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.**
  • Interaction of neural circuits for working memory and reinforcement learning (021919A)

    Abstract: Get an MRI, complete a learning task, advance science!

    Description: The CCN Lab at UC Berkeley is looking for research participants! We are now running a study involving functional MRI, which is a noninvasive way of measuring brain activity. Subjects will be paid $15 an hour in cash. UC Berkeley Psychology students may also elect to receive 3 RPP credits in lieu of a cash payment. The study takes three hours of your time and requires that you meet our eligibility requirements. Any native or fluent English speaker between the ages of 18-35 with no significant history of brain injury, mental/psychiatric illness like Parkinson's disease, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression or ADD/ADHD, and no history of alcohol or drug abuse can participate. Participants must also meet MRI safety criteria, as determined with a pre-experiment screening phone call. Participants may not be pregnant or suspect that they might be.

    Please email if you are interested in participating!




    Contact Name:
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  • Aging Research Study (082418A)

    Healthy people age 20 and older are invited to participate in a study to investigate brain changes that occur in normal aging using psychological assessment and brain scans.

    Study Details:
    -When you call to volunteer for this study a research associate will ask you a series of questions to determine your eligibility. 
    -You will be paid $75 for participation in this study.  The study will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete.
    -You will come to the University of California, Berkeley, where you will have a brief medical interview.  Following this, you will take a series of tests designed to assess your thinking abilities. These tests use pencil and paper or computers and involve things such as solving puzzles and remembering lists of words.
    -We will call you periodically to see if you are interested in participating in other studies in laboratories at UC Berkeley.

    -Subjects who are presently not in good health, who have had any history of neurological or psychiatric problems, or who cannot speak English proficiently should not volunteer for the study. 

    If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact the Jagust Lab: 510-643-6609



    Contact Name: Laura Fenton
    Phone: 510-643-6609
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  • Neural correlates of stereopsis (082318A)

    Neural bases of 3D-depth perception

    The Levi and Silver labs are looking for participants with normal or corrected to normal vision. We will measure your 3D-depth perception: 10% of participants lack 3D-depth perception. To measure it, you will look at clouds of dots moving in depth on a computer screen. We will scan your brain after the measure and issue 3D images of your brain to you.

    Conditions of eligibility:

    1) normal or corrected-to-normal vision
    2) Age 18-62
    3) No clear claustrophobia, metal in body, pregnancy, tattoo on face/neck, pacemaker
    4) No neurological or psychiatric disorder, or neuro-active medication

    Visits in Minor Hall: 1 visit for 1.5 hour compensated at $15 per hour (+ parking/BART - special rates)
    Visits in Li Ka Shing Center: 2 visits of 2-3h each compensated at $15 per hour (+ parking/BART - special rates)

    Expected total compensation: $82.50 to $112.50



    Contact Name: Elizabeth Lawler
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  • Blur, Accommodation, and Vision (080618A)

    Human subjects are needed for research experiments in the Banks’ Vision Science Laboratory. The purpose of this research is to investigate the behavior of the visual system and the influence of 3d display properties on it.

    You will be shown objects with different display properties and your task would be to indicate with keyboard presses which objects appear different from the others, or which stimuli are closer/further in depth, or you may be asked to identify letters or textures. Accommodative (focus) response to these targets may be recorded using either a commercially available autorefractor or a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor, an investigational device built in the Banks’ Vision Science Lab. An experimental session will last approximately 1-2 hours. You may participate in two experimental sessions and the total time commitment can be up to 4 hours.

    1. Age 18 or over.
    2. Have normal or corrected-to-normal vision using contact lenses. Participant should be able to see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance (i.e., 20/20 vision). This will be confirmed with a visual acuity test.
    3. Have had a comprehensive eye exam within past 2 years with no evidence of retinal degenerative disease (including Age-related Macular Degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa) or other significant ocular health complaints.

    You will be paid $15.00 per hour, prorated by the half hour, for your participation. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the Vision Science program may participate for research experience but will not receive compensation over their stipend. Participation in this research is voluntary and will have no bearing on your standing or grades at the University of California.

    Contact information
    If you are interested in participating, please contact Steven Cholewiak via email (



    Contact Name: Steven A. Cholewiak
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  • Neural Mechanisms of Visual Crowding (052918A)

    The Whitney lab is conducting a visual study in the lab that lasts approximately 1 hour. We are running this study on the weekdays of August 22nd through Sept -15th.The study involves viewing pictures/ listening to sounds on a computer and responding to the picture or sounds with button presses on the computer keyboard or mouse. The pay is  $15 per hour. Please write if you are interested in participating. The first ten eligible participants will be accepted. Thank you!



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  • EEG-CogNeuro (062918A)

    Participants will complete a series of computer tasks while EEG data are collected.

    Description: Please allow 3 hours for EEG setup, cleanup, and task time. You will be asked to remove any
    earrings and you will get your hair wet.

    Preparation: Please come in with clean, dry hair.

    - 30-65 years of age
    - Corrected-to-normal vision and hearing
    - Not colorblind
    - No known neurological/psychiatric diagnoses

    Location: Barker Hall at the University of California, Berkeley

    Compensation: $20/hour (2-3 hours)



    Contact Name: Dr. Lisa Johnson
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  • Effects of Visual Learning on Prediction (031318A)

    The Silver is recruiting healthy adults to participate in a visual perception study. Participation in this study involves viewing and responding to images presented on a computer screen. It consists of one session lasting approximately 1.5-2 hours.

    Compensation for study participation is $12/hour for the one session.

    To be eligible, subjects must:
    1) Have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and normal depth perception. Glasses or contacts are fine.
    2) Normal color vision
    3) Be 18-39 years of age
    4) Have no history of neurological problems
    5) Be taller than 5 feet (in order to look through the viewing apparatus comfortably while seated)

    To participate or learn more, please contact Elizabeth Lawler at



    Contact Name: Elizabeth Lawler
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