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.
Visual Adaptation, Selective Attention, and Shape Coding: An Integrative Investigation of Visual Attention; Understanding the Mechanisms that Control the Dynamics of Perceptual Switches
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Northwestern Paid Research Study on Depression
We are doing a non-treatment, non-medication research study at Northwestern University (downtown Chicago medical school campus) examining how depression relates to movement and other aspects of motor behavior. If you or someone you know has experienced depression (either in the present or past) and would like to participate, please email email@example.com or text/call us at 708-831-3610.
Participants must be between 18 and 60 years old, right-handed, and use and iPhone or Android.
Qualified participants will receive monetary compensation up to $1000. The study will take place over the course of 18 months, and requires approximately 30 hours of participation. A 1-hour neuroimaging session (MRI) is required. There is also an optional saliva collection and blood draw. Many of the procedures may be completed online rather than in-person.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 708-831-3610 for more information and to have a confidential phone screen to determine if you are eligible.
Principal Investigator: Stewart Shankman, Ph.D.
Study Title: An examination of psychomotor disturbance in current and remitted MDD
Brain Network Differences Over Lifespan
The Gratton Lab at Northwestern University is recruiting participants for our study on how brain networks differ across people over the lifespan.
Participants may earn up to $600.
You may be eligible to participate if you:
- Are between the ages of 65 and 75 years
- Have no non-removable metal in your body
- Are a native English speaker
- Are willing to commit up to 5 MRI sessions and 1 behavioral session over 1-3 months
If interested, contact Diana Perez at (847) 467-3480 or Gratton.Laboratory@gmail.com
IRB #: STU00210119
Youth Mindful Awareness Program
Do you have a child between the ages of 12-17? Your child may be eligible to participate in a study that aims to promote well-being in teens. Teens (12- to 17-years-old) who participate may:
- Complete a mindfulness program that includes:
- 9 weekly, 30-40 minute sessions with a program coach
- Mindfulness practices daily (5-15 minutes) using an app on their phone.
- Complete questions about their health, mood, and stress by:
- Interviews at the beginning and end of the program.
- Brief surveys sent by text 3 times over the study (before, during, end).
- Compensation: up to $250 for completing all parts of the study.
All participants will have access to the mindfulness app either at the beginning or end of the study.
All parts of the study will be remote (online surveys, Zoom meetings, and phone app-based sessions)
If you are interested in enrolling or would like to learn more please complete this interest form: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=FCYXCNXML3
You may also email or call/text us at email@example.com or 773-245-3176
IRB Study Code: STU00213377
Principal Investigator: Richard Zinbarg
Psychology Symptoms and Life Events in a Community Sample
Are you 16-30 years of age? You could participate in ADAPT Program’s research study at Northwestern and receive a $10 virtual gift card for completing a 1-hour survey online. Afterward, you may be invited to participate in a 5 hour in-person or virtual research study compensated $100!
Eligible participants meet the following:
- 16-30 years of age
- Proficient in English
- Normal or corrected vision
- Willing to attend in-person follow up visit, if invited
The in-person or virtual visit with Northwestern can be completed in one or two sessions and includes completing interviews and tasks. The purpose of the study is to understand how social life, thoughts, and culture affect emotional and psychological experiences in adolescents and young adults.
To see if you may be eligible to complete the 1-hour survey online, see the links below.
If you are 16-17, please click HERE.
If you are 18-30, please click HERE.
A research team member will contact you to follow up. Please note that if you are a minor, parental approval is needed.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have immediate questions.
IRB Study Code: STU00205348 / Principal Investigator: Vijay Mittal, PhD
Symbol and Odor Learning Task
The Kahnt Lab at Northwestern University is currently seeking paid volunteers to participate in a study investigating orbitofrontal cortex networks and reward identity learning.
The study consists of an odor-rating task in the lab, followed by three days of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) sessions. Each visit will last from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. The days do not need to be consecutive, but the 3rd and 4th day will be scheduled at least one week apart. Participants will be compensated $240 for completing all 4 sessions.
If you are interested in participating, please email email@example.com or visit our website:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you!
PI: Thorsten Kahnt | IRB #STU00214694
Northwestern Online Paid Research Study on Marijuana Use and Emotions
We are doing an online, non-treatment, and non-medication research study through Northwestern University, examining the relationship between emotions and marijuana use. If you or someone you know uses marijuana regularly and would like to participate in this confidential study, please participate in an online screen to determine if you’re eligible by proceeding to the link below:
Qualified participants will receive monetary compensation up to $154. The study will take place over the course of 3 weeks and requires up to 4 hours of participation via Zoom/the phone.
