Paid Participants Studies List

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Current Studies

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

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

Last updated: 2022 August 14


 Sleeping in VR (In-person)

Researcher: Michael Yin (grad student), Robert Xiao (PI)

Description: In this study, we investigate people’s responses to sleeping in VR (as well as our app that facilitates it). Participants will first be asked to fill out a demographic survey. The main part of this study then involves participants coming in and appraising the application (i.e. thinking aloud as they navigate the VR application), as well as then using the application (i.e. taking a brief ~30 minute nap while wearing the VR headset).

After which, the participant will answer a survey about their experience, as well as discuss their thoughts in an interview with the researcher. The entire study is expected to last around 90 minutes.

Eligibility: In order to participate, participants must:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • In addition, participants should be ready to (or at least try to) nap for approximately 30 minutes during the duration of this study

Location: ICICS Building (2366 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4), Room X521.

Contact Information: Email me at jiyin@cs.ubc.ca and include “VR Sleep Study” in the subject line.

Reimbursement/Time: $24 for approximately 90 minutes

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted August 11, 2022


Visual Anticipation Darts (Left-handed males needed)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study End Date: Ongoing.  Posted August 8th


Daily Mobility Patterns

Researcher: Melanie Butt, Dr. Todd C. Handy

Description: The purpose of this study is to assess the relationship between cognitive functioning, mood, and daily mobility patterns, i.e. distance and time spent away from home. Over the course of two weeks, your daily movements will be tracked via Google Maps, and you will complete short, daily, self-report assessments of your cognitive status and mood.

You will also complete multiple self-report assessments of your cognitive status and mood, as well as a demographics questionnaire, during two in-lab sessions. You will also be asked to share your Google Maps location data at the end of the study, which will be collected through your Google account via your smartphone device. No identifying information will be stored in connection to your location data, which will be anonymized from the time of export of your data. If you would like to view the consent form prior to signing up for the study, or have any questions about the procedure, feel free to contact the researcher, Melanie Butt (mbutt@psych.ubc.ca).

Note: there are 3 parts to this study: 2 in-lab sessions (30 minutes each) and a daily survey component (<5 minutes/day), totalling 2 hours of participation.

Eligibility: In order to participate, you must

  • be 18 years or older,
  • be an undergraduate or graduate student OR have recently graduated from UBC,
  • have a Google account,
  • have a smartphone capable of downloading Google Maps, and
  • be capable of leaving your home daily (e.g., not currently be under quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19).

Location: Douglas Kenny Building (2136 West Mall), Room 3407

Contact Information: To sign up for participation, please contact attentionlab@psych.ubc.ca, and include “Daily Mobility Patterns Study” in the subject line.

Reimbursement/Time: $20 Amazon gift card for 2 hours

Study End Date: December 2022


Eye tracking and face processing in monolingual adults

Researcher: Nadia Gregoire (RA) and Dr. Jason Barton (PI)
Description: We are looking for MONOLINGUAL adults. This research study is looking at how bilingualism can affect how we process language cues from the face (e.g. lipreading) and social cues from the face (e.g. identity and emotion). We will show you images and videos of faces on a screen. Some videos will also have sound playing. You will need to tell us if the face is the same as another face we showed you before, what the person said, and what emotion they were displaying. You will do this by pressing buttons on a keyboard. We will track where your eyes are looking on the screen through these tests. We do not touch your eyes or make a video recording of your face.
Eligibility: 18+ years of age, English as your first and preferred language, monolingual – defined as did not grow up in a bilingual environment and do not know a second spoken language to a highly proficient level (high school French is OK) -, not fluent in a signed language, with normal or corrected-to-normal vision, typical hearing without a hearing aid or cochlear implant, no history of neurological illness or language disorders.
Location: The experiment will take place at the Human Vision and Eye Movement Lab at the Eye Care Centre, VGH, 2550 Willow Street, Vancouver, V5Z 0A6.

