is next to UBC Hospital.
Contact Information: Email Daphne Ling at devcogneuro@gmail.com or call 604-827-3074.

Reimbursement/Time: Two visits, 2 weeks apart. Each session will take approximately 3 hours. We will reimburse parking/transit, and participants will get an individualised report they can use to consult with their doctor.
Study End Date: Posted September 18. No end date specified.

Social Integration and Well-being Project
Researcher: Dr. Gu Li, Dr. Christine Anderl, Yeeun Lee and Dr. Frances Chen (PI)
Description: The UBC Social Integration and Well-being Project examines how new students develop friendships and how they feel about their first months in university. Anyone interested will be asked to complete a 10-min online survey at the start of the first term (Sep-Nov 2018) and another 10-min online survey at the start of the second term (Jan-Mar 2019). The online surveys are completely anonymous.
Eligibility: You must be first-year UBC students (full time). We especially encourage students who identify as mostly heterosexual/straight, straight-curious, bi-curious, bisexual, lesbian, and gay to participate.
Location: Online.
Contact Information: Please go to https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7QIci18P2IghHNP for more information and to take the online survey directly. Please contact Dr. Gu Li at social.integration.study@psych.ubc.ca with the subject line “Social Integration and Well-Being,” should you have any questions.

Reimbursement/Time: Upon each 10-min survey, you will have the chance to enter a prize draw for one of the five $100 cash awards and ten $50 cash awards. If you participate in both surveys, you will be entered into two prize draws.
Study End Date: Nov 4, 2018 (first survey) and March 3, 2019 (second survey).

Resolving Occupational Burnout
Researcher: Sarah Woolgar (MA graduate student) and Dr. Norman Amundson (PI, UBC)
Description: Did work leave you feeling emotionally exhausted? Cynical or pessimistic about your job or the people you workd with? Like you were accomplishing less each day? Did you feel burnt out? Do you feel better now? Participants are asked to discuss in a 1-2 hour interview (in person or through videoconferencing) what factors helped, hindered, or were wished for when they were recovering from occupational burnout.
Eligibility: Participants should be between the ages of 18-65, be fluent in spoken English, previously experienced burnout symptoms, identify as recovered from their burnout symptoms within the last three years.                                                                                          Location: Participants and researchers can meet where it is convenient, at a mutually agreed upon space on or off UBC campus.
Contact Information: Sarah Woolgar, (780)265-6444 or woolgar.sarah@alumni.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be given a $20 honorarium. The interview will take between 1-2 hours with a second follow-up interview via phone or email.
Study End Date: April 1, 2019


Visual Depth Acuity for Binocular Stereopsis and Motion Parallax

Researcher: Robin Atkins (Graduate Student) and Dr. Lorne Whitehead (PI)

Description: You are invited to participate in a study into the accuracy of how well humans can perceive depth between two objects under various conditions. The results of the study will further our understanding of human vision and could help guide the design of visual 3D, VR, and light field displays. You will be presented a series of scenes with several objects and asked which object is closer.

Eligibility: No restrictions

Location: UBC Sustainability Solutions Applied Physics Laboratory, Hennings Building Room 111 (6224 Agricultural Road). More detailed information will be provided after you contact the researcher.

Contact Information: Contact Robin Atkins by email: robin_atkins@yahoo.com

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be paid $20/hour, and the duration of the study will be approximately 1 hour.

Study End Date:  11th of September 2018.


Golf Putting

Researcher:Jonathan Howard (RA) and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI)
Description: Participants will practice various golf putting tasks with the goal of learning to putt as accurately as possible.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this study you must meet all of the following requirements: 1) age18-35, 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/little experience playing golf or golf putting (if in doubt, please check with Jonathan)
Location:Room 300 in the War Memorial Gym (6081 University Blvd)
Contact Information:Please contact Jonathan atubc.motor.skills.laboratory@gmail.comNote: Please include “ATTN: Jonathan” in the subject line of your email
Reimbursement/Time:This study will take place across 2 days in a row. Day 1 will take ~1-1.5 hrs and Day 2 will take ~30-45 min. Participants will be paid $12.65/hr (total time commitment ~1.5-2.25 hrs).
Study End Date: April 30, 2019.


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 Information: 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 August 27, 2018. No end date.


EEG-study investigating social interactions

Researcher: Ella Weik, Amna Hyder PI: Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul
Description: We are investigating how the brain works in social interactions. For this experiment you will be paired with another participant. You will be asked to play a computer game with the other person, while your brain activity is recorded with EEG. 
Eligibility: healthy, right-handed females between 18 and 30 years of age
Location: Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, 2215 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, 3rd floor
Contact Information: eweik@bcchr.ca or 778-861-9451
Reimbursement/Time: 20 dollars for 2 hours
Study End Date: Posted August 15, 2018. No end date.

