Joining the Rady Behavioral Lab Subject Pool is a great way to contribute to academic research and get a chance to earn credit/cash/gift certificates while doing so. Everybody, 18 and above, is welcome to join.
About the Studies
Our studies typically ask people to indicate their opinions and judgments about various things. Alternatively, you may be asked to interact with another student or choose among a set of products, etc. In-person studies are usually 20 minutes to 1 hour long. They take place at the Rady Behavioral Lab, Otterson Hall in 2S116, 2S114 and 2S113. Online studies can take 5 minutes to one hour.
Becoming a Participant
The first step to becoming a participant is creating an account on our SONA system. After the account is created you will be notified by e-mail of any upcoming studies. You can ask to be removed from the subject pool anytime by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Activating your SONA account
Please use the link below and set up an account on Sona Systems. If you already have a SONA account, please continue to use the one you have (make sure to update the list of classes you are enrolled in every quarter).
When you create your SONA account, please note that you must select "PAID STUDIES" in the drop-down menu.
Once you create a SONA account you will be notified via email every time a new study becomes available. You can also check our Twitter or Facebook pages to learn about available studies.
Signing Up for Studies
- Sign up for studies by logging on your SONA SYSTEMS account. You will be able to see the studies offered by the lab. There will be a list of experiments available and you may click on them for a more detailed description of the study. There will be a "timeslots" link at the top of the page where you will be able to select the available dates and times for your studies.
- After you find an experiment with the timeslot you want to participate in, click "Sign Up" and wait for a confirmation to show that you are registered for that experiment. When you receive the confirmation page, please write down the time, date, location, and name for the study. (For those who have never been to the lab, there will be a sign on the second floor at Rady to help you get there.)
- Please try to arrive a couple minutes early and wait outside for the assistants to get you situated. If you cannot make a study, please cancel your appointment on SONA at least 24 hours prior to the start of the study or contact the lab manager at email@example.com. Failure to cancel so will result in an unexcused "no show" for your attendance. If you continuously have unexcused absences with no prior notices, the lab may forfeit your right to attend studies. In these circumstances, you will have to consult the lab manager or do the alternative assignment.
Compensation varies across studies depending on their length and complexity. Participants can be compensated with cash or gift certificates. In some cases participants will enter a raffle to win Amazon.com gift cards.
Note that in some experiments, participants will receive cash based on the decisions they make in a study or on their performance. When paid, you will be asked to sign a payment receipt. The receipt is only for accounting purposes and will not be linked to your responses.
We use e-mail to notify participants about available studies. All information provided to us will be kept strictly confidential and privacy will be respected to the fullest extent. Your answers will never be associated with you personally and will only be used on an aggregate basis.
Your Rights as a Participant
As a participant, you have the right to be treated ethically and respectfully, to be informed of the nature of the experiment, and to withdraw at any time. All behavioral lab studies are approved by the UCSD Human Research Protection Program. If at any time you have questions about your rights as a subject, contact the UCSD Human Research Protection Program office at 858–455–5050 or e–mail firstname.lastname@example.org.