RSVP (Research Subject Volunteer Pool)
Thank you for your interest in participating in research through the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley. Listed below you will find new and ongoing studies that are in need of participants. Each study is administered independently and may have specific requirements for participation. For more information on the study or to volunteer to participate, please contact the lab directly.

 

**Researcher use of the RSVP is limited to Psychology Department faculty, graduate students, postdocs, honors students, postbacs, and lab managers.**
  • Neurophysiological Attention Test (NAT)

    We are seeking healthy adults, ages 18-40, to participate in our electroencephalography (EEG) study on attention. The study aims to understand mechanisms of attention.

     

    Involves: (1) three 2-3 hour visits to UC Berkeley, (2) cognitive/ educational assessments, interview & brain wave (EEG) exams, and (3) the data collected will not become part of your medical records.

     

    Payment: Participants will be financially reimbursed for your participation.

     

    If you are interested in participating, please contact us at (510)643-3437 or at berkeleyNATstudy@gmail.com.

     

    CPHS Approval #15-001497

    (012717A)

    Contact Name: Mercedes Oliva
    Email: berkeleyNATstudy@gmail.com
    Phone: (510)643-3437
    Wesbite: http://hinshawsubdomain.dreamhosters.com/
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  • Representational code and causal mechanisms of prefrontal regulation of emotion

    The D'Esposito lab is seeking healthy, young adults to participate in a behavioral study. This study will entail 1(one) behavioral session lasting approximately 60min. Compensation is $20/h.

    Eligibility requirements:
    1) 18-35 years old
    2) Right handed
    3) Able to read and speak English fluently

    To participate or learn more, please email us at ambe.study@gmail.com!

    (032417A)

    2010-02-781

    Contact Name: Regina Lapate
    Email: ambe.study@gmail.com
    Phone: 608-886-6228
    Wesbite:
    For all the details click here view

  • Group Oxytocin Study

    Looking for Healthy Volunteers Age 18-28

    Participate in a study about how the brain works by playing a virtual mission flying a UAV!

    Testing can be scheduled at your convenience.

    Involves:
    - Studying the effects of oxytocin, a naturally occurring hormone that is very safe, on the performance of a group
    - A salt solution nasal spray administration
    - One 3-4hour visit to University of California, Berkeley
    - Compensation is $15/hour, up to $110

    Call: (415) 326-6068 or Email: BANDlab@ucsf.edu

    Must speak English, be in good physical health, and have no history of traumatic brain injury.
    Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you!

     

    This is a UCB and UCSF collaborative study. Our UCSF IRB Protocal #14-15259 and our UC Reliance #1423  

    Contact Name: Band Lab
    Email: BANDLab@ucsf.edu
    Phone: (415) 933-7096
    Wesbite:
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  • Pharmacology Study on Dopamine and Decision Making

    HEALTHY SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR A PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY STUDY:

    UC Berkeley, in collaboration with UC San Francisco, is seeking healthy subjects for a study of medications that may influence decision-making processes. To be eligible, you must:

    1. Be between 18-50 years old
    2. Have no major health problems
    3. Be able to read and speak English
    4. Be able to undergo an MRI scan
    5. Be a non-drinker or a light social drinker (for women: less than 7 drinks / week; for men, less than 8 drinks / week)
    6. Have no significant medical or psychiatric illnesses (such as anxiety or panic disorders, bipolar disease, major depression, or schizophrenia)
    7. Not currently be using any psychoactive medications
    8. Be willing to provide a blood sample for gene testing

    This is a study that involves up to four sessions, on separate days, to take place on the U.C. Berkeley or U.C. San Francisco campuses. On some sessions, you will be given a one-time dose of medication or placebo (sugar pill). As a participant, you will be paid $12/hour for every hour of behavioral testing, $20/hour for every hour of MRI testing, and a completion bonus of $100. We anticipate that subjects who complete the study will earn approximately $300.

    To volunteer, please contact us at (510) 985-3972, or email berkeleyresearchcenter@gmail.com.

     

    CPHS Approval #2011-11-3748

    Contact Name: Taylor Vega
    Email: berkeleyresearchcenter@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://neuroecon.berkeley.edu
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  • Acetylcholine and Spatial Working Memory (012517B)
    Michael Silver’s laboratory in the UC Berkeley School of Optometry is recruiting healthy adults to participate in a pharmacological study of acetylcholine and spatial working memory. Participation in this study involves viewing and responding to images presented on a computer screen. The study consists of three sessions on different days, with each testing session lasting approximately 1-1.5 hours.
     
