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REP studies are available through December 10th. If you are looking for study opportunities, be sure to check all three pages of active studies. There are about 30 active studies currently.

Active Studies

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Title Format Open seats Maximum time commitment (minutes)* Maximum sessions* Maximum REP Points Cash Award Requirements Description
* Some studies may involve participation over multiple sessions, including screening etc. Not all participants will qualify for all sessions.
Psychological Refractory Period in the Number Comparison Task Live (in-person or remote) 0 90 1 4 $15 1, 9 This research study will examine the effects of perceptual and decisional processing of numerical stimuli using a screen-based computer laboratory task. Participants will be shown a series of two numbers on the computer screen, separated by a short randomized interval, and must quickly and accurately decide whether each number is greater than or less than the target digit (55). The experiment will take most participants about an hour to complete, and blocks of trials will be separated by short breaks at your discretion. This In-Person Study project is worth 4 points (cash option: $15) for 6080 minutes of your time.
Counselor-Client Simulation Study (MBTI & SII) Live (in-person or remote) and self-guided (online) 0 210 3 8 $0 1 **This study is currently full. This is a simulation study in which you will meet with a training counselor for three separate sessions. You will be able to take two assessments (MBTI and SII) and will be working with your counselor to discuss your results. You must commit to three separate sessions over Fall 2021 to receive all 7 points. Please email Claire Min at park1232@umn.edu for more information.
Attitudes and Perspectives of Others Self-guided (online) 553 20 1 1 $0 1 Participants will complete an online survey on their attitudes about people and/or their life experiences with other people. This Online Administered Study project is worth 1 point for 20 minutes of your time. *Please note that this study is a continuation of "Attitudes and Perspectives of Others" posted on the REP page in Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021. If you have previously participated in one of the iterations of this study, please do not complete this study. You may verify whether you participated or not in the past by searching for "Attitudes and Perspectives of Others" in your U of MN email and see if you received a link to the survey in the past.*
Auditory experiment: Melody mistuning Self-guided (online) 0 55 1 2 $0 1, 10 This is an online auditory experiments that requires the participants to use headphones during the experiment. It also requires that you are normal-hearing and 18 years or older. During the main experiment you will listen to some short sequences of music and will be asked to indicate whether they sound "in-tune" or "out-of-tune". I have several experiments and some are new, so it is ok to sign up if you already did the study last term. If you do well, you will be invited to participate in more experiments. The experiment takes approximately 55 mins and you will get 2 REP points if you finish all experiments and fill out the subject information form. After you sign up, I will give you more information in an email and send you a link to the experiment. You will have 3 days to do the experiment after you sign up. Otherwise, I will cancel your booking. Be aware that you have to do the entire experiment in one sitting since your data will not be saved for later if you close the browser!
Lab Study in Auditory Perception Live (in-person or remote) 0 480 4 20 $0 1, 10 In this study, you will complete listening tasks on a computer in the lab (N640 Elliott Hall). The first session begins with a screening procedure to see if you can hear the stimuli for our experiment. If you pass the screening, then you can partake in the full study, which takes place across 4, 2-hour sessions. Compensation is 1 REP point for every half hour (plus one additional point for each time the participant travels to the lab) or $15 per hour in the form of electronic gift card to Amazon or Target.
The Fakeability of Moral Neutralization Measures Self-guided (online) 0 70 1 2 $0 1 You will complete several surveys and tasks that include puzzles and questions on rationalization strategies, personality traits, and behaviors. Some surveys will be administered twice - one time where you will be instructed to respond truthfully and another where you will be instucted to fake your responses. Please be sure to read survey instructions carefully. You will complete several long surveys, so expect to take roughly an hour to complete them all. Upon completion, you will receive 2 REP points.
