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: September 23, 2019


Are you Test a new tool to manage digital data
Researcher: Francesco Vitale (PhD student), Joanna McGrenere (PI)
Description: We will show and ask you to interact with a system to manage digital data (like files, documents, and photos). We will also ask you general questions about your data management behaviors and the tools you use. 
Eligibility: The study is open to all participants who are 18 years or older, speak English, and regularly use interactive devices. However, we are looking for a varied set of participants and not everyone might be selected to participate. We will select participants among those who complete a short online screening survey at this address (copy and paste the address in your browser if it doesn’t work): https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37TYkELvjobu8Ml  
Location: UBC main campus, ICICS building.
Contact Information: Francesco Vitale, fvitale@cs.ubc.ca    
Reimbursement/Time: $20 compensation for approximately 90 minutes

Study End Date: December 23, 2019


Perception of your social self

Researcher: Bri Glazier, Lynn Alden (PI), Sarah Lillemo (Study coordinator)

Description: We are interested in how mood interacts with one’s perception of behaviour in a social task. If you are interested, we will conduct a brief (10-15min) phone interview to assess your eligibility. If you are eligible, you will be invited into the lab for two sessions of questionnaires, scheduled one week apart, and one online questionnaire. In the lab, you may be asked to make a short statement to a video camera. At the end of the second session, you will participate in a short clinical interview.

Eligibility: Adults age 25-65 with NO history of clinically significant psychiatric illnesses (e.g., NO social anxiety, depression) and no current/recent drug use

Location: Kenny building, UBC campus, between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

Contact Information: Email us at aldenlab@psych.ubc.ca. Please reference the study “Healthy Perceptions” and let us know some times that we can contact you on the phone for 10-15 minutes.

Reimbursement/Time: $40 for 1.5 hours of your time at UBC as well as $10 for travel expenses.

Study End Date: Ongoing


Cantonese-English Bilingual Speech Database

Researchers: Khia Johnson (PhD candidate), Dr. Molly Babel (PI)

Description: Are you a (male or nonbinary) speaker of Cantonese and English? You can be part of a bilingual speech database. We’re studying what makes bilingual speech unique—specifically, how languages influence one another. The study involves two 30-minute conversational interviews on everyday topics like culture, hobbies, school, community issues, or work. What’s the catch? One interview will be conducted (mostly) in Cantonese, and the other (mostly) in English. Both interviews will be recorded with head-mounted microphones and included in an Open Access database, so researchers and developers around the world can play with and learn from your speech. **Please note that we are no longer recruiting female participants at this time**

Eligibility: Age 19-35; Fluent in both Cantonese and English; No known speech, language, or hearing disorders; Identify as male or nonbinary

Location: Stores Road Annex (6368 Stores Road, Vancouver, BC)

Contact Information: Khia Johnson, khia.johnson@ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: 1.5 hours, $15

Study End Date: June 19, 2020.


Highly Personalized User Interfaces

Researcher: Izabelle Janzen (PhD Student), Dr. Joanna McGrenere (PI)

Description: We are conducting a study as part a larger investigation of personalization behavior and individual differences in how users interact with notifications. As part of this effort we are investigating how users can most effectively communicate their preferences to a notification management system. Activities involved will be mainly limited to talking about your experiences with notifications as well creating new notification settings with a series of prototype notification management tools.

Eligibility:  The study is available to anyone who meets the following:
•    Owns and has used a device (e.g. phone, laptop, tablet) that receives notifications for more than six months
•    Speaks English fluently
And meets one of the following:
•    Is between 18 and 35 years of age
•    Is between 40 and 55 years of age
•    Is 60 years of age or older

Location: UBC Department of Computer Science building

Contact Information: Please contact Izabelle Janzen at bjanzen@cs.ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: The study will take between 1 and 1.5 hours to complete. Participants will be compensated with 15$ for their time.

Study End Date: Ongoing depending on recruitment, but tenatively January 1st 2020.


Watch your thoughts and get a free brain scan!