Contact Information: If you are interested, take a short survey to find out if you are eligible for the study. After completing the survey, IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE, a researcher will contact you to set up the research appointment:

If you have any questions about the study, please email Nadia at Nadia.Gregoire@mail.ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: This involves one in-person research visit. The study will take approximately 1hr 30 mins to complete. To say thank you, participants will receive an Amazon gift card for taking part.
Study End Date:  August 2nd to 31st 2022

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

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

Description: We are now looking for participants to work in groups and solve café operational problems in a virtual scenario. The outcome of this experiment will be used to develop facilitation guidelines for problem-solving collaboration with and without technologies.
  • Experiment settings: You will be randomly assigned to either one of the meeting formats in face-to-face, online-only, or hybrid. 
    • Face-to-face: you will participate the experiment in dyad from the same meeting room
    • Online-only: you will participate the experiment in dyad from different meeting rooms through zoom
Eligibility: 19 years old or older; those can communicate, read, and write in English fluently
Location: All sessions will take place in 4th-floor meeting rooms, Fred Kaiser Building at UBC. No remote session will be conducted.
Contact Information: Yingting Chen (chen-yingting@g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp)
Reimbursement/Time: $30 Amazon gift card for 2.5 hours
Study End Date: October 17th, 2022

Effect of behavioural tasks on capsaicin-induced secondary hyperalgesia (In-person)

Researcher: Nicole Bailey (MSc student), Dr. John (Kip) Kramer (PI)

Description: Participants will be asked to fill out a demographics survey and three questionnaires (15 minutes in total). Participants will then come to ICORD for a single 90 minute testing session. Pinpricks tests will be conducted to assess mechanical pain perception. Pinpricks will feel sharp but will not pierce skin. Participants will undergo a short behavioural task and have capsaicin cream applied to their forearm. During four 10 minute periods of the experiment, cardiac outcomes will be recorded by a Finometer Pro, which non-invasively monitors cardiac outcomes with an inflatable finger cuff.

Eligibility:

  • English speaking adults between the ages 19 and 45 (inclusive) who are able to provide informed consent.
  • Must be free of chronic pain (pain lasting >3 months) and not taking any psychoactive medication.
  • Cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Must be free of neurological or psychiatric condition (e.g., neuropathic pain, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar, fibromyalgia, spinal cord injury, etc.).
  • Cannot have had previous negative reactions to topical capsaicin application, or have skin disorders or tattoos on the forearm.
  • No alcohol or other drug use in the 24-hours prior to testing.
  • No smoking, vaping, exercising or consuming coffee one hour prior to experimentation.
  • No participation in a previous study that involved a public speech.

Location: Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (818 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9)

Contact Information: Please contact Nicole Bailey at nicoleba@student.ubc.ca or 604-675-8876

Reimbursement/Time: Participants will be asked to come to Blusson Spinal Cord Centre for a 90 minute in-person testing session. Prior to the testing day, participants will be asked to fill out a short demographics form, COVID-19 survey, and 3 short questionnaires on UBC-hosted Qualtrics, which will take 15 minutes total. An honorarium for participation is available.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted July 26, 2022


Reward Sensitivity and Avoidance in Depression (RSAD) Study (Online)

ResearcherAlex Terpstra, Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty (PI)
DescriptionResearchers at the UBC Hospital Mood Disorders Centre and UBC Department of Psychology are trying to learn more about how emotionally arousing experiences influence learning, memory, decision-making, and behaviour in people with depression.
EligibilityYou may be eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following requirements:
  • You are between the ages of 18 and 65.
  • You are currently experiencing symptoms of depression (eg. low mood, loss of interest in most activities).
  • You are not currently regularly using cannabis/cannabis products, stimulants, opiates or other drugs.
  • You are not currently taking medications for depression, anxiety, or another mental health condition.
  • You have access to a computer and internet for online video conferencing calls.
LocationOnline using Zoom
Contact InformationPlease email rsad.study@psych.ubc.ca if you would like more information or wish to participate in the study.
Reimbursement/TimeThe study involves three parts: (1) a phone screening interview via Zoom for 20-30 minutes, (2) A clinical consultation with the psychiatrist for 1 – 1.5 hours via Zoom to determine your eligibility, (3) A Virtual Zoom testing session for approximately 2.5 hours consisting of a structured clinical interview, online computer tasks and the completion of online questionnaires.If you are confirmed eligible during the clinical consultation and consent to participate in the testing session, you will be provided a total of $40 honorarium for your participation.
Study End DateAugust 31, 2023

Line IT (online)

Researcher: Ronald Rensink (PI), Sherry Wang (Project Leader), Flora Zhi (Project Leader), Olivia Xu, Taina Dauzaker

Description: Are our visual systems smarter than we think? We want to investigate whether changing the global configuration of the display will affect the time it takes to find the target. Participants will complete a visual search task on their computer.