Eye Movements in 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. We will use a small camera to record the position of your eyes while you are watching the animation.
Eligibility: Adults aged 45-65 with healthy vision and no histoy of visual disorders (e.g., amblyopia, strabismus, eye trauma, or macular degeneration: cataract surgery is OK) or developmental/neurological disorders.
Location: Vancouver General Hospital, 818 West 10th Avenue.
Contact Information: To make an appointment, call 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: Posted August 10, 2018. No end date.


Non-visual document skimming on the go

Researcher: Taslim Arefin Khan, Dr. Dongwook Yoon, Dr. Joanna McGrenere

Description: Reading texts on screen (e.g., smartphone) can be challenging while moving in a shaky vehicle, walking, or driving. Synthesizing audio narration of the textual content for auditory (non-visual) reading is a promising solution. In this project, we will identify user needs, surface user challenges, explore design ideas, build prototypes, and test our solutions.

Eligibility: Any current grad student of UBC, familiar with reading research articles, able to understand speak English well.

Location: ICICS X-Wing – Room X508

Contact information: Please email Taslim at takhan@cs.ubc.ca

Reimbursement: The study will take about 1 hour. Participants will be compensated $15.

Study end date: August 31st 2018.


GRIP (Goal Regulation in Couples) Study

Researcher: Dr. Christiane A. Hoppmann

Description: We are interested in how partners influence problem solving. The study involves a two-hour session where you and your partner will complete questionnaires and computerized tasks. We will also ask you to give each other a handmassage and wear a heartrate monitor.

Eligibility: You can participate in this study if you are aged 19 years and older. Participation in this study is contingent on the participation of your partner.

Location: The Health and Adult Development Lab (Kenny Building, Room 2301)

Contact Information: If you are interested in participating, please contact gripstudy@psych.ubc.ca or call us at 604-822-3549. Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive monetary reimbursement for their participation. The study will take 2 hours to complete.
Study End Date: No end date. Posted August 6, 2018.


Emotion Transition Points through Video Games Study

Researcher: Laura Cang, Paul Bucci, Karon MacLean

Description:The Sensory, Perception, and Interaction (SPIN) Research Group in the UBC Dept. of Computer Science is looking for participants for a study investigating emotional reactions through interactions with media. If eligible, the study will involve a single 2.5-hour session. We may ask you to reflect about your emotional experiences after interacting with a video game, film clip, or music and may ask about other emotion-rich stories or memories. Your facial reactions, biometric data (such as EEG), and voice may be recorded. If you are interested in participating, please first complete this survey to determine eligibility and indicate your interest. If you have any questions, please contact Research Assistant Anushka Agrawal (nushka93@cs.ubc.ca) or visit our lab website.
Eligibility: Determined upon completion of a 10-min survey, which can be found at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b10qOv63Y8U987H
Location: ICICS X-wing – Room X727
2366 Main Mall, Vancouver
Contact Information: Anushka Agrawal, nushka93@cs.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: The study may take around 2.5 hours and participants will be compensated $40.
Study End Date: August 31, 2018

Exposure History Impact on Identification of Faces and Objects

Researcher: Morteza Mousavi(graduate student) and Dr. Ipek Oruc (PI)
Description: We are interested in the effect of exposure to different faces on face and age recognition. Participants will be involved in a face recognition task and an age recognition task. 
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 mousavi7@mail.ubc.ca to participate.
Reimbursement/Time: This study takes roughly 2 hours to complete and pays $10/hour.
Study End Date: No end date. Posted July 30, 2018.


Cognition & Motion: A smartphone study

Researcher: Simon Ho (Graduate Student) and Todd Handy (PI)

Description: The goal of this study is to examine the relationship between cognition and motion. Participants will be asked to fill out some questionnaires and then to walk around parts of UBC campus for 30 minutes (accompanied by a research assistant). This walk could take place indoors or outdoors (randomly assigned during the session). We will be recording motion data using a smartphone during the walk. The session will take approximately 1 hour.

Eligibility: Between the age of 18-40 years. Must not have taken part in the study in the past. Due to the nature of the study, participants must be able to physically walk, unaided, around UBC campus. Comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing are strongly recommended.

Location: Room 3407, Psychology building on UBC Campus (2136 West Mall, Vancouver. V6T 1Z4)

Contact information: Please contact Simon Ho by email at simon@psych.ubc.ca

Reimbursement: The session will take approximately 1 hour and you will receive $10 cash for your time.

Study end date: August 31st 2018


Video Learning

Researchers: Min Li(M.A.Sc student), Matt Fong(PhD student),  Dr. Sidney Fels (PI)

Description: Participants will watch short videos and finish tasks using a new video learning interface.

Eligibility: UBC undergrad students.   

Location: UBC Vancouver campus. More detailed information will be provided after you contact the researcher.

Contact Information: Please contact Min(minli@ece.ubc.ca) with your age, gender, major, and year.

Reimbursement/Time: This study will be about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Compensation will be $20.