If you are interested in participating, please follow the link above. Any additional questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Principal Investigator: Stewart Shankman, Ph.D.
Study Title: What role does cannabis use have in anxiety?STU00211516
Research participants needed, ages 12-34, located in the U.S.!
Researchers are looking for people worried about recent changes in their thoughts and perceptions. 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 unusual thoughts, suspiciousness or paranoia, and unusual experiences with seeing or hearing things that are not really there can be used to predict risk of psychosis through computerized tasks. The study will be conducted online through Northwestern University.
An initial screening will be done. Then, if the study is found to be a good fit, you will be invited to participate in the main study. Participants will be compensated $30 per hour.
For more information, please call at 847-467-5907, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.adaptprogram.com/adaptchicago/. If you are younger than 18, please have your parent/guardian call.
If you are interested in participating, you may also complete this brief survey below. If you are under 18 and interested, please have a parent/guardian fill it out.
Principal Investigator: Vijay Mittal
Emotion in Friendships
Zoom Call with Friends!
The Life-Span Development Lab at Northwestern is looking for participants between the ages of 18 - 25 to participate in our study "Emotion in Friendships." This study will examine whether emotions during online friendship interactions are linked to well-being and mental health. Over a 1-hour Zoom call, friend pairs will engage in several discussions about areas of disagreement and agreement in their friendship. They will also complete several questionnaires about their emotions, health, and social experiences. All participants will receive $20 each. If you and a friend are between the ages of 18 and 25, reside in the U.S., both have access to a computer with a camera and stable WIFI, and would like to participate in this study, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
PI: Claudia Haase, PhD
Participate in a research study from the comfort of home! Researchers at Northwestern are recruiting teens and young adults to participate in a study investigating different speech patterns.
Volunteers may be eligible if they are 16 to 30 years of age, live in the U.S., and are experiencing one or more of the following:
• Unusual thoughts
• Grandiosity (a sense of having special powers or unrealistic plans for the future)
• Changes in sensory experiences (unusual experiences with seeing or hearing things that are not there)
The study will take place online through Zoom at a time that is convenient for you and is compensated $25.00/hour.
If you are interested in participating or more information, please visit our website call 847-467-5907, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are younger than 18, please have your parent/guardian reach out.
Investigators: Matt Goldrick, PhD, and Vijay Mittal, PhD
Study Title: Speech acoustics as a marker of psychosis risk
IRB Study Code: STU00208712
Teens: Mood and Phone Usage
We are actively recruiting for a study on mood and phone use. Teens age 13-18 who use iPhones or Androids may be eligible. Teens may earn up to $494. 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
Good at Sleeping? Join our Research Study!
The Cognitive Neuroscience Lab is recruiting volunteers to participate in sleep research (STU00034353, Ken Paller, Principal Investigator). Compensation is provided for studies. You can participate from your home or at our sleep lab on the Evanston campus. COVID-19 safety measures are strictly enforced. Pre-screening for all participants and staff is required before every session. PPE must be worn throughout sessions. To learn more and sign up, visit www.northwestern.edu/people/kap/apply
Investigator: Ken Paller
IRB Study Code: STU00034353
Individual Brain Networks Study
The Gratton Lab is looking for young adults to participate in our study on how brain networks differ between different people.
Participants in Phase I will be entered into a $50 lottery for completing a 10-15 minute survey. Chances of winning are 1/50.You must be deemed eligible to advance from Phase I to Phase II to Phase III in order to participate in full study. Participants in Phase II will earn $15 and participants in Phase III will earn up to $960 for completion
You may be eligible to participate if you:
• Are between the ages of 18 and 30
• Have no non-removable metal in your body
• Are a native English speaker
• Are willing to commit to 7 in-person lab visits over 1-2 weeks
COVID-19 SAFETY POLICIES
• Pre-screening for COVID-19 for all participants and staff is required before every session
• PPE must be worn throughout sessions
• Priority participation will be given for those that are regularly tested
If interested, contact Gratton.Laboratory@gmail.com or visit https://sites.google.com/view/inetworks/home
IRB: STU00208793 | Principal Investigator: Caterina Gratton, PhD
Have you experienced worrisome changes in thoughts or feelings?