    The first session is a screening session, and if you meet all eligibility criteria, you will be invited back for the additional sessions. Two of the subsequent sessions are pharmacology sessions. In each of these sessions, you will take a small dose of either placebo or donepezil (trade name Aricept), a commonly prescribed Alzheimer's medication. Because we must wait 3 hours after administering the medication to allow for absorption, the two pharmacology sessions last for ~4 hours each. During the 3 hours of waiting time, you would be free to do work, read, and use a computer, but you must remain in the lab. These hours will count towards your compensation.
     
    Compensation for study participation is $12/hour for all lab sessions in addition to a $50 bonus for successfully completing all of the sessions.
     
    To be eligible, subjects must:
    1. Be at least 18 years of age
    2. Have normal (20/20) or corrected to 20/20 vision. If you have corrective contact lenses or glasses, please bring them with you to all sessions.
    3. Not smoke tobacco
    4. Not have asthma or other lung problems or have heart arrhythmia
    5. Not be on any medication that affects the central nervous system (such as medication for treatment of depression or attention deficit disorder) or take supplements that affect central nervous system function (such as St. John's Wort or Ginkgo Biloba)
    6. Not be pregnant. Women of childbearing age will be provided with and asked to administer a home pregnancy test prior to each pharmacology session.
     
    To participate or learn more, please contact Adeola Harewood at harewood@berkeley.edu
     
    CPHS Approval # 2010-01-567

    Contact Name: Adeola Harewood
    Email: harewood@berkeley.edu
    Phone: 510 642-3134
    Wesbite: http://argentum.ucbso.berkeley.edu
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  • Dopamine and Spatial Working Memory (012517C)
    Michael Silver’s laboratory in the UC Berkeley School of Optometry is recruiting healthy adults to participate in a pharmacological study of dopamine and spatial working memory. Participation in this study involves viewing and responding to images presented on a computer screen. It consists of three sessions on different days, with each testing session lasting approximately 1-1.5 hours.
     
    The first session is a screening session, and if you meet all eligibility criteria, you will be invited back for the additional sessions. Two of the subsequent sessions are pharmacology sessions. In each of these sessions, you will take a small dose of either placebo or levodopa, an FDA-approved drug that temporarily increases the brain’s dopamine levels. Because we must wait ~45 minutes after administering the medication to allow for absorption, the two pharmacology sessions last for about 2-2.5 hours each. During 45 minutes of waiting time, you would be free to do work, read, and use a computer, but you must remain in the lab. This time will count towards your compensation.
     
    Compensation for study participation is $12/hour for all lab sessions in addition to a $50 bonus for successfully completing all of the sessions.
     
    To be eligible, subjects must:
    1. Be at least 18 years of age
    2. Have normal (20/20) or corrected to 20/20 vision. If you have corrective contact lenses or glasses, please bring them with you to all sessions.
    3. Not have asthma or other lung problems or have heart arrhythmia. 
    4. Not have recently used medications that affect dopamine levels (such as tolcapone, levodopa/carbidopa etc.)
    5. Not be pregnant. Women of childbearing age will be provided with and asked to administer a home pregnancy test prior to each pharmacology session.
     
    To participate or learn more, please contact Adeola Harewood at harewood@berkeley.edu
     
    CPHS Approval # 2010-01-567

    Contact Name: Adeola Harewood
    Email: harewood@berkeley.edu
    Phone: 510 642-3134
    Wesbite: http://argentum.ucbso.berkeley.edu
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  • Sleep and Cognition (110716A)
    The Sleep & Neuroimaging Lab is seeking healthy right handed individuals between the ages of 18-30. 
     
    This study will investigate how you perform on 3-4 computer games. The total time to complete the games is about 1 hour. 
     
    You may be invited back to complete a sleep deprivation session and play the same games about 7-10 days later. 
     
    Total compensation for participating in both sessions is up to $100.
     
    Please contact Shai at SleepCognition.Finance@gmail.com to enroll in the study. 
     
     
    (110716A)
     
     
     

    Contact Name: Shai Porat
    Email: sleepcognition.finance@gmail.com
    Phone: 510-642-8777
    Wesbite:
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  • Tolcapone Laboratory Bar (101116A)
    We are seeking moderate to heavy alcoholic drinkers to participate in a pharmacological behavioral study. A sequence of screening and testing sessions take place on the UC Berkeley campus on separate days. Please note: this study requires roughly 16 hours of participation over 7 sessions; two sessions require up to 5-hour blocks of time each. Volunteers must be willing to take an FDA-approved medication. Individuals who complete this study will be eligible to take part in a second MRI study located at the UC Berkeley Brain Imaging Center. 
     