Study End Date: July 30, 2018


VideX Mobile: An Investigation of the Effect of a Personalized Video Summarization and Viewing App on Students’ Learning.

Researcher:Dr. Sidney Fels (primary investigator), Laila Elmalatawy (co-investigator) 
Description: VideX Mobile is a personalized video summarization and viewing application. The students will participate in a controlled lab study which aims to answer the following research questions: if students were given VideX Mobile as a learning tool, how will they use it? Do students perceive it as a useful tool? The study is mainly made up of two experiments, two-tests, and four questionnaires, where the students will be asked to watch short lecture videos and solve a short test based on their understanding of that video. 
Eligibility:UBC undergraduate students who have previously taken at lease onevideo-based course (i.e. the lectures were given in the form of video) either at UBC or online through edX, Coursera, Udacity…etc.
Location: The ICICS Computer Science Building, 2366 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Contact Information: Laila Malatawy,laila.malatawy@gmail.com
Reimbursement/Time:participants will be paid $20, and the duration of the study will be approximately 2 hours.
Study End Date: 21st of July, 2018

Transition to High School

Researcher: Ellen Jopling, Alison Tracy, Dr. Joelle LeMoult (PI)
Description: Our study examines how the transition to high school affects mental health and well-being in youth. Specifically, we’re interested in how youth communicate with friends, and the factors that help youth cope with stress.
Eligibility: Parents and teenagers entering Grade 8 in the fall of 2018 are eligible for participation in this study. Participants must be fluent in English with no pervasive learning disabilities, no significant cognitive impairment due to head trauma, who are not colour-blind or severely visually impaired, and who do not plan to move in the next 6 months.
Location: UBC Douglas Kenny Building and at home.
Contact Information: Email us at daslab@psych.ubc.ca or call (604) 822 9951
Reimbursement/Time: Two 2.5 hour lab sessions between now and September, several at-home online questionnaires to be completed in September and December, and one final 2 hour lab session in March. Participants will be compensated with an honorarium of $130.

Eye movements to rotating objects

Researcher:Dr. Miriam Spering and Xiuyun Wu
Description:In this study we will investigate how rotating visual objects affect eye movements, which can increase our knowledge about how eye movements interact with perception.
Eligibility:You must be between 19 and 65 years old. You must have normal visual acuity at a distance of 40 cm (no glasses or contacts), and no history of neurological, psychiatric or eye disease (such as “lazy eye”).
Location: (UBC campus) ICICS, 2366 Main Mall, Rm X725
Contact Information: Please contact Xiuyun Wu atxiuyunwu5@gmail.comfor available time.
Reimbursement/Time:The remuneration is $15 and the study takes 60 minutes. A rare case is that within the first 15 mins we may find out that the eye tracker does not work for you. If that happens, you will get $5 as appreciation for your time and effort.
Study End Date: July 20, 2018

It Takes Two to Tango

Researcher: Dr. Christiane A. Hoppmann
Description: We are interested in how partners influence problem solving. The study involves a two-hour session where you and your partner will complete questionnaires and computerized tasks. We will also ask you to give each other a hand massage and wear a heartrate monitor.
Eligibility:You can participate in this study if you are aged 19 years and older. Participation in this study is contingent on the participation of your partner. 
Location: The Health and Adult Development Lab (Kenny Building, Room 2301)
Contact Information: If you are interested in participating, please contact hoppmannlab@psych.ubc.ca or call us at 604-822-3549. 
Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive monetary reimbursement for their participation. The study will take 2 hours to complete.
Study End Date: Posted on June 12, 2018. No end date specified.

Development of Social Cognition
Researcher:Antonya Gonzalez (PhD Student), Dr. Andrew Baron (PI)
Description:In this study, you will read a child-friendly story, answer questions, and complete a categorization task. After a break, you will return to the lab and take the categorization task again. Note: The time-slot for this study is 1.5 hours, however you will have a 45 minute break between measures.
Eligibility:UBC students, fluent in English                                                                                                                                       
Location:Kenny Building 1118
Contact Information:scdlab.adultstudies@gmail.com
Reimbursement/Time:$10 for 1.5 hours (with a 45 min break)
Study End Date: September 1, 2018


Face Perception

Researchers: Jhunam Sidhu, Shanna Yeung, Dr. Jason Barton (PI)

Description: Participants will memorize faces on a computer screen and respond with the keyboard.

Eligibility: 18-55 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, neurological conditions such as strokes, significant head trauma, or impaired memory.

Location: Vancouver General Hospital. More specific location information will be provided after you contact the researcher.

Contact Information: Please contact sidhuj(at)whitman.edu with your age, gender, and availability in the upcoming 2 weeks (e.g. Mondays on and after 12:30, Tuesday 9 – 11 am)

Reimbursement/Time: This study is 30 min long. Compensation will be $5.

Study End Date: End of August 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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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