Eligibility:

  • Must be between 18-35 years of age. Please make sure your internet has enough bandwidth to share your screen with us for the duration of the study.

Location: Online (zoom)

Contact Information: Flora Zhi fzhi@student.ubc.ca

Reimbursement/Time: $10 for approximately 50 minutes of study

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted July 15, 2022


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

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

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

Eligibility:

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

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

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

Reimbursement/Time:

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

Time:

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

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted on July 14, 2022


Subliminally Yours (Online)

Researcher: Ronald Rensink (PI), Sherry Wang (Project Leader), Tiffany Wu, Ying Zeng, Isha Verma, Tsubasa Shima, Yuxuan Li

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:

  • Must be between 18-35 years of age. Please make sure your internet has enough bandwidth to share your screen with us for the duration of the study.

Location: Online (zoom)

Contact Information: Sherry Wang sherryw0701@outlook.com

Reimbursement/Time: $10 for approximately 50 minutes of study through e-transfer

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted July 12, 2022


ROAR CANADA: Craving Associations to Relevant Electroencephalography Signals (CARES; In-person)

Researcher: Tanisse Teale and Dr. Christian Schutz
Description: Craving has been highly discussed in as a central risk factor in addiction research but what is not known is the pattern of craving over an extended period of abstinence. ROAR CANADA CARES utilizes electroencephalography (EEG) to identify neural markers that show craving through a computer picture task. We are also using a control group, which includes individuals without a history of psychiatric disorder or substance use disorder, to help us understand what results may be generalizable to every person and which results are specific to having a concurrent disorder.
Eligibility:
  • 19 or older
  • Proficient in English
  • Healthy (including no current psychiatric illness or substance dependence, and no history of major head injury)
Location: 430 – 5950 University Blvd – David Strangway Building, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3
Contact Information: BRAIN Lab Research Team, brainlab.cares@ubc.ca
Reimbursement/Time: Up to $60, 6 sessions once a month for 5 months, totalling 6 hours (sessions can range from 35 minutes to 60 minutes)
Study End Date: February 2023

Visual-motor experience and motor imagery in hand gestures (In-person)

Researcher: Minghao Ma (RA), Ryan Jin (RA), Carrie Peters, Dr. Matthew Scott, Dr. Sarah Kraeutner, and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI; School of Kinesiology, UBC)
Description: Participants are needed for a UBC study to investigate processes used in motor imagery. In this research study we examine motor imagery processes before and after physical and observational practice. Participants will practice with a partner. This study is being run by the Motor Skills Lab in the School of Kinesiology by principal investigator Dr. Nicola Hodges.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this study, you must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Between 18 and 50 years old
  • No experience with visual sign languages (such as American Sign Language)
  • Right-hand dominant for most skills
  • Normal to corrected-to-normal vision
  • No known physical disorders or injuries to impede full body movement
  • No known neurological disorders
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Must be able to understand and speak English
Location: 300A in the War Memorial Gym (6081 University Blvd; http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=428).
Contact Information: If you meet the eligibility criteria, please email kin.msl@ubc.ca and include “Motor imagery” in the subject line. In your email, please include a UBC email (if available), a phone number, your gender and availability over the next two weeks.
Reimbursement/Time: The study is estimated to take up to 1 hour and 45 minutes across one visit. Participants will be reimbursed $15.65 per hour.
Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted June 30 2022

SHIVA perceptual modes experiment

Researcher: Sogol Ghattan, Tainá Dauzaker, Katerina Li, Christine Song, Kevin Zhang, Isabel Zorrila, Ronald Rensink (PI)
Description:  We are investigating various possible influences on visual search, an experimental paradigm used to study the attentional processing of visual stimuli. Furthermore, we are interested in discovering a predictable relationship, if any, which exists between the viewing of particular stimuli and participants’ mode of attentional engagement.
Eligibility:
  • Online: In order to participate, your computer screen must be at least 16cm in height (not including the bevels). You must also be willing to share your screen and turn on your webcam for the duration of the experiment.
  • In-person: being able to come to the UBC campus Kenny building.
Location:  UBC Kenny Building , Room 3204
Contact Information: 
Reimbursement/Time: $10 for approximately 40 minutes of study
Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted June 23, 2022