    To volunteer you must:
     
    -Be between 21 and 40 years old
    -Have no significant medial or psychiatric illnesses
    -Be willing to provide a blood sample for genetic testing
    -Be willing to take an FDA approved medicaiton
    -Be willing to participate in two 5 hour drinking sessions at the clinic (Laboratory Bar)
    -Be able to read and speak English
    -If female, not be pregnant or nursing
     
    Reimbursement of approximately $350 for study completion
     
    (101116A)
     
     
     

    Contact Name: Taylor Vega
    Email: labbarstudy@gmail.com
    Phone: 510-985-3522
    Wesbite: https://itn.ucsf.edu/
    For all the details click here view

  • fMRI and TMS Study (092816A)

    Seeking motivated, healthy young adults to participate in an fMRI and TMS study. This study will consist of 4 sessions: a 1hr screening session, a 1 hour MRI session and two 2hr TMS sessions. In each session, you will perform simple perceptual discrimination tasks.
     
    Testing takes place at the UC Berkeley campus. You will be compensated $15/hour.
     
    Participation requirements:

    -not be colorblind

    -be right handed

    -not have any metal on their body (or inside, though a few dental fillings are fine),
    - not have any serious health problems,
    - have normal or corrected-to-normal vision,
    - not be claustrophobic,
    - not be epileptic (or ever had a convulsion or seizure or have family members who ever had epilepsy),
    - not wear colored contact lenses or glasses (clear contacts okay)
    - not have taken medication for any psychological any psychological conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit, etc. in the past three months
    - are motivated to finish a 4-session study.
    - are between the ages of 18 and 35
    - have normal color vision
    - not wear eye makeup to the session
    - not wear anti-bacterial or sweat-proof athletic clothing to the session (these contain metal nanoparticles)
     

    If interested please e-mail desposubjects@gmail.com with subject line "fMRI and TMS Memory Study".

     

    (092816A)

    Contact Name: Sofia Dhanani
    Email: desposubjects@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://despolab.berkeley.edu/
    For all the details click here view

  • 3-week TMS and MRI study (090916A)

    We are seeking participants to take part in a TMS and fMRI experiment. The study involves a brief MRI and TMS session, followed by 6 sessions across 3 consecutive weeks of TMS, fMRI and behavioral (memory) testing (making decisions about images presented on a computer screen).

    The timing requirements of the sessions are as follows:                                                                                                             MRI / TMS session, 1.5-2 hours                                                                                          
    Week 1, Session 1 (30 mins) followed 3 - 7 hours later by Session 2 (1 hour)             
    Week 2, Session 1 (2 hours) followed 3 - 7 hours later by Session 2 (1 hour)            
    Week 3, Session 1 (2 hours) followed 3 - 7 hours later by Session 2 (1 hour)              

    Note that the sessions on Week 1, 2, and 3 must begin at approximately the same time each week (e.g. Session 1 starting at 11am and Session 2 starting at 3pm)                                                    

    Participants will be paid at a rate of $20/hour plus a $40 completion bonus (~$220 total). The experiment will take place on the UC-Berkeley campus. Please email research.tambini@gmail.com with the subject "3 week TMS MRI experiment" if you have any questions and are interested in participating! 
     

    (090916A)

     

     

    Contact Name: Arielle Tambini
    Email: research.tambini@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://despolab.berkeley.edu/
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  • Perception and Memory for Images (053116A)

    The D'Esposito lab is recruiting healthy young adults to participate in computer-based studies of visual perception and memory.

    You will complete screening paperwork, and then perform perception and memory tasks on a computer. The study will take place on the UC Berkeley campus. You will be compensated $12 per hour for participation, with a bonus for completing multiple sessions.

    Please email kiyonaga.research@gmail.com for eligibility details and to schedule a time to participate.

     

    (053116A)

    Contact Name: Anastasia Kiyonaga
    Email: kiyonaga.research@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: https://despolab.berkeley.edu/
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  • Attention and Memory in the Brain (050416A)

    The D’Esposito Lab is seeking healthy young adults to participate in computer-based and MRI studies on attention and memory. We are currently seeking participants for two types of studies:

    1. Computer-based behavioral studies (1-2 hours; $12/hour): You will complete screening paperwork and then perform attention and memory tasks on a computer. The study will take place on the UC Berkeley campus.