Researcher: Sneha Sheth and Kalina Christoff

Description: We are looking for subjects to participate in our research study which will require you to be able to answer questions about your own thoughts as they naturally unfold over time. You will do this as you lie still in an MRI scanner for two hours. 

Eligibility: 21-36 years old, healthy, right-handed, not on psychiatric medication. Note that the first part of this study determines your eligibility for the second part, so you will only be contacted for the second part after your results from part one are screened. 

Location: This a two-part study which will take place on UBC campus. Part 1 is a behavioral component that will be conducted in the Kenny building. The second part will involve you lying still inside an MRI scanner (located at the Center for Brain Heath). 

Contact Information: Please fill out this form https://forms.gle/3tSY8dzLNaLEUzkN9 and contact Sneha at ubcdotstudy@gmail.com 

Reimbursement/Time: This study will take 4 hours in total spread over two separate days. You will be reimbursed $10 for part 1 and $45 after completing part 2. You will also receive a free CD with pictures of your brain after completing part 2.

Study End Date: Ongoing


Social Integration and Well-Being

Researchers: Dr. Frances Chen (PI) and Dr. Gu Li

Description: We are inviting you to join this 2-part study. In this study, we examine how new students develop friendships as well as how they feel during their first months at university. If you agree to participate, you will be invited for a 1-hour lab visit in the coming few weeks and another 1-hour lab visit towards the second half of this term.

In the first lab visit, you will complete a survey about demographic information, attitudes and experiences with the LGBTQ community, friendships, and mental fitness. You will also be asked to evaluate images of male and female models. Finally, you will be asked to write about your values, beliefs, or observations and complete a brief task with your laptop computer.

In the second lab visit, you will complete the same survey again. At the end of the second lab visit, you will read a webpage explaining the study to you in detail and will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

Eligibility: Participants must be full-time first year undergraduate students at UBC and must be fluent in English. This study is open to participants of all gender identities and sexual orientations, and we especially encourage students who identify as mostly heterosexual/ straight, straight-curious, bi-curious, bisexual, pansexual, lesbian, and gay to participate.

Location: Department of Psychology, Vancouver Campus (Audain Art Building [POND] 4038B or Kenny 3318).

Contact Information: Please contact Dr. Gu Li at gu.li@psych.ubc.ca with the subject line “Social Integration and Well-Being” to ask for more information.

Reimbursement: You will earn $10 for the first lab visit and $15 for the second lab visit.

Study Periods: September 3, 2019—October 1, 2019 (first lab visit); October 15, 2019—December 1, 2019 (second lab visit).

Click this link to complete a 5-min pre-screening survey about your demographic information including gender identity and sexual orientation, for a prize draw of ten $20s and ten $10s (valid through October 1, 2019): https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bxei0zZZ4NNb9HL


Aging and vision with eye-tracking

Researcher: Doris Chow (Post-doc) and Miriam Spering (PI)

Description: This study is about motion sensitivity and eye movements. You will look at visual stimuli presented on a monitor while your eye movements are being recorded with a video camera. You will also be asked to make manual responses to the specific features of the stimulus. Some of these judgments will be easy and other more difficult. Basic vision tests will also be performed.

Eligibility: 19-45 or 65-85 years old; normal or corrected-to-normal visual acuity (at least 20/40); no history of neurological, psychiatric or eye diseases (such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or ‘lazy eye’)

Location: The study will be conducted at ICORD, VGH (818 W10th Avenue) or ICICS, UBC Vancouver (2366 Main Mall).