ADAPT Program is conducting online research to better understand factors related to the development of psychiatric symptoms in adolescents and young adults.
Volunteers may be eligible if they are 12 to 34 years of age and are experiencing one or more of the following:
- Unusual thoughts
- Grandiosity (a sense of having special powers or unrealistic plans for the future)
- Changes in sensory experiences (unusual experiences with seeing or hearing things that are not there)
- Complete interviews and questionnaires about life experiences
- Complete tasks that measure attention and memory
- Take surveys about emotion for 1 week using your Android or iPhone
- Repeat the same procedures 12 months later
You can receive up to $356 at baseline and up to $421 at 12-month follow up.
For more information, please call (847) 467-5907, email email@example.com, or please click HERE to complete a brief survey, and our research team will contact you. If are younger than 18, please have your parent/guardian call.
Investigator: Vijay Mittal
Study Title: GAINS
IRB Study Code: STU00207962
Form and Language
I am Richard Ashley, Professor at in the School of Music at Northwestern. I am conducting a research study on listeners' understanding of form in popular music and ask that you consider participating in this study.
To be a participant, you need to be a currently enrolled NU student, replying from a Northwestern email account, and be over the age of 18. No musical background is needed.
The study takes place online—you need to run it on a computer or tablet, not a phone—and will take about 30 minutes. You will be compensated $7 for your participation.
You will be asked to listen to pop songs and respond to some questions about them, and to fill out a questionnaire regarding your musical background.
Please let me know if you are interested in being a subject and thank you for your help. You may contact me a firstname.lastname@example.org . This study has been approved by Northwestern's Institutional Review Board, and is IRB # STU00206349.
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:
-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. Based on group, the compensation ranges from $25 per hour to $50 per hour.
For more information please call 847-467-5907, email email@example.com, or visit our website: http://www.adaptprogram.com/adaptchicago/. If you are younger than 18, please have your parent/guardian call.
Investigators: Claudia Haase, Ph.D and Vijay A. Mittal, Ph.D
Study Title: Emotion in Interaction with Youth and Relatives
IRB Study Code: STU00205542
The Rosenfeld lab is looking for volunteers between the ages of 18-30 for a study on brainwave signs of deception. Participants will complete a computer-based test while brain waves are collected.
This study will take 60 minutes or less. Volunteers will be compensated $10.00 for their participation.
If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please email Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. J. Peter Rosenfeld | STU#00028354
Play a Sound Game!
The Reber Lab at Northwestern is currently seeking paid volunteers to participate in a research study on auditory skill learning. You will be performing simple skill learning tasks, such as listening to sounds and making responses while sitting at a computer.
The study will last no more than 1.5 hours. For your time and effort, you will be compensated $15.
You must be over 18 years of age to participate and have normal or corrected to normal vision and hearing. If you are interested in participating, please contact email@example.com.
Take a nap in our lab!
We are seeking participants for a research study on electroencephalogram (EEG brainwaves), sleep, and cognition through the Northwestern University Psychology Department. The study will consist of one session scheduled for 2-4 hours. You will receive $10 per hour as compensation for your time. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 who can nap in the afternoon. If you are interested in participating or for more information, please see http://www.northwestern.edu/people/kap/apply or email Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org
IRB Study Code: STU00034353/Principal Investigator: Ken Paller, Ph.D.
Change the Face of Medicine Join the All of Us Research Program at Northwestern
Northwestern Medicine is excited to announce our partnership with the All of Us Research Program, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The mission of the All of Us Research Program is simple: to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do this, All of Us is asking one million people to share their health data to build the largest health database of its kind. Researchers can use this data to conduct thousands of studies. This may help them find the next big medical breakthrough.
By joining the All of Us Research Program, you can help shape the future of health for generations to come.
Visit joinallofus.org to sign up and to learn more.
What Are the Benefits of Joining?
- You may learn more about your health than ever before.
- You may also learn how to use tools like mobile devices, cell phones and tablets, to encourage healthier habits.
- Help researchers discover how different factors, like environment, lifestyle, and genes, can impact health. This may help develop new medical treatments that are unique to each person.
- Participants receive a $25 payment for completing all research components.
- Complimentary parking is also available for your research visit.
Together let’s create a healthier future for all of us. We hope you’ll join us in this historic research effort.
All of Us Research Program
The Precision Medicine Initiative
Northwestern Medicine Galter Pavilion
201 E. Huron St., Suite 12-160
IRB# 20170520 | STU# 00204480
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