Identifying Biological Signatures of N-Acetylcysteine for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Adolescents and Young Adults Live (in-person or remote) Log in to contact study team 720 6 26 $320 11, 2, 6 Self-harm among adolescents and young adults is a current problem and few treatments are currently available. Our previous research suggested that N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a nutritional supplement with antioxidant effects, may be helpful for self-harm. The purpose of this study is to find out how NAC works by measuring its antioxidant effects in the brain. Compensation (students can receive combination of money and REP points): Visit 0 (Zoom, consent/screening, 2.5-4 hours): $40 or 8 REP points Visit 1 (in-person, MRI scan, 3 hours): $50 or 7 REP points Visit 2 (online surveys, 15 minutes): $10 or 0.5 REP points Visit 3 (Zoom, online surveys, 30 minutes): $10 or 1 REP points Visit 4 (online surveys, 15 minutes): $10 or 0.5 REP points Visit 5 (in-person, MRI scan, up to 4 hours): $200 or 9 REP points Eligibility: Females 16-24 years of age with current self-harm. Please fill out the survey to see if you're eligible: https://redcap.link/aoy84y2y
Student Beliefs Survey Self-guided (online) 0 30 1 1 $0 1 We are interested in how students views change from year to year. In particular, we care about students' beliefs about expressing their opinions to others. In this study, you will be asked to review some information from prior years' surveys, answer a few questionnaires about your beliefs, and then provide some basic demographic information. This should take less than 30 minutes, is held entirely online, and students will earn 1 REP point.
Sexual Minority Mental Health During COVID-19 Live (in-person or remote) Log in to contact study team 150 2 5 $0 11, 1, 5 Thank you for your interest in our SM Stress Study! The purpose of this research is to understand the mental health of sexual minorities (SM) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study will take a total of 2.5 hours. You will receive either 5 REP points or $40 via a pre-paid debit card after completing the study.
Mobile Health Apps Study Live (in-person or remote) and self-guided (online) 0 180 6 7 $35 1 Prior to signing up, please check if you are eligible with this PRE-SCREENING LINK: __________https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_blwdFsIOphDaN3T__________________________________________________ In this study, you will have a chance to track a specific health behavior using a new mobile health app. If you are eligible, you will be able to sign up for a 1-hour Zoom meeting, during which time you will be trained in study procedures. ____________________________________________________________ You may be asked to use a mobile health app for a 6-week period, during which time you will also be asked to complete approximately 2 hours of online surveys (spread out over 6 weeks). You can receive up to 7 REP points or can choose to earn a mix of REP points and Target gift cards (i.e., $5/per REP point, for up to $35 max). The maximum number of REP points you can earn changes *depending on the day that you begin the study*. ____________________________________________________________ Study Visit on or before Oct 31, 2021 = Up to 7 REP Points and $0 in Target Gift Cards. Study Visit between Nov 1st - Nov 7th = Up to 6 REP Points and $5 in Target Gift Cards. Study Visit between Nov 8th - Nov 14th = Up to 5 REP Points and $10 in Target Gift Cards. Study Visit between Nov 15th - Nov 21st = Up to 4 REP Points and $15 in Target Gift Cards. Study Visit between Nov 22nd - Nov 28th = Up to 3 REP Points and $20 in Target Gift Cards. Study Visit between Nov 29th - Dec 5th = Up to 2 REP Points and $25 in Target Gift Cards. ________________________________________ Questions? Feel free to email us at umnmobilehealthapps@gmail.com
Metacognition and Empathy Self-guided (online) 27 50 1 2 $0 1, 9 Are you an individual with normal or corrected to normal vision between the ages of 18-80? We are conducting a computer-based research study to investigate how people make decisions under uncertainty.
Perceiving Obstacle with Static or Moving Perspective Live (in-person or remote) 0 60 1 3 $10 1, 9 Welcome if you are interested in perception and vision science! This is a study about motion and depth perception. In the study, you will see a virtual room on the screen. Your perspective in the virtual room will either be static or moving. The room contains two objects, namely a hexagon sign and a cube. You will need to report your perceived depth between the cube and the sign. The whole procedure takes around 1 hour and gives 2 REP points or 10 dollars as the reward! It will be conducted in the basement of Elliot Hall. Make sure you contact the experimenter on the day of the experiment and upon your arrival!
