Psychology Experiments & Studies

Study 4: Remembering People from Faces and Voices

  • Study title: Distinguishing and Remembering People from Faces and Voices
  • IRB approval number: IRB-2019-145
  • Experimenter's name: Penina Meier-Silverman Faculty Advisor: Zehra Peynircioglu
  • Contact info: Penina Meier-Silverman: pm0816a@student.american.edu & Zehra Peynircioglu: peynir@american.edu
  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Number of credits: 1
  • Eligibility requirements: 18 years of age, normal or corrected-to-normal hearing and vision.
  • Description of study: Participants will study several faces or voices of different people for a later recognition test.

Study 5: Impact of the Examen for Life in the Context of COVID-19 on Interpersonal Processes, Self-Transcendent Positive Emotions, and Mental Health Outcomes

  • Study Title: Impact of the Examen for Life in the Context of COVID-19 on Interpersonal Processes, Self-Transcendent Positive Emotions, and Mental Health Outcomes
  • IRB Approval Number: IRB-2021-151
    Millicent Curlee, B.A.
  • Contact Information: auexamenstudy@gmail.com
  • Time Commitment: 2 longer surveys (45-60 minutes), plus a week of daily diary
  • Number of Credits: 2 credits maximum
  • Eligibility: Identify as a Christian, at least 18 years old, read and write in English
  • Description of Study: We are conducting a study that looks at the impact of a Christian contemplative exercise, the Examen for Life during COVID-19. Participation in the study includes two lab visits, each approximately one week apart, and seven daily surveys. You can receive up to $20 (in the form of an e-gift card) or 2 psychology research credits and up to $10 (in the form of an e-gift card) for participating. You must identify as a Christian, read and write in English, and be at least 18 years old to participate. If interested, please contact   auexamenstudy@gmail.com  for more information!
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Study 6: Attitudes about e-cigarettes/vaping

  • Study title: Attitudes about e-cigarettes/vaping
  • IRB Approval number: IRB-2021-233
  • Experimenter’s name: Lindsey Sparrock
  • Contact info: ls3186a@american.edu
  • Time Commitment: Approximately 20 minutes
  • Number of credits: 0.5 credit
  • Eligibility requirements: (1) Age 18-30, and (2) Residing in the United States Description of study: American University researchers are looking for individuals (ages 18-30) to complete a short survey (~20 mins) on attitudes about e-cigarettes/vaping. American University students may be eligible to receive extra credit or required research credit for participation.Copy and paste the link below into a new browser window to take the survey. Feel free to share the link with others who may be interested. Thank you! Register for Study 6.

Study 7: Emotion Recognition in Social Interactions

  • Study Title: Emotion Recognition in Social Interactions
  • IRB Approval number: IRB-2021-185
  • Experimenter’s name: Catherine Vitro, Dr. Laura Duval
  • Contact info: catherine.vitro@student.american.edu
  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Number of credits: 1 credit
  • Eligibility requirements: Participants must be at least 18 years old and feel comfortable reading and writing in English.
  • Description of study: Participants will read open-ended short stories about an individual, and answer a variety of questions about how they think the individual in the story would have reacted to the situation.

Study 9: Political observations and personality

  • Study title: Political observations and personality
  • IRB Approval number: IRB-2021-181
  • Experimenter's name: Ryan Smout
  • Contact info: rs6236a@student.american.edu
  • Time Commitment: 1 hour (expected: 40 minutes)
  • Number of credits: 1
  • Eligibility requirements: 18 or older
  • Description of study: We are conducting an academic survey about personality and witnessing certain behaviors from others. There are no right or wrong answers. All of your responses are anonymous and confidential. The study should take approximately 40 minutes to complete, with up to 1 hour allowed for responding. For additional information, please email researcher Ryan Smout at rs6236a@student.american.edu.

Study 17: Study title: 2020 Stresses

  • Study title: 2020 Stresses 
  • IRB Approval number:  IRB-2021-235  
  • Experimenter’s name:* Alejandro Campero-Oliart 
  • Contact info: Email: ac5662a@student.american.edu
  • Time Commitment: 40-60 minutes
  • Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 1 credit
  • Eligibility requirements: 18 years of age or older (to provide informed consent independently)
  • Description of study: Participants in this study will complete questionnaires about 2020 stresses, current and future personal and social conditions, as well a range of identities.

Study 18: Time Perception: Affect and Memory Study

  • Protocol #: IRB-2021-237
  • Title: Time Perception: Affect and Memory Study
  • Experimenter’s name: Sara Wong, Zehra Peynircioglu
  • Contact info: sw9180a@student.american.edu
  • Time Commitment: 30-60