Contact Information: please email doris.hm.chow@ubc.ca for inquiries and scheduling

Reimbursement/Time: Remuneration is $3 per 15 mins of study participation (rounded up to the nearest 15 min interval). The total duration of the study is up to 75 mins (one session). ($5 / session if you do not meet the vision requirements on the day of the study and cannot participate)

Study End Date: No end date specified. Posted August 29th


Away we grow! Growing up milk toddler nutrition development study

Researcher: Dr. Yvonne Lamers (PI) and Dr. Tim Oberlander (Co-PI)

Description: The objective of this study is to determine whether the type of milk a child drinks impacts growth, behavior, and development. The child will be followed over six months of time. For more information visit: www.tiny.cc/ubcnutritionawg

Eligibility:

Healthy children nearing 18 months-of-age, born at 37 week gestation as  a singleton birth (i.e. not a twin, triplet) with  a birth weight between 2500-4500g (5.5-10lbs) and able to complete 5 study visits within 6 months (3 study visits at UBC,  BC Children’s Hospital or Surrey office &  2 at a convenient community location).

Location: Participants may complete study visits at the site most convenient: at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, 4480 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, UBC OR the Nutrition Research Offices at 73rd & King George, Surrey.

Contact Information:  Please contact Chloe Chong at nutrition.research@bcchr.ca or by telephone at 604-875-2345 ext. 4896 or complete and send us the Eligibility Screening Questionnaire at: www.tiny.cc/ubcnutritionawg

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive Gift Cards for the time to complete assessments / study visits and will be reimbursed for parking/public transit.

Study End Date: Anticipated as December 2020.


Adult Health FASD Study

Researcher: Drs. Joanne Weinberg (PI), Tammy Bodnar, and Charlis Raineki

Description: We are investigating the role of the immune system in health for adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). You will be asked to complete questionnaires, play iPad games, have your picture taken, provide a small blood and saliva sample, and have a study doctor take some routine health measurements.

Eligibility: BC residents between the ages of 22 and 50+ who have an official FASD Diagnosis or who were not exposed to alcohol prenatally

Location: UBC Campus (LSI) or BC Women’s Health Centre (4500 Oak St, Vancouver, BC)

Contact Information: You may fill out our contact form at http://tiny.cc/adulthealthstudy. You may also email adulthealth.fasd@ubc.ca or call us at 604-809-5574

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive monetary reimbursement for their participation. The study will involve one visit lasting approximately 3 to 5 hours (or less).

Study End Date: Posted on August 13, 2019. No end date specified.


Total Aromatic Amino Acid Requirements in Healthy Pregnant Women
Researcher: Madeleine Ennis and Dr. Rajavel Elango

Description: There will be a 1 hour preliminary assessment, then anywhere from 1 to 8 study days (the participant chooses) that are 8 hours long and involve the collection of breath, urine samples, one small blood sample, consuming a special diet and measurements of body composition.

Eligibility: Healthy women between 20 and 40 pregnant with a single child.  

Location: BC Children’s Hospital 

Contact Information: Madeleine Ennis, mennis@bcchr.ca, 6048752000×4607

Reimbursement/Time: $100 per completed 8 hour study day as well as a parking code or bus fare.

Study End Date: Dec 2019


Cognitive function in individuals with problem gambling: recruiting healthy volunteers with minimal or no gambling

Researcher: Brittney Russell (PhD student), Mariya Cherkasova (research associate), 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 behaviour 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 or head injury; not have a history of psychiatric hospitalization; not have any ongoing problems with mental health (e.g. depression/ anxiety) or with substance use; not have started (or changed) any medication or medication dose in the past 6 weeks.

Location: The study is conducted at the 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: Brittney Russell, brittney.russell@psych.ubc.ca; 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: January, 2020


The Hearing Brain

Researchers: Dr. Todd S. Woodward, Dr. Mahesh Menon, R.Psych, and Dr. Christine Tipper

Description: This sub-study is part of a larger research project that seeks to develop transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) as a research and therapy tool. tACS is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique in which a very weak electrical current is applied to the scalp in order to increase the likelihood of neural firing in targeted brain regions. This safe, painless, non-invasive brain stimulation technology holds great promise as a therapeutic application for brain health conditions. Participation as a control subject in this study will aid the study investigators in developing protocols to influence network-level brain function in a precisely targeted manner and test specific hypotheses about the role of different brain networks in specific aspects of cognition and behaviour

“The Hearing Brain” investigates whether transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) can mimic and/or influence the brain activity that occurs when listening to simple sounds.