Sound categorization study (in-person) Live (in-person or remote) 0 70 1 3 $0 1, 10 Participants will listen to a set of sounds and answer whether the sounds are vocal or instrumental sounds. To be eligible for the study, participants need to be at least 18 years old and have normal hearing. The study consists of one in-person session in N640 Elliott Hall and will usually take about 1 hour. Participants can choose either 3 REP points or a $15 Amazon gift card as their compensation. Note: please do not sign up if you have already participated in the online version of this study in the Spring or Summer 2021 term.
Temporal processing by younger and older adults Live (in-person or remote) Log in to contact study team 120 1 5 $0 1, 10, 11 The study will use behavioral techniques and EEG recordings and will take one 2-hour session including breaks. In the EEG part of the experiment, participants will be asked to sit still for a few minutes at a time while watching a silent movie. The EEG will be measured using three electrodes inserted in a cap placed on the participant's head. In the behavioral task, participants will listen to a series of sounds (tones) presented at one of the observation interval (others will contain silence). Participants will indicate when they heard the tones. There are no risks to partcipants. Participants may benefit from learning about experimental procedures used to study hearing.
Sound categorization study (online) Self-guided (online) 0 30 1 1 $5 1, 10 Participants will listen to a set of sounds and answer whether the sounds are vocal or instrumental sounds. To be eligible for the study, participants need to be at least 18 years old and have normal hearing. The study consists of one online session and will usually take about 30 minutes. The study works best in Google Chrome browser and does not work in Safari browser. Participants can choose either 1 REP points or a $5 Amazon gift card as their compensation. Note: please do not sign up if you have already participated in this study in the Spring or Summer 2021 term.
College Student Social Connectedness Self-guided (online) 192 25 1 1 $0 11 We are interested in understanding the impact of the current events (e.g., COVID-19 Pandemic and Aftermath of the George Floyd Events) on college students' perceived levels of social connectedness. Interested students will be asked to complete a survey that should take approximately 20-30 minutes. To be eligible, students must be current college students enrolled in a course that accepts REP points. The survey can only be completed once for 1 REP Point. There are no direct risks or benefits to participation. However, students may experience some discomfort when reflecting on current events.
(BY INVITATION ONLY) Peer - A Multi-Informant Investigation of Personality and Social Cognition Self-guided (online) 279 60 1 2 $0 1 ***IMPORTANT*** This study is related to the REP study "A Multi-Informant Investigation of Personality and Social Cognition." If you have not received an invitation to participate in this study, then you will not be eligible to participate in this REP study. In this study, we are looking at the association between language use, social cognition, personality, and mental illness. This study involves completing a series of questionnaires on the personality and social behavior of the participant who invited you to this study, multiple cognitive task measures, and a short narrative writing assignment. Peers are recommended to complete the study in one setting with as few distractions as possible. This study will take approximately 1 hour to complete, thus peer participants will receive 2 REP points for their participation. This study is mostly self-paced, but peers should complete the study within 2 weeks of signing up, otherwise we will assume they have withdrawn from the study. There are no anticipated benefits nor risks, however certain questions or task stimuli could potentially elicit discomfort for some participants.
When is the Officer not seen as safe? Live (in-person or remote) and self-guided (online) 4 30 1 1 $5 1, 5 The purpose of this study is to examine whether individuals are biased towards or against police officers and whether these biases become modified based on the race of the officer. This study is conducted entirely online and consists of one 30-minute Zoom meeting where eligible participants will take four Implicit Association Tests (IATs). Participants must be male, 18 or older, and a student at UMN and/or a Minneapolis resident. Potential participants are also required to answer a questionnaire to determine eligibility. Those who participate will be compensated with a $5 Amazon Gift Card.