Visual and Kinesthetic Contributions (In-person)

Researcher: Annika Szarka, Braelyn Gandossi, Gregg Eschelmuller, Romeo Chua (PI)

Description: We are conducting a number of studies designed to examine the interactions between vision and kinesthesis in the control and adaptation of voluntary movement. We are interested in the role of sensory and error signals in motor control. In this study, you will be asked to make reaching movements in response to visual targets. Your primary goal will be to make target-directed reaches as quickly and accurately as possible under a variety of visual and kinesthetic sensory conditions. A computer-controlled motion analysis system will be used to monitor eye and hand movements. Visual and kinesthetic stimuli will be presented via visual displays and muscle vibration, respectively.

Eligibility: You may be able to participate if:

  • Age 18-35
  • Right-Handed
  • Have normal or corrected vision
  • No known neurological disorder
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19

Location: Room 202, Osborne Ctr Unit 2, 6108 Thunderbird Blvd, UBC Vancouver Campus

Contact Information: If you are interested in participating, please send an email to pmdlab.ubc@gmail.com. We will be in touch with further study information and scheduling.

Reimbursement/Time: The study consists of one session of testing, approximately 60-75 minutes. Participants will receive a $10 honorarium for participation.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted June 14.


Exploring Eating and Mental Health in a Daily Diary Study (Online)

Researcher: Arezoo Shahnaz (graduate student), Dr. E. David Klonsky (Principal Investigator)

Description: We are looking for young adults (age 18-35) to participate in a daily diary study on eating behaviours, mental health, and suicide. This research will help mental health professionals better understand and meet the needs of people who experience eating concerns and suicidal thoughts. This research would not be possible without the support of interested participants.

The study involves one brief virtual visit (video call) to get set up and answering short questionnaires 3 times a day for 7 days using your smartphone (iPhone/android).

Eligibility: In order to participate, you must

  • Be between the ages of 18-35
  • Currently reside in British Columbia
  • Own a smartphone capable of downloading apps (ExpiWell)
  • Engage in certain eating behaviours AND experience suicidal thoughts

Location: Online

Contact Information: If you are interested, take a short survey to find out if you are eligible for the study. After completing the survey, IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE, a researcher will contact you to set up the initial visit:

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bpcnd63kXzrjZ78

Reimbursement/Time: If you are eligible for the study, you will attend one brief virtual visit (video call) to get set up and answering short questionnaires 3 times a day for 7 days using your smartphone(iPhone/android). You will have the opportunity to earn up to $55 in Amazon.ca gift cards

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted 2022 June 3rd.


Sequency Learning Dyad Keypress (In-person)

Researcher: Aneesha Mehta (RA), Georgia Grieve, Dr. Matthew Scott and Dr. Nicola Hodges (PI; School of Kinesiology, UBC)

Description: One-off research participant for research project in the School of Kinesiology (right-handed females only). You will be asked to come to the War Memorial Gym to take part in a study looking at the cognitive and behavioural processes involved in motor learning. We will study how people practice and learn various patterns of keystrokes across two days of practice. This study requires attendance of 2 sessions (1 session/day for 2 consecutive days). Day 1 will last approximately 1h 15 minutes. Day 2 will last approximately 30 minutes. Participants may, or may not, learn the task with another participant (depending on group allocation).

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

  • Female adult (age 18-35)
  • Right-hand dominant
  • Normal vision or wear corrective lenses
  • No injury to the right hand
  • Must be English speaking
  • Must be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • No known neurological disorders
  • No previous participation in a similar study (involving keystroke patterns) conducted by the Motor Skills Laboratory (if in doubt, please check with Aneesha, email: Kin.msl@ubc.ca)

Location: Room 24A (basement level) in the War Memorial Gym (6081 University Blvd; http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=428).