    2. MRI studies (Multiple sessions of 1-2 hours; $12/hour): During a screening session (1 hour), you will complete screening forms to ensure that you are eligible for MRI, and you will practice the attention and memory tasks you will be performing in MRI sessions. During two MRI sessions (2 hours each), you will complete screening forms and then perform the tasks while in the MRI scanner. All sessions will take place on the UC Berkeley campus.

    Please email us at despolab.studies@gmail.com if you are interested in participating! Timing of sessions is flexible and we can accommodate your schedule. Multi-session studies will take place on separate days.
     

    Eligibility requirements for all studies:
    1) 18-35 years old
    2) Right handed
    3) Able to read and speak English fluently
    4) Normal color vision (not colorblind)

    Additional requirements for MRI studies:
    5) Not claustrophobic
    6) No metal in your body (braces and fillings in teeth are usually OK)
    7) No glasses (contacts are OK)
    8) Not currently pregnant
    9) Motivated to finish a multi-session study

    (050416A)

     

    Contact Name: Jason Scimeca
    Email: despolab.studies@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://despolab.berkeley.edu/main/content/volunteers-needed
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  • Frontal Cortex and Executive Function (041816)

    The D'Esposito Lab is seeking healthy adults to participate in an fMRI study. The study requires one session that lasts approximately two hours. Participants will be paid $20/hr.

    Eligibility requirements:
    1) 27-83 years old
    2) No metal in your body
    3) Not claustrophobic
    4) Not currently pregnant
    5) No glasses (contacts are okay)

    For more information, email despomri@gmail.com  

    (041816)

     

    Contact Name:
    Email: despomri@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://despolab.berkeley.edu/
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  • Concurrent fMRI/TMS Study (040516B)

    Seeking motivated, healthy young adults to participate in an fMRI/TMS study. This study will consist of 4 sessions: 1 30 min screening session, 1 1 hour MRI session and 2 combined TMS/fMRI sessions of 2 hours. In each session, you will perform simple perceptual discrimination tasks.
     
    Testing takes place at the UC Berkeley campus. You will be compensated $15/hour.
     
    Participation requirements:
    -  not have any metal on their body (or inside, though a few dental fillings are fine),
    - not have any serious health problems,
    - have normal or corrected-to-normal vision,
    - not be claustrophobic,
    - not be epileptic (or ever had a convulsion or seizure or have family members who ever had epilepsy),
    - not wear colored contact lenses or glasses (clear contacts okay)
    - not have taken medication for any psychological any psychological conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit, etc. in the past three months
    - are motivated to finish a 4-session study.
    - are between the ages of 18 and 35
    - have normal color vision
    - not wear eye makeup to the session
    - not wear anti-bacterial or sweat-proof athletic clothing to the session (these contain metal nanoparticles)
     

    If interested please e-mail desposubjects@gmail.com with subject line "Concurrent fMRI/TMS Study".

    (040516B)

    Contact Name: Sofia Dhanani
    Email: desposubjects@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://despolab.berkeley.edu/
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  • The Impulse Working Memory Study (040516A)

    Seeking motivated, healthy young adults to participate in an fMRI study.  Experience in at least one previous fMRI study is necessary. This study will consist of 1 behavioral session of 1-2 hours, and 4 fMRI sessions of 2 hours each. Testing takes place at the UC Berkeley campus.

    In each session, you will perform a working memory task. First, you will be trained outside the MRI scanner. After that, you will perform the task 4 times in the MRI scanner (separate days). You will be compensated $20/hour. Sessions can be planned over breaks as well. Taking a break for finals/going home is not a problem, however the study should be completed within 2 months.

    Participation requirements:
    - Have experience in participating in an fMRI study.
    - Motivated to finish a 5-session study.
    - Between the ages of 18 and 35
    - Normal color vision
    - 20/20 vision without glasses (contacts are ok)
    - Have no metal in your body
    - Not claustrophobic

    Please email
    impulsememorystudy@gmail.com
    for more information and screening.  Thank you!
     

    CPHS Approval #2010-02-781

    (040516A)

    Contact Name: Jenna Collins
    Email: impulsememorystudy@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://despolab.berkeley.edu/
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  • Face Memory (031416A)

    The D’Esposito lab is seeking healthy, young adults to participate in an fMRI study. A sequence of behavioral and MRI scan sessions will take place on the UC Berkeley campus on separate days:

    1. Screening and behavioral training session (<1hr, $20): You will complete fMRI screening forms to ensure that you are eligible for fMRI scanning, and you will learn and practice the tasks you will be performing in the scanner.