A Multi-Informant Investigation of Personality and Social Cognition Self-guided (online) 0 120 1 4 $0 1 In this study, we are looking at the association between language use, social cognition, personality, and mental illness. This study involves completing a series of questionnaires on your personality and social behavior, multiple cognitive task measures, and a short narrative writing assignment. Participants will also be asked to provide contact information for up to three people in their lives who know them well and are recommended to complete the study in one setting with as few distractions as possible. This study will take approximately 2 hours to complete, thus participants will receive 4 REP points for their participation. This study is mostly self-paced, but participants should complete the study within 2 weeks of signing up, otherwise we will assume they have withdrawn from the study. There are no anticipated benefits nor risks, however certain questions or task stimuli could potentially elicit discomfort for some participants. **If you participated in this study in a previous semester, please do not sign up again. No REP points will be rewarded for repeat responses**
Effects of harmonicity on auditory discrimination in non-musicians Live (in-person or remote) Log in to contact study team 240 2 10 $60 1, 10, 11 In this study, participants will listen to sounds over headphones in a sound-attenuated booth and make simple judgements about those sounds (e.g., which sound was louder?) via a keyboard and mouse. These sounds will be carefully manipulated and played in different contexts (e.g., with or without background noise) to test scientific hypotheses about how the brain processes sound. All sounds will be played at safe and comfortable volumes. Participants must be non-musicians. For this study, non-musician means that you have received less than 2 years of musical training, do not currently play an instrument (including voice), and have not played an instrument in the past 7 years. Those interested in participating can contact the researchers via email. The study will begin with an in-person intake and screening process (~ 1/2 hour in length). Participants who meet the requirements of the screening procedure will then be asked to continue on for ~ 4 hours of testing (broken up into 2-hour sessions). Both REP points (at the standard rate) and cash (at $15/hour), or a mixture of REP points and cash, are available compensation options.
TMS anxiety study Live (in-person or remote) and self-guided (online) 0 570 4 10 $150 1, 9 (If interested, please send email to: neuromodREP@umn.edu) The TMS anxiety study uses a safe, non-invasive form of brain stimulation called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to map anxiety brain circuits. The study involves a pre-visit followed by 3 visits for which participants can earn a total of 10 REP points and $150 cash. TMS has been used in over 70,000 studies in the past 30 years. In this study, we will apply brief TMS courses (~40 seconds each) to evoke time-limited brain activation changes prior to two short decision-making tasks. Inclusion criteria include anxiety symptoms as determined by self-report and clinician-rated questionnaires. Exclusion criteria include major depressive disorder, current/past bipolar disorder, current/past psychotic disorder, current use of psychotropic medications, and current epilepsy or a history of epilepsy. Interested participants will be directed to a pre-visit Qualtrics self-report battery (30 minutes, completion = 1 REP point). Eligible participants will be contacted and given information about Visit 1. Visit 1 will take place at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMRR) and will include additional questionnaires and a brain scan (total ~3 hours; completion = 3 REP points). Visits 2 and 3 will take place at the Non-Invasive Neuromodulation Lab (near the University gym; directions will be provided) and will include brain stimulation and two short decision-making tasks. One of these tasks is an anxiety based task that uses mildly aversive electric shocks; the other is a 15 minute object-classification task. Visits 2 and 3 will take ~3 hours each (Visit 2 completion = 3 REP points and $50 cash; Visit 3 completion = 3 REP points and $100 cash). Risks: TMS risks: Common mild side effects, including headaches and neck pain, have been reported in about 5% of subjects. Seizures represent a more serious, although extremely rare, side effect of TBS occurring in an estimated .02% of subjects. The treatment parameters used in this study have been shown to be safe in several published research reports. Electric shock risks: There is a rare possibility that you will experience redness or soreness at the site of the electric stimulation. If this occurs, it should resolve in a day or two and poses no medical risk to you. There is a possibility of some skin irritation resulting from contact with the electrode paste used to attach electrodes. However, this is unlikely because the salt concentration of the paste is very similar to human sweat. If you experience discomfort from the electrodes, please inform the researcher. He or she will adjust or remove the electrodes. Benefits: Up to 10 REP points and $150 cash.