Eligibility: To participate you must be a fluent English speaker aged 19-60, and must not have a history of migraines, neurological problems, or seizure

Location: The experiment will be conducted in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Schizophrenia Laboratoy (Detwiller Pavilion, UBC Hospital)

Contact Information: Contact Jessica at brain.dynamics@ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: All together, it takes about 1.5 hours to complete this paid study.

Study End Date: No end date specified. Posted July 23, 2019.


UBC Teen Health and Emotions Study

Researcher: Bita Zareian, Dr. Christine Anderl, & Dr. Frances Chen (PI)

Description: UBC’s Social Health Lab is exploring how hormones shape teenagers’ emotions over time. Teenagers experience a range of moods and emotions, thanks to a sharp increase in hormones. What’s not known is the role that these hormones have on the maturing teenage brain.

Eligibility: Young women between 13-15 and one of their parents or guardians. Teens and parents must be fluent in English and have no definite plans to move in the next 3 years.

Location: UBC Douglas Kenny Building and at home.

Contact Information: Email us at teenstudy@psych.ubc.ca. Learn more at bit.ly/UBCTeenStudy.

Reimbursement/Time: This study includes six lab sessions across 3 years. In total, this study takes about 13.5 hours to complete. Participating families will receive up to $180 ($30 for each completed lab session)

Study End Date: No end date specified. Posted July 9, 2019.


Neurochemical Influences on Cognitive Functions Dependent on Prefrontal Cortex

Researcher: Dr. Adele Diamond (PI)

Description: We are examining whether methylphenidate (MPH; known commercially as Ritalin©) might affect reasoning, attention, and memory differently in men and women. If eligible, participants will be asked to visit the lab three times. The first visit is an information session where you are asked to provide a saliva sample, and the second and third visits are testing sessions, scheduled one month apart. The testing sessions will involve taking either a low dose of MPH or a placebo (Vitamin C), and then completing 4 short cognitive tasks on a computer.

Eligibility: You are eligible if you meet the following requirements:

1) 20-35 years of age

2) Proficient to fluent in English

3) Can execute a manual response such as pressing a button

4) Have a regular monthly menstrual period (applies to females only)

5) No history of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including brain injury

6) Not taking ANY medication that influences circulating gonadal hormone levels (e.g. testosterone, oral hormonal contraceptives, Depo-Provera [birth control drug injection])

7) Not taking ANY medication that might affect cognition

Location: All the sessions will take place at the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, UBC, Detwiller Pavilion, 2255 Westbrook Mall. Our lab is in the building next to the UBC Hospital.

Contact Information: Please email mphstudy@devcogneuro.com if you are interested in participating.

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive a total of $40 for their time: $5 for coming to the information session (approx. 30 minutes); $15 for completing the first testing session (approx. 1hr); and $20 for completing the second testing session (approx. 1hr).

Study End Date: No end date specified. Posted July 9, 2019.


Face Recognition Research Study

Researcher: Todd Kamensek (graduate student) and Dr. Ipek Oruc (PI)

Description: You are invited to participate in a study evaluating one’s daily exposure to faces for factors such as size, gender, viewing distance, and angle. The study involves the use of a head-mounted camera that will take photographs at regular intervals in first-person view over the course of 1 day for 8-10 hours. After wearing the glasses for a day, participants will complete a few lab based assessments of visuo-spatial ability and face recognition.

Eligibility: Participants must be at least 18 years old with normal or corrected-to-normal vision.

Location: Blusson Spinal Cord Center, 818 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9 Contact Information: Please contact Todd Kamensek at todd.kamensek@ubc.ca if you are interested in participating.

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive $20 compensation for wearing the head-mounted camera for one day, plus $10 per hour for additional testing at the lab (1 hour).

Study End Date: Posted June 25, 2019. No end date specified.