Contact Information: If you meet the qualifications below, please email Aneesha to indicate interest (resume NOT required). In your email provide a UBC email (if applicable), a phone number and your availability over the coming weeks. Please include “ATTN: Keypress” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Reimbursement/Time: The study is estimated to take up to 2 hours across the two days. Participants will be reimbursed $16.65 per hour.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted May 30, 2022


Gaze Behaviour & Postural Control (In-person)

Researcher: Emma Reiter (MSc student) & Dr. Mark Carpenter (PI)

Description: This study seeks to understand how this gaze behaviour interacts with postural control. The study will involve seated and standing trials with different simple eye movement tasks. Different aspects of balance and muscle control will be measured during the trials (e.g. forceplates, EMG).

Eligibility:

  • We are recruiting healthy control participants between the ages of 18-40 years old.
  • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision is required (i.e. glasses or contact lenses are okay, but no bifocal lenses).
  • If you have any causes of balance or cognitive impairment or have had eye surgery or eye disease you are not eligible to participate at this time.

Location: Neural Control of Posture and Movement Laboratory, R.F. Osborne Center Unit 2 (6108 Thunderbird Blvd), UBC

Contact Information: If you are interested in participating, please send an email to Emma at emma.reiter@ubc.ca. We will be in touch with further study information and scheduling.

Reimbursement/Time: The study consists of one session of testing, approximately 2.5 hours in length. Participants will receive a $10 honorarium for participation.

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted May 30, 2022


Bipolar Disorder Imaging Study (In-person)

Researcher: MSc Student: Karling Luciani, PI: Dr. Christian Schutz

Description: The UBC B.R.A.I.N Lab hopes to better understand impulsivity differences between people with Bipolar Disorder (BD) and healthy individuals. Specifically, this study will look at:

  1. The link between regions of brain activity and impulsivity
  2. A non-invasive intervention called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to help reduce the risk of impulsive behaviors.
  3. This study will be the baseline for further exploration of impulsivity and inhibition as part of decision-making processes in BD individuals.

In over 4 visits (10.5-11.5 hours in total), you will:

  • Have your brain activity measured using fMRI and EEG
  • Answer questions about your background, health, mood, and behaviour
  • Play decision making computer games
  • Receive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Eligibility:

  1. You are between 19 and 45 years old
  2. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, in the euthymic state
  3. No other major physical or mental illness
  4. Proficient in English

Location: The research will be conducted at 3 UBC sites: the David Strangway research office, the Centre for Brain Health (MRI Centre – Fipke Neuroimaging Suite), and Detwiller Pavilion of UBC Hospital.

Contact Information: Contact the B.R.A.I.N Lab via email brainlab.hri@ubc.ca or phone: 604-827-4287.

Reimbursement/Time: For participation in all 4 sessions, you can receive up to $95.

Study End Date: January 2023


Darts visual anticipation exp4 (In-person)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted May 17, 2022


Visual-motor adaptation (In-person)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted May 6, 2022


Visual Anticipation Darts (In-person)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted May 5, 2022


Perinatal Anxiety Screening Effectiveness Study (Online)

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

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted April 25, 2022


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

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

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

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

Location: Online and at home

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

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

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted April 15, 2022


Practice scheduling in pairs (In-person)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted Apr 7, 2022


The Emotion Study (In-person)

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

Duration: 3 hours

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

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

Location:

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

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

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

Study End Date: August 2022


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

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

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

Eligibility:

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

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

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

Reimbursement/ Time:

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

Study Duration: Ongoing. Posted 2022 Feb 28.


Bothered by fidgeting? – EEG 

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

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

Study participation involves:

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

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

Study End Date: August 2022


Developing perceptual skills for pitch recognition in baseball (Online)

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

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

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

Location: Online

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

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

Study End Date: Ongoing. Posted 2022 Feb 7


Attention study – EEG 

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

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

Study participation involves:

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

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

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

Contact Information: alyssa.e.sutherland@gmail.com 

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

Study End Date: August 2022


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

Perceptions of ageing and hearing (Online)

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

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

Eligibility:

Eligible participants must meet the following criteria:

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

Location: Online (Zoom)

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

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

Study End Date: Ongoing


Influence of Physiological Arousal on Cognition (Online)

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

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

 


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