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Paid Research Opportunities

The following studies are recruiting participants and pay for your time. Read the descriptions and requirements. If you are interested, email the researcher asking to participate. Information on some studies is also posted on bulletin boards in Swift Hall.

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A Quick Survey to Support Male Contraceptive Research

4/27/22

To better understand the types of men who would be interested in male contraception, we are distributing a short survey from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California about men’s views on gender roles and their use of healthcare services. The survey is an anonymous survey that shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes to complete. Upon completing the survey, you’ll be invited to submit your contact information to be entered in a raffle for a $20 gift certificate. To be eligible for the survey you must identify as a male/man, be between the ages of 18-50, be English speaking, and you must have had at least one female sexual partner within your lifetime.

If you are interested in participating, access the survey by clicking on the following link:  https://redcap.link/whatmendo

Thank you and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions to Dr. Brian T. Nguyen’s research assistant, Tamar Jacobsohn at tamar.jacobsohn@nih.gov

Principal Investigator: Brian Nguyen

Study Title: Gender Equitable Ideas and Hormonal Male Contraception

UP-22-00079

Visual Adaptation, Selective Attention, and Shape Coding: An Integrative Investigation of Visual Attention; Understanding the Mechanisms that Control the Dynamics of Perceptual Switches

4/12/22

The laboratories of Dr. Satoru Suzuki and Dr. Marcia Grabowecky are currently seeking healthy adults to participate in research on perception and cognition. Studies take place on the Northwestern University Evanston campus. Participants are compensated $10/hour for volunteering. Note: no transportation or parking costs will be covered.

If you are interested in participating, please contact our laboratory by email for more information: perception.nu@gmail.com

Once you contact the laboratory, you will be informed of studies in progress and their specific requirements (for example, handedness, age range, gender) and procedures. Typically, studies involve responding to images or sounds presented by a computer and last from 1-2 hours. Some studies also require responding to personality or mood questionnaires, or having physiological responses recorded (for example, brain waves or eye movements). The details of the particular study will be provided when you contact the laboratory. If you are interested in volunteering and you qualify to participate in any ongoing studies, an appointment will be scheduled.

IRB #: STU00013229-MODCR0001 Approved by NU IRB for use on or after 5/17/201

Are you interested in an MRI study to understand a new therapy in Spinal Cord Injury?

4/12/22

We are using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans to better understand how a treatment called Acute Intermittent Hypoxia (AIH) can improve motor function following spinal cord injury. In this research study, we study how brain function and blood flow of the brain and spinal cord change after AIH, and how this relates to improvements in hand movements. 

 

Participants in this study will:

  • Attend 1 session at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab or Northwestern University’s Center for Translational Imaging, lasting about 4–6 hours.
  • Undergo two MRI scans of the brain and spinal cord, each lasting about 1 hour.
  • Between MRI scans, receive AIH therapy. Participants will breathe through a facemask and be provided with brief episodes of lower levels of oxygen, alternating with normal room air.
  • Complete measurements of hand grip strength before and after the therapy.
  • Participants will be compensated for their time.

 

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged 18-60 years
  • History of a motor incomplete spinal cord injury between the levels of C2-T1.
  • At least 6 months since spinal cord injury.
  • No cardiac or respiratory instability.
  • Participants must meet additional eligibility criteria that we will screen for, once contacted.

 

Note: We are also recruiting participants without Spinal Cord Injury for this study.

 

If interested in learning more and to check if you are eligible, please contact Prof. Molly Bright at anvil@northwestern.edu quoting study reference “AIHphys” or call (312) 503-5870.

Study title:  Neurovascular mechanisms of intermittent hypoxia induced neural plasticity (STU00209651)

Visual Attention and Memory

4/12/22

The Visual Thinking Lab at Northwestern University is currently seeking paid volunteers to participate in a research study investigating visual attention and memory.

You will perform various visual attention & memory tasks on a computer. Experimental sessions are 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or 2 hours long. Each participant will be compensated at the rate of $13/hour.

To participate, you must be an adult (18+) and have normal or corrected to normal vision.

Please contact northwestern.visionlab@gmail.com if interested in participating. For more information, call us at 846-467-0675 or visit our website http://visualthinking.psych.northwestern.edu/.

PI: Steven Franconeri | IRB# STU00017701

Decision-Making and Odors Study

3/16/22

The Kahnt Lab is recruiting participants for a study investigating how
different parts of the brain support decision-making.


The study will take place at the Kahnt Lab (located on the Chicago
campus of Northwestern University). Participants will be asked to come
in up to 8 times, with visits ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Some of
the visits will occur on consecutive days. During some of the visits,
participants will be asked to smell different food odors and may be
asked to eat a meal matching one of the food odors. Additionally,
participants may be asked to undergo MRI scans of the brain and to
undergo transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Participants will be
paid $20 per hour for behavioral tasks and $30 per hour for MRI/TMS
tasks. Upon completion of all study visits, participants may be eligible
for an additional $200 bonus.


If you are interested in participating, please complete the screening
survey for our Research Registry. Please email kahntlab@northwestern.edu with any questions!


PI: Thorsten Kahnt | IRB #STU00216104

Sleep Deprivation & Odor Perception

2/28/22 

The Kahnt Lab is currently recruiting participants for a study investigating the effects of sleep deprivation on odor perception.

The study will take place over two weeks, during which participants will be required to adhere to a strict sleep schedule. Participants will visit the Kahnt Lab (located on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University) a total of three times. Study visit 1 will take 30 minutes, and study visits 2 and 3 will take 4 hours each. Study visits 2 and 3 will involve undergoing an MRI scan of the brain, smelling various odors, and eating meals of cinnamon buns and/or cheese pizza. Participants will be paid $250 for completing the study.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the screening survey for our Research Registry.
Please email kahntlab@northwestern.edu with any questions!