Preliminary Bolus Study

Researcher: Dr. Yvonne Lamers (PI) and Mikaela Stewart (RA)

Description: We are investigating how methionine is used in our bodies. Following a successful health screening visit, we require 6 hours of your time in a single visit at the Women’s Health Research Institute (Oak Street Campus). During this time, participants will be asked to provide blood and breath samples, as well as information on dietary intake and B-vitamin status. 

Eligibility: Healthy women aged 20-35 who:

– Have not been taking vitamin, amino acid or protein supplements regularly (more than once a week)

– Do not chronically consume a high protein diet (e.g. Atkins)

– Have no chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, cancer, asthma, gastrointestinal surgery…)

– Are not pregnant or breastfeeding

– Do not smoke, use recreational drugs or drink more than 7 alcohol beverages per week

– Do not take long-term prescription medication (e.g. hormonal contraceptives, antidepressants…)

– Have not donated blood in the past 3 months prior to study start

Location: BC Women’s Health Research Institute: 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver

Contact Information: Please contact Mikaela Stewart at folate.study@ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive up to $75 in gift cards for successful completion ($25 for screening visit ~1 hr, $50 for main study day ~6 hrs). 

Study End Date: No end date specified. Posted June 25 2019.


The Dynamic Reciprocal Electroencephalography and Modulation (DREAM) study

Researchers: Dr. Todd S. Woodward and Dr. Mahesh Menon, R.Psych
Description: This sub-study is part of a larger research project that seeks to develop transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) as a research and therapy tool. tACS is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique in which a very weak electrical current is applied to the scalp in order to increase the likelihood of neural firing in targeted brain regions. This safe, painless, non-invasive brain stimulation technology holds great promise as a therapeutic application for brain health conditions. Participation as a control subject in this study will aid the study investigators in developing protocols to influence network-level brain function in a precisely targeted manner and test specific hypotheses about the role of different brain networks in specific aspects of cognition and behaviour. 
The DREAM study investigates whether transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) can temporarily influence performance on simple perceptual and cognitive tasks by biasing the networks used to perform these tasks.
Eligibility: To participate, you must be a fluent English speaker aged 19-60, and must not have a history of migraines, neurological problems, or seizure
Location: The experiment will be conducted in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Schizophrenia Laboratoy (Detwiller Pavilion, UBC Hospital)
Contact Information: Contact Ella or Meighen at brain.dynamics@ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: All together, it takes about 1.5 hours to complete this paid study.

Effect of Visual Noise and Blur on Facial Recognition

Researcher: Avneet Johal and Dr. Ipek Oruc (PI)
Description: We are interested in the effect of different visual noise levels in facial recognition. Participants will be viewing images of celebrities on a monitor from a certain distance and asked to identify the celebrity.
Eligibility: 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 avneetjohal7@gmail.com to participate.
Reimbursement/Time: This study takes around 1 hour to complete and the compensation is $10/hour.

Practice Scheduling and Motor Learning of Keystroke Patterns

Researcher: Georgia Grieve (RA) and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI)

Description: Participants will practice various keystroke patterns with the goal of learning the timing of each pattern as accurately as possible.

Eligibility: In order to participate in this study you must meet all of the following requirements: 1) female, 2) age 18-35, 3) right-hand dominant, 4) normal vision or wear corrective lenses, 5) no injury to the right hand, 6) no known neurological disorders, 7) no previous participation in a study involving keystroke patterns conducted by the School of Kinesiology’s Motor Skills Lab (if in doubt, please check with researcher)

Location: Room 4612 in the D. H. Copp Building (2146 Health Sciences Mall)

Contact Information: Please contact Georgia at georgia.grieve@alumni.ubc.ca. Note: Please include “Keypress Study” in the subject line of your email.

Reimbursement/Time: This study will take place across 2 consecutive days. Day 1 will take ~75 min and Day 2 will take ~30 min. Participants will be paid $12.65/hr (total time commitment ~105 min).


Effects of transcranial electrical stimulation on perception and cognition

Researcher: Dr. Lawrence Ward (PI)

Description: This experiment will explore how people process visual stimuli. It will involve viewing and responding to visual stimuli presented on a computer screen. You will receive weak electrical stimulation on the scalp delivered with a safe, harmless, non-invasive brain stimulation technology.

