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.**
  • 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 $40 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.

    Exclusions:
    -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

     

    082418A

    Contact Name: Laura Fenton
    Email: lfenton@berkeley.edu
    Phone: 510-643-6609
    Wesbite: https://jagustlab.neuro.berkeley.edu
    For all the details click here view

  • 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

     

    082318A

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Lawler
    Email: elawlerr@gmail.com
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://argentum.ucbso.berkeley.edu/index.html
    For all the details click here view

  • 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.

    Task
    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.

    Requirements
    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.

    Compensation
    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 (steven.cholewiak@berkeley.edu).

     

    080618A

    Contact Name: Steven A. Cholewiak
    Email: steven.cholewiak@berkeley.edu
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://bankslab.berkeley.edu/
    For all the details click here view

  • 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 ayleib@berkeley.edu if you are interested in participating. The first ten eligible participants will be accepted. Thank you!

     

    052918A

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

  • Reinforcement learning, working memory and decision making (070218A)

    The Collins Lab is looking for subjects to participate in a study about learning and memory. Participants will play computer games and answer brief questionnaires. Experiments last 1 hour or less and take place in the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley. Participants will be paid $10/hour for their time.

    Any native or fluent English speaker between the ages of 18 - 40 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.

     

    070218A

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

  • 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.

    Eligibility:
    - 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)

     

    062918A

    Contact Name: Dr. Lisa Johnson
    Email: eljohnson@berkeley.edu
    Phone:
    Wesbite:
    For all the details click here view

  • Cholinergic Modulation of Perceptual Learning (061518A)

    We are currently looking for volunteers to participate in an experiment in the Silver Lab, part of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Berkeley Optometry. The purpose of this experiment is to examine the effects of learning on visual perception. Tasks involve viewing images and making judgments about them. In addition, we will administer the Alzheimer’s medication Donepezil to determine its effects on learning and visual perception.

    The entire study consists of 17 sessions over the course of roughly one month: 1 screening, 2 introductory, 2 pre-training, 2 post-training, and 10 for training. Before each of the last 16 sessions, and for an additional 4 days (20 days total), you will take either a Donepezil pill or an inactive placebo pill. Compensation will be $15/hour, plus a $100 bonus for successfully completing all 17 sessions.

    Eligibility: Subjects must be 18 – 80 years old, healthy, and have normal vision (natural or corrected). Subjects must not be pregnant, smoke tobacco, have asthma or other lung problems, a history of seizure or heart arrhythmia, or taking medications that affect central nervous system function.

    Please contact Kelly Byrne (knhbyrne@berkeley.edu) if you are interested in participating, or to learn more.

     

    061518A

    Contact Name: Kelly Byrne
    Email: knhbyrne@berkeley.edu
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://argentum.ucbso.berkeley.edu/index.html
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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 elawler@berkeley.edu

     

    031318A

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Lawler
    Email: elawler@berkeley.edu
    Phone:
    Wesbite: http://argentum.ucbso.berkeley.edu
    For all the details click here view

  • 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
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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/
    For all the details click here view