Effects of harmonicity on auditory discrimination in musicians Live (in-person or remote) Log in to contact study team 240 2 10 $60 11, 1, 10 In this study, participants will listen to sounds over headphones in a sound-attenuated booth and make simple judgements about those sounds (e.g., which sound was louder?) via a keyboard and mouse. These sounds will be carefully manipulated and played in different contexts (e.g., with or without background noise) to test scientific hypotheses about how the brain processes sound. All sounds will be played at safe and comfortable volumes. Participants must be musicians. For this study, musician means that you have received at least 10 years of musical training and you currently play an instrument (including voice). Those interested in participating can contact the researchers via email. The study will begin with an in-person intake and screening process (~ 1/2 hour in length). Participants who meet the requirements of the screening procedure will then be asked to continue on for ~ 4 hours of testing (broken up into 2-hour sessions). Both REP points (at the standard rate) and cash (at $15/hour), or a mixture of REP points and cash, are available compensation options.
Reward sensitivity, motivation, and risk behaviors in healthy young adults Live (in-person or remote) Log in to contact study team 180 1 7 $0 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 The purpose of this observational study is to quantify associations between measures of reward sensitivity, motivation, and self-reported risk-taking behaviors in a healthy sample of college students, ages 18-22. We aim to study 200 people. You will make one visit to our laboratory. During this visit, you will complete health history questionnaires, personality questionnaires, and a number of computerized tests of memory, reward processing, and decision-making. Participants will receive 6 REP points in return for their full participation. Email mllab@umn.edu to inquire about participation.
2-Day Memory Study Live (in-person or remote) 0 55 2 4 $0 1, 2, 9, 11 During the experiment, you will respond to simple stimuli while remembering photographs of objects for a visual memory test. This is an in-person experiment that spans two consecutive days. Day 1's session should take no more than 40 minutes and day 2's session should take no more than 15 minutes. To be eligible for this study, you must be 18-45 years old, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision, have normal color vision, and do not have a history of neurological or psychiatric conditions. You will receive 4 REP points for participating in this study.
Decision-making under uncertainty Self-guided (online) 0 75 1 3 $0 1, 9 Are you an individual with normal or corrected to normal vision and audition between the ages of 18-80? We are conducting a computer-based research study to investigate how people make decisions under uncertainty. The study is expected to last 55 to 75 minutes, although some people finish in less time. If you sign up on the REP website, you will receive an email from the system containing instructions on how to start the project and a link to the consent form. If you have questions or technical troubles, reach out to Nathan Torunsky (torun005@umn.edu). If you sign up for a seat, but do not complete the study within two weeks you will lose your seat. If this happens to you, you are welcome to sign up for a new seat.