Eligibility: Must be 18-35 years old

Location: The experiment will be conducted in the Laboratory of Psychophysics and Cognitive Neuroscience (Kenny Building, Room 3014)

Contact Information: Email Naima Mansuri 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 approximately 1-2 hours to complete on each of two separate occasions.

Study End Date: No end date specified. Posted May 28, 2019.


Golf Putting

Researcher: Michael Dhaliwal (RA), 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) 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/little experience playing golf or golf putting (if in doubt, please check with Michael)

Location:Room 300 in the War Memorial Gym (6081 University Blvd)

Contact Information: Please contact Michael at Michael.Dhaliwal@alumni.ubc.ca at Note: Please include “ATTN: Golf Putting Study” 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: May 31, 2020


Listening to sentences – EEG Study

Researcher: Naima Mansuri, Principal Investigator: Dr. Lawrence Ward

Description: This study will involve listening to a series of spoken English sentences from an audio recording played through insert earphones. Our experiments require making recordings of brain activity during these tasks using EEG, which involves several sensors placed on your scalp, a couple on each temple, and one above and below the right eye.

Eligibility: Fluent in English. No history of neurological disorders.

Location: The experiment will be conducted in the Laboratory of Psychophysics and Cognitive Neuroscience (Kenny Building, Room 3014).

Contact Information: Email Naima 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 2-3 hours to complete.

Study End Date: No end date. Posted November 20, 2018.


Self and Social Perception – Part 3

Researcher: Bri Glazier, Lynn Alden (PI), Sarah Lillemo (Study coordinator)

Description: UBC Psychology is looking for adults with social anxiety to participate in a study on UBC campus. If you are interested, we will conduct a brief phone interview to assess your eligibility. If you are eligible, you will be invited into the lab for two sessions, scheduled one week apart. You will also complete one online questionnaire. In the lab, you may be asked to make a short statement to a video camera. In both sessions you will be asked to fill out questionnaires about your mood and your perception of yourself. At the end of the second session, you will participate in a clinical interview.

Eligibility: Adults age 18-65 with high social anxiety AND no depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, or current drug use.

Location: Kenny building, UBC campus, between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

Contact Information: Email us at aldenlab@psych.ubc.ca or call 604-822-5047. Please reference the study “Self and Social Perception” and let us know some times that we can contact you on the phone for 10-15 minutes.

Reimbursement/Time: $60 for 2 hours of your time. The first session will take 30 minutes and the second session will take 60 minutes. The online questionnaire takes approximately 5 minutes.

Study End Date: Study posted January 8, 2019. No end date specified.


UBC Cognition Study

Researcher: Dr. Sheila Woody (PI)

Description: Are you BURIED IN TREASURES? You are not alone. Severe clutter or hoarding affects 1 in 20 people.

Participation in this study takes approximately 4 hours and is done here at UBC. If you decide to participate, you will attend an assessment that will involve and interview and cognitive testing. We will interview you about your personal feelings and experiences, as well as ask questions about your home. We will also do some cognitive testing in which you will be asked to answer questions, look at pictures, and solve problems with blocks or other physical objects. There will also be some computerized tasks and questionnaires.

Eligibility: Fluent English speakers ages 19+. Participants must first complete a phone eligibility interview with a research assistant which will take about 15-25 minutes of your time. You must not have participated in the UBC Cognition Study previously.

Location: Douglas Kenny Psychology Building, 2136 West Mall, UBC

Contact Information: cognitionstudy@psych.ubc.ca or 604-822-8025

Reimbursement/Time: The study will take about 4 hours and participants will be given a $40 honorarium.

Study End Date: No end date specified. Posted March 13, 2019.