    2. Three fMRI sessions (2 hours each, $20/hr): During each session, you will complete screening forms and then participate in an MRI session, during which you will perform simple visual / memory tasks in the scanner.

    Eligibility requirements:
    1) 18-35 years old
    2) Right handed
    3) Current weight over 45 kgs (100 lbs)
    4) Able to read and speak English fluently
    5) No metal in your body and not claustrophobic
    6) No glasses (contacts are ok)
    7) Not currently pregnant

    (031416A)

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Lorenc
    Email: despo.fmri+facemem@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://despolab.berkeley.edu/main/content/volunteers-needed
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  • The Cal Dopamine Study (110714A)
    The D’Esposito Lab is seeking healthy, young adults to participate in a pharmacological fMRI study. A sequence of screening and testing sessions take place on the UC Berkeley campus on separate days. Please note: this study requires roughly 18 hours of participation over 5 session; several sessions require up to 5-hour blocks of time. Individuals who complete this study will be eligible to take part in a second study at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (see below).
     
    Eligibility requirements:
     
    1) 18-30 years old
    2) Right handed
    3) Current weight over 45 kgs (100 lbs)
    4) Able to read and speak English fluently
    5) Non-drinker or light social drinker (less than 7 drinks/week for women, 8 drinks/week for men)
    6) No metal in your body and not claustrophobic
    7) No history of a neurological or psychiatric disorder, or recent history of substance abuse
    8) Not currently using psychoactive medications or taking street drugs (you will be asked to take a urine test)
    9) Willing to provide blood and saliva samples for genetic and health testing.
    10) Not currently pregnant
     
    Compensation:
    Subjects are paid $10/hr for providing a saliva sample for genetic testing and variable amounts for participation in other parts of the study. Based on the estimated number of hours required, eligible subjects who complete the 5 session study will earn approximately $300-350 and those who complete the PET study earn an addition $250.
     
    Each session is described below:
     
    1. Eligibility session (30 minutes): you provide a saliva sample for genetic screening to determine if you are eligible to participate in the study. Genetic results take 4-8 weeks to process. Your eligibility will be determined upon receiving the results of your genetic test.
     
    2. Medical screening session (2.5-3 hours): you will complete a comprehensive health screening with a nurse practitioner, a blood draw, and several questionnaires and behavioral tasks.
     
    3-5. Pharmacological fMRI sessions (4.5-5 hours each): on three different days, you will be given either a one-time dose of an FDA-approved medication that temporarily changes your brain’s dopamine levels, or a placebo (sugar pill), and will participate in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan lasting about 1 hour, as well as a series of computer-based tasks.
     
    Those who complete all 5 sessions will be offered the opportunity to take part in a two-session positron emission tomography (PET) study that will take place at LBNL.
     
     
    To participate or learn more, e-mail us at CalBrainStudy@gmail.com

    CPHS Approval #2010-01-567

    (110714A)

    Contact Name: Daniella Furman
    Email: calbrainstudy@gmail.com
    Phone: 1(240)483-1424
    Wesbite: http://despolab.berkeley.edu
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  • Personalizing Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (101714A)

    The Idiographic Dynamics (ID) Lab is conducting a study on psychotherapy for anxiety and depression. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the utility of a new approach for personalizing therapy for anxiety and depressive disorders. We use a data-driven approach to understand each individual's specific symptoms and experiences and then fine-tune interventions to match the individual's needs. We are also interested in understanding what kinds of individual characteristics predict the outcome of therapy.

    Participants will be compensated with $30 at the initial visit. If interested, please contact us by e-mail at dynamicpsychlab@gmail.com or by phone at (510) 644-4704.

    (101714A)

    Contact Name: Aaron Fisher, Ph.D.
    Email: dynamicpsychlab@gmail.com
    Phone: (510) 664-4705
    Wesbite:
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  • Human Preference for Color and Spatial Compositions (41713A)

    The Palmer Visual Perception Lab is conducting a study on color preferences and associations. Tasks will involve responding to colored displays on the computer screen by pressing keys on the keyboard or clicking on the mouse. If you are interested in participating and have normal color vision, you will be asked to participate in up to five sessions of 1-2 hours each. You will be paid $10 for each hour completed and a $25 completion bonus once you have finished the entire series of sessions.

    (41713A)

    Contact Name:
    Email: aesthetics.lab@gmail.com
    Phone: (510) 642-7135
    Wesbite: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~plab/
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