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.**
  • The Importance of Cognitive Factors in Hearing Aid Design (092917B)

    We are seeking individuals who wish to take part in a study of shared attention, more specifically in how we are attend to a source of speech in an environment that contains a number of speakers. This study constitutes research. Listeners will sit in the middle of this simulated “party” and a
    visual display will direct attention to the “primary source.” Using buttons, the subject will answer a string of questions taken from the various speakers. There will be a small financial reward for each correct answer and
    encouragement for attending to the preferred place will be given by presenting the majority of questions from that location. To make it interesting, the direction of attention will be changed during the course of
    listening. It is kind of fun.
    Please contact Berkeley.EarLab@gmail.com if you wish to participate in this study.

    (092917B)

    Contact Name:
    Email: berkeley.earlab@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: Hafter Auditory Perception Lab
    For all the details click here view

  • Simple versus Complex Decision-Making (092917A)

    Study Description:
    This study will have you perform a decision-making task that asks you to watch simple animations of shapes, moving dots and colors on a computer screen and then respond to features of the animation display by pressing buttons on a keyboard. It investigates how we make simple, visual-perception decisions versus how we make more complex, abstract decisions. All sessions take place on the UC Berkeley campus in the Berkeley Imaging Center.

    Compensation:
    - $12/hour for training sessions
    - $20/hour for scanning sessions
    - In total, expect to earn about $340, though there will be some fluctuation based on actual hours of participation.

    Time commitment:
    - 5 training sessions at a laptop, 1.5 hours each (an hour and a half)
    - 5 scanning sessions in the fMRI scanner,  2.5 hours each (2 and a half hours)
    - In total, the study requires about 20 hours. The sessions will all occur within 2-7 days of each other, based on your schedule and the fMRI scanner availability. Please do not opt-in for the study unless you can commit to all 10 sessions.

    Eligibility requirements:
    • Between the ages of 18 and 40
    • Right-handed
    • Fluent in English reading and writing
    • Not taking any psychoactive medications
    • Without history of neurological or psychiatric illness
    • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision with contact lenses (no glasses)
    • Normal hearing
    • No metal implants in your body (dental fillings are ok)
    • No claustrophobia
     

    (092917A)

    Contact Name: Melissa Newton
    Email: ucberkeley.decision.research@gmail.com
    Phone: (208) 391-4348
    Wesbite: Volunteers Needed
    For all the details click here view

  • Emotion and Cognition Study (082417A)

    The Bishop Lab is running a study investigating how people learn to detect danger.

    The experiment will consist of a 1.5 hr session. During the first half an hour you will be completing questionnaires, and for the rest of the time you’ll complete a main computerized task (1 hr).

    During the main task, you will be looking at abstract images in a computer screen while we record your pupil size using a camera, and skin conductance using a pair of electrodes attached to your left hand. During part of the task, you will receive short bursts of electrical stimulation and hear loud screams. You will be able to select the maximum levels that you are willing to receive for both the electrical stimulation and the scream volume.
    Volunteers must be right-handed, age 18-40 with normal or corrected-to-normal vision (with contact lenses, not glasses). You will be compensated $25 for completing this session. This experimental session is also being offered for RPP credit (1.5 credits)

    If you are interested, please email affectivecogneurolab04@gmail.com

    (082417A)

    Contact Name:
    Email: affectivecogneurolab04@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://bishoplab.berkeley.edu/
    For all the details click here view

  • Studying the mechanisms underlying how cognition and emotion interact (081117A)

    The Bishop Lab is running a study investigating how people make decisions when trying to avoid bad outcomes, minimize loss, or maximize reward. The tasks will take place in two sessions over consecutive days, and involve questionnaires and computerized tasks.

    One computerized task involves making decisions to avoid electrical stimulation, which will vary in intensity during the task. YOU will be able to choose the maximum level of stimulation that you receive. The other computerized task involves making decision to earn a bonus payment (up to $10 extra).

    Volunteers must be right-handed, age 18-40 with normal or corrected-to-normal vision (with contact lenses). You will receive a payment of $15 per hour, a bonus of $10 for coming back for sessions 2 (in addition to any bonus you may receive in session 2 based on task performance). Base compensation will be $70 for the full two sessions, with a potential 0-$10 bonus. If you prefer, experimental sessions 1 and 2 are also being offered for RPP credit (1 credit per hour – so 4 in total, and 1 extra credit for completing both sessions).

    If this interests you, please email affectivecogneurolab01@gmail.com

    (081117A)

    Contact Name:
    Email: affectivecogneurolab01@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
    For all the details click here view

  • Cognitive Control Research (080817A)

    We are looking for healthy volunteers for a research study on cognitive control. You will complete screening paperwork and perform tasks on a computer (1-1.5 hrs). You will be compensated $20 per hour for participation.

    Minimum requirements:

    - 18-35 years old, right-handed, normal color vision, not taking any psychoactive medication

    Please email despo.control@gmail.com for eligibility details and to schedule a time to participate.

    (080817A)

    Contact Name: Pauline Baniqued
    Email: despo.control@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: D'Esposito Lab: A Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
    For all the details click here view

  • SLCN: Science of Learning in Adolescence (063017A)

    The Collins Lab is looking for subjects to participate in a study about learning and memory. Participants will play computer games, answer questionnaires, and provide a saliva sample. Experiments last around 2 hours and take place in Tolman Hall at Berkeley. Subjects will be reimbursed for their time with a $25 Amazon gift card with the opportunity for receiving another $25 if you return further saliva samples. We are looking for participants aged 25-30.

    (063017A)

    Contact Name: Maria Eckstein
    Email: ccnlab@berkeley.edu
    Phone:
    Wesbite:
    For all the details click here view

  • Frontal Cortex and Executive Function(041618A)

    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

    CPHS#2010-02-781

    (041618A)

    Contact Name: Natasha Young
    Email: despomri@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite:
    For all the details click here view

  • Neurophysiological Attention Test (NAT) (012717A)

    We are seeking adults (aged 18-40) with suspicion of or diagnosis of ADHD 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.

     

    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/
    For all the details click here view

  • Group Oxytocin Study (031017A)

    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  

    (031017A)

    Contact Name: Band Lab
    Email: BANDLab@ucsf.edu
    Phone: (415) 933-7096
    Wesbite:
    For all the details click here view

  • Pharmacology Study on Dopamine and Decision Making (030617A)

    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

    (030617A)

    Contact Name: Taylor Vega
    Email: berkeleyresearchcenter@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://neuroecon.berkeley.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: Dillan Cellier
    Email: desposubjects@gmail.com
    Phone: 562-208-6325
    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/
    For all the details click here view

  • 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/
    For all the details click here view

  • 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
    For all the details click here view

  • 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
     
     

    Contact Name: Daniella Furman
    Email: calbrainstudy@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://despolab.berkeley.edu
    For all the details click here view

  • 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/
    For all the details click here view