PI: Thorsten Kahnt | IRB #STU00215342

How Fast Can You Sniff?

2/24/22

People between the ages 18-40 are able to participate in this study.

 

Participants will be asked to complete guided breathing and a smell test. Participation is expected to take about 45 minutes, will be located in Searle 11-524, and will compensate $15.

 

If you are interested, please contact the Olfaction Laboratory at (312) 503-7244. Or send an email to ZelanoLab@gmail.com

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Christina Zelano

Study Title: How fast can you sniff?

IRB Study Number: STU00201747

Olfaction MRI Study

2/24/22

The Olfaction Laboratory at Northwestern University is recruiting participants for our functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research.

 

Participants must be between the ages of 18-40 and not claustrophobic.

 

Participants will be asked to smell different odor stimuli and may be asked to undergo a fMRI scan of the brain. Participation will last between 30 minutes to 3 hours. Participants will be compensated $10-$40, depending on the length of the experiment, with a chance to win extra compensation depending on task performance.

 

If you are interested, please contact the Olfaction Laboratory at (312) 503-7244 .

Or send an email to ZelanoLab@gmail.com

 

Primary Investigator is Christina Zelano

Study Title: Perceptual Coding and Modulation of Odor Objects in Human Brain

IRB Study Number: STU00201746

 

Early Psychosis Study

11/9/21

Now recruiting for a research study in early psychosis!

 

If you are ages 18 to 40 and have been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia in the last 5 years, you may be eligible for a study at the ADAPT Program.

 

The study involves coming in for 2-3 visits for a total of 7 hours, and participants are compensated $30 per hour of their time for a total of $210. The purpose of the study is to examine verbal working memory in individuals with early psychosis. Participants are asked to complete clinical interviews, questionnaires, non-invasive brain stimulation, and an MRI scan.

 

 

Eligible individuals should meet the following:

 

  • A diagnosis of psychotic disorder in the last 5 years
  • No history of brain injury or neurological conditions
  • No metal in body (such as metal implants, braces, pacemakers)
  • No changes in medication in the past 6 weeks

 

If interested, please call 847-467-5907, email adapt@northwestern.edu, or visit our website: http://www.adaptprogram.com/brain-stimulation-and-working-memory-study.

 

You can also click HERE to see if you may be eligible, and a study team member will contact you.

 

Investigator: Vijay A. Mittal, Ph.D

Northwestern University, Department of Psychology

Study Title: Verbal Working Memory in Early Psychosis

STU#: STU00205279

Caregiver-Youth Interaction Study

10/27/21

Paid research participants ages 18-24 needed for a research study about youth and parent interaction!


Life-Span Development and Adolescent Development and Preventive Treatment Laboratories at Northwestern are looking for young men ages 18-24 and their parents to participate in a 2-visit research study.

 

The purpose of this study is to see how different experiences relate to emotional functioning, interactions with parents, and physiological responses to emotional contexts. Parents will be compensated a total of $250 across the two parts of the study, and their male children will be compensated a total of $300 across the two parts of the study. The study will take place on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus at a time that is convenient for you. For more information please call at 847-467-5907, email at adapt@northwestern.edu, or visit our website at http://www.adaptprogram.com/interactions-with-caregivers.

 

Principle Investigators: Claudia Haase, PhD and Vijay Mittal, PhD

Study Title: Emotion in Interaction with Youth and Parents

IRB Study Code: STU00205542

Mood and Phone Usage

9/15/21

 

We are actively recruiting for a study on mood and phone use. Teens age 13-18 who use iPhones or Androids may be eligible. We are looking for teens with and without a history of depression. Teens may earn up to $519. Parents of individuals under 18 will also be compensated $25 for their time.

 

The study will consist of four total sessions – three virtual and one in person. The initial video call and in-person visit will take about 4 hours each. The remaining two video calls will take place approximately 6 and 12 months after the start of the study and will take about 2 hours each. Participation will also involve the use of a study-specific smartphone app throughout the 12-month study period.

 

Interested teens/parents can email us directly at NUCU@northwestern.edu or complete the contact form at https://sites.northwestern.edu/nearlab/participate/

 

Principal Investigator: Stewart Shankman, Ph.D.

 

IRB Study Code: STU00211494

Chat Study

9/14/21

Researchers at Northwestern are looking for young people ages 12-30 worried about recent changes in their thoughts, perceptions, and feelings to participate with their close relative, significant other, or parent in the Chat Study.

You may be eligible if experiencing one or more of the following:

-Unusual thoughts

-Questioning if things are real or imaginary

-Suspiciousness or paranoia

-A sense of having special powers or unrealistic plans for the future

-Unusual experiences with seeing or hearing things that are not there.

The purpose of this study is to see how such experiences relate to emotional functioning, interactions with parents, and physiological responses to emotional contexts. The study will take place on Northwestern’s Evanston campus in a full day or split into two visits.

An initial screening will compensate participants $75.00 for a 1.5 hour interview. Then, if the study is found to be a good fit, youth and their parent will be invited to participate in the main study. For the main study, youth will be compensated up to $300 and caregivers will be compensated up to $250.

For more information please call 847-467-5907, email adapt@northwestern.edu, or visit our website: http://www.adaptprogram.com/interactions-with-caregivers. If you are younger than 18, please have your parent/guardian reach out.

Investigators: Claudia Haase, Ph.D and Vijay A. Mittal, Ph.D

Study Title: Emotion in Interaction with Youth and Relatives

IRB Study Code: STU00205542

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