Impact of dart-throwing practice on self-confidence and skill learning

Researcher: Sowmya (RA), and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI)

Description:
Participants are needed for UBC study to investigate learning of a dart-throwing task. We examine how self-confidence can be affected by practice. Physiological measures of your heart rate and skin conductance levels will be measured during the experiment. None of these measures are invasive. You will wear a wrist strap, finger strap and have two disposable electrodes attached to your left palm. Reflective stickers would also be attached to your right shoulder, elbow, wrist and finger (hence wear a sleeveless shirt if possible!). Videos of your arm movement during dart throwing will also be recorded for analysis purposes. These video recordings will be accessed only by the experimenters and will be saved in a password-protected computer, locked in the laboratory.

Eligibility:
Due to the nature and aims of this study, we are only recruiting participants who:
1) Right-handed females only
2) Age: 19-50 or 18-50 (for UBC students)
3) Have perfect or corrected vision
4) No injuries to upper limbs or any known neurological disorder where overall movement will be adversely affected and atypical of the general population
5) Good written and verbal English proficiency (there will be questions and plenty of instructions)
6) Have *not* played darts or have minimal experience in dart throwing (**please check with Teresa via email)
7) NOT competitive athletes in a sport involving throwing accuracy with the upper limbs (e.g. basketball, softball; **check with Teresa if in doubt).

Location: 6081 University Boulevard (War Memorial Gym in Room 300 located on 3rd floor near bleachers) (http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=428)

Contact Information: 
Please contact Sowmya at KIN.MSL@ubc.ca Note: Please include “ATTN: DARTS” 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 2 consecutive days. Day 1 will take ~1.5 hrs and Day 2 will take ~30 min. Participants will be paid $12.65/hr (total time commitment ~2 hrs).

Study End Date:
 Ongoing


Study of Online Shared Accounts

Researcher: Borke Obada-Obieh, Yue Huang, and Prof. Konstantin Beznosov

Description: Participant will be involved in an interview session with UBC researchers.  Participant will be interviewed either in person or over a video call.

Eligibility: In the last 12 months, participants must have stopped using an online account (e.g., Netflix, Amazon, online bank account), shared with either their romantic partner, parent, or child. OR participants are attempting to stop using a shared online account.

Location: At the participants’ preferred location or over a Skype video call.

Contact Information: Potential participants can take the eligibility survey using this link https://bit.ly/2S17lPS or send an email to Borke Obada-Obieh via borke@ece.ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be compensated with $20 (for in-person interviews) or $20 Amazon Gift Card (for video interviews)/ Interviews will take about 1 hour.

Study End Date: Study posted January 4. No end date.


Experiment on face memory

Researcher: Manuela Malaspina, Andrea Albonico and Jason Barton (PI)

Description: This study aims at investigating the role of eye-movements in face memory. The study consists of a behavioural experiment on a computer: participants will be asked to memorize a face and later to recognize it among other faces. Eye-movements will be recorded with a small video-camera during the experiment.

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 Manuela Malaspina for more information at manu.malaspina(at)gmail.com.

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will receive $15 for their participation. The study will approximately take about 1 hour to complete.

Start and End Date: no end date specified. Posted on December 5, 2018.


Aging and vision with eye-tracking

Researcher: Doris Chow (Post-doc) and Miriam Spering (PI)

Description: This study is about motion sensitivity and eye movements. You will look at visual stimuli presented on a monitor while your eye movements are being recorded with a video camera. You will also be asked to make manual responses to the specific features of the stimulus. Some of these judgments will be easy and other more difficult. Basic vision tests will also be performed.

Eligibility: 19-45 or 65-85 years old; normal or corrected-to-normal visual acuity (at least 20/40); no history of neurological, psychiatric or eye diseases (such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or ‘lazy eye’)

Location: VGH, 818 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Contact Information: please email doris.hm.chow@ubc.ca for inquiries and scheduling

Reimbursement/Time: $15 at the completion of the study (60-75mins including breaks, one visit); if you do not fulfill the visual acuity requirement of the study such that we cannot proceed with the experiment, you will be compensated for $5 for your time.

Study End Date: No end date. Posted November 20, 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.

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