Experiments & Studies

Study 1: The Effect of Daily Writing Activities on Psychological Outcomes

IRB Approval #: IRB-2016-262
Experimenter Name: Laura Herron
Contact info: lh7195a@american.edu
Time Commitment: Two lab visits (each 30-50 minutes) plus 15 minutes every night for 1 week filling out an online portion, and a 10-minute follow-up after 1 month.
Number of credits: Up to 2, plus up to $10, and a chance to win $50
Eligibility Requirements: Must be 18 or older

Description of the study: This study explores the way that daily writing exercise affect emotion and stress. Participants will spend 15 minutes each night for 1 week filling out a short writing exercise, and they will be asked to come to the lab to fill out questionnaires once at the beginning of the week and once at the end. Compensation: Each hour-long lab session will be compensated either 1 research credit or $5 (for those participants not participating for credit). For the week-long daily diary portion, you can earn up to $10. For completing the 15-minute follow up one month later, you will be entered into a lottery for a chance to win $50.

Study 2: An Investigation of Human Choice Rates in Relation to Equilibrium Game Theory Predictions in Strategic Reward-Oriented Contexts

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Study title: An Investigation of Human Choice Rates in Relation to Equilibrium Game Theory Predictions in Strategic Reward-Oriented Contexts

IRB Approval number: IRB-2017-109

Experimenter's name: Chris Tripoli

Contact info: ct9900a@student.american.edu
Time Commitment: 1 hour
Number of credits: 1
Eligibility requirements: 18 years or older

Description of study: Play a Game for Research Credit and Money! Subjects needed for a study that will investigate the development of strategy in reward-based games. Participation will require about an hour of your time in exchange for 1 research credit and up to $22 (financial reward depends upon performance in the game).

Study 3: Smoking Motivation and Reaction Time (#033)

IRB Approval number: Protocol #:2016-180

Experimenter's name: Naomi Stahl

Contact info: bphplab@gmail.edu or 202-885-1792 (reference Study #033)

Time Commitment: Approximately 2-3 hours

Number of credits: 2

Eligibility requirements: Adults 18 years or older, daily smokers.

Description of study: The purpose of this research study is to evaluate your attitudes towards smoking, and the effects of smoking on feelings, and behavior (particularly reaction time).


Study 4 - Food Taste Preferences Study 4 - Food Taste Preferences item options

Study title: Food Taste Preferences

IRB Approval number: 2016-109

Experimenter's name: Alex Olson and Terry Davidson (advisor)

Contact info: storeyla@american.edu

Time Commitment: 1 hour
Number of credits: 1

Eligibility requirements: English speaking, non-Diabetic, non-Celiac's disease

Description of study: You will be asked to taste a pudding and answer questions about it, followed by snack options with questions about the snacks. This study will help us answer questions about food items and what influences someone's consumption of them. When emailing your interest in the study, please provide your AU ID and the course number you a wishing to receive research credit for.

Study 5 - Vocabulary Study Habits Study 5 - Vocabulary Study Habits item options

Study title: Vocabulary Study Habits

IRB Approval number: IRB Approval Protocol #12614

Experimenters: Joshua Tatz; Zehra Peynircioglu; and Jose Muniz (undergraduate researcher)

Contact info: email jt5673b@student.american.edu ; jm3960a@student.american.edu

Time Commitment: approximately 22 minutes

Number of credits: 0.5 credit

Eligibility requirements: Must be at least 18 years old

Description of study: Participants will be presented with a list of several words. Following presentation, participants will provide responses about their likelihood of recalling that word later. Students are asked to email either Jose Muniz or Joshua Tatz at jm3960a@american.edu and jt5673b@ student.american.edu (respectively) to coordinate a meeting time for research experience.

Study 6: Piano Experiment Study 6: Piano Experiment Item Options

Study title: Piano Experiment
IRB Approval number: #:IRB-2017-101
Experimenters: Joshua Tatz; Zehra Peynircioglu
Contact info: email jt5673b@student.american.edu
Time commitment: approximately 40 minutes
Number of credits: 1.0 credits
Eligibility requirements: People over 18 who can read music proficiently and have played the piano for at least 3 years.
Description of study: You will be asked to play single-line one-bar snippets of music, or read them without playing and be asked to remember them. Interested students are asked to email Joshua Tatz at jt5673b@ student.american.edu to coordinate a meeting time for research experience.

Study 7: Describing emotions and life events

Study title: Describing emotions and life events

IRB Approval number: IRB-2016-108

Experimenter's name: Emily Farr

Contact info: ef0108a@american.edu

Time Commitment: 45-1 hour

Number of credits : 1 credit
Eligibility requirements: AU student, Age 18+, native English speaker (English must be the first language you learned. If you don't meet this requirement please do not inquire about this study.)

Description of study: The emotions and Positive Psychology Laboratory at AU is recruiting individuals to participate in a study investigating how people describe emotions and life events. Participants will be asked to come to the lab for up to 1 hour and write about life events and fill out questionnaires.

Study 8: Daily Thoughts and Emotions

Study title: Daily Thoughts and Emotions
IRB Approval number: IRB-2016-235
Experimenter's name: Tara Spitzen and Whitney Mhoon-Mock
Contact info: ts5806a@student.american.edu and wm0205a@student.american.edu
Time Commitment: Two 60-minute sessions and seven daily 15-minute sessions
Number of credits: 1 credit + up to $15 or no credit + up to $20
Eligibility requirements: Must be 18 years or older
Description of study: This study examines the relationship between daily thoughts and emotions. Participants will complete questionnaires during an initial visit to the lab. For the following week, participants will complete brief daily diary entries electronically. Participants will then complete final questionnaires at the lab.

Study 9- The cerebellum and cognition

Study Title: The Cerebellum and Cognition

IRB Approval number: IRB-2016-188

Experimenter's name: Catherine Stoodley

Contact info: stoodleylab@gmail.com (202) 885-1723 (email preferred)

Time Commitment: 3 sessions, each 1-2 hours

Number of credits: 1.5 per session

Eligibility requirements: Right-handed males aged 18-40 who are native English speakers with no history of neurological or developmental disorder

Description of study:

The Developmental Neuroscience Lab is recruiting right-handed men aged 18-40 years old who are native English speakers for a brain imaging study of the cerebellum. Participants will attend 3 sessions scheduled one week apart at Georgetown University's Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging. While your brain is being scanned in an MR scanner, you will perform a series of motor and cognitive computer tasks after transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is applied over the cerebellum. tDCS is a non‐invasive technique that delivers a very small electrical current to the scalp. Each session will take about 1‐2 hours of your time. You will be compensated with Psychology research credit or $50 per session; participants can choose to receive a combination of research credit and cash.

Study 10: Melody Recognition Study

Study title: Melody recognition
IRB Protocol #: 12164
Experimenter's names: Katie Bates
Contact info: kb5606a@student.american.edu
Time Commitment: 25-30 minutes
Number of credits: 0.5 credit
Eligibility requirements: Participants must have normal hearing.
Description of study: You will try to find differences between two tones