Counselor-Client Interviewing Simulation Live (in-person or remote) Log in to contact study team 240 4 8 $0 1 You are invited to participate in a psychologist-client interviewing simulation. The purpose of this project is to provide students enrolled in PSY 8503: Interviewing and Intervention who are interested in pursuing a career in counseling psychology or a related field with an opportunity to practice interviewing skills commonly used by psychologists and counselors in their work with clients. Prior to the start of the interview, a graduate teaching assistant for the course will interview you over the telephone or by email to explain the study purpose, to answer any questions about the study, and to make sure you meet the study criteria. If you meet the study criteria, you will be assigned to a student to be interviewed. You are asked to identify a specific topic or problem that you would like to discuss with the interviewer. You only have to share as much as you like and you are not required to disclose any information that may cause you discomfort. You also will be asked to complete a questionnaire that will help the graduate students to understand current needs in your life. Some of this personal information may be included in practice reports in which a pseudonym will be used to mask your identity. Any information given by you will be strictly confidential and every effort will be made to safeguard your privacy and protection. Please note that throughout the course of the activity, the graduate students and instructional team may not be able to keep confidential any disclosure or endorsement of thoughts to harm yourself or another person. In the event that you tell the course instructor, teaching assistant, and graduate students enrolled in PSY 8503 that you are thinking about killing yourself or others, or you answer yes to a question about having thoughts about suicide or harming others, we will ask you more questions about these thoughts. Depending on how intense your thoughts are or how much you feel like hurting yourself/others, we may provide you with referrals for treatment (e.g., University Counseling & Consulting Services), work with you to contact your personal physician, trusted family member, or therapist to discuss your thoughts of harming yourself/others; or work with you on a plan that may include getting you to a hospital for safety or contacting the local police to safeguard others. Meetings will be video recorded so that the graduate student can later review the session with their lab supervisor and instructor. The purpose of the video recording is to evaluate the students performance of the interviewing skills, not to evaluate you or your issues. Only the student and their instructor and supervisor will have access to the video recording. Confidentiality also applies to all video recording and recordings will be erased at the conclusion of the semester. Total participation time is up to 4 hours. Participants will receive 1 REP point for each 30 minutes of participation to be added to their total points earned in psychology courses offering REP points. Your participation is completely voluntary. You will receive your agreed upon REP points for your participation. Should you change your mind about your participation, you may stop participating at any time without any penalty or loss of your REP points. Please contact Kayla Huber via email (huber587@umn.edu) if you are interested in participating in this REP opportunity.
Thoughts on Your Personality & Relationships Self-guided (online) 0 30 1 1 $0 1 Thoughts on Your Personality & Relationships is a research study conducted by Leif Anderson from the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, under the faculty supervision of Dr. Moin Syed. The purpose of this study is to better understand how you relate to different aspects of your personality, which are traits and characteristics associated with how you think, feel, and behave. This study will also explore how you express empathy, or the ability to understand the feelings of others and use that knowledge to influence your social interactions, along with how you behave, and your expectations, in relationships with others. All students enrolled in the REP program and who are at least 18 years old are eligible to participate. If you agree to participate in this study, you will immediately begin an online survey that will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. You will be asked to respond to a series of questions asking about your personality traits, personal background, your relationship experiences, and how you express empathy. If you have questions prior to signing up to participate you can contact Leif via email at and06106@umn.edu.
Survey on Community Engagement Self-guided (online) 0 30 1 1 $0 1 Thank you for your interest in our research. In this study, we are examining peoples reactions to hypothetical situations that they may encounter in their daily lives. The purpose of this study is to understand how people respond to appeals to donate to a local hunger relief organization. If you would like to participate in the study, you can click the title and start the experiment. For completion of the study, you will receive 1 point. The entire process of the survey will take up to 15 minutes. This research is being conducted by Professor Mark Snyder and Mr. Hyun-suk Lee (lee01960@umn.edu) of the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Psychological Assessment Live (in-person or remote) and self-guided (online) Log in to contact study team 210 1 8 $0 1, 3 You will receive between 3 and 8 REP points for completing this study. You can expect it to take 1.5-3.5 hours to complete, but there is variability in the time it takes an individual to complete the session. This project is a part of the lab portion of PSY 8611, a course for first-year Clinical Psychology graduate students. You will be asked to complete cognitive assessments, which will be administered by one of our graduate students as a part of their training. As these are practice interviews for our students, you will not receive feedback of the type you would if you were evaluated by a professional psychologist.
Test your Musical Ability Self-guided (online) 0 45 1 2 $0 1, 10 The Auditory Perception and Cognition Lab is looking for volunteers to participate in our study on pitch perception and musical ability. We are seeking a wide range of participants, from the musically impaired to expert musicians, so all ranges of musical ability are welcome to participate. In this study, you will fill out a few questions about yourself and complete a listening task. The entire study will take approximately 30-45 minutes of your time. By participating in our study, you are eligible to partake in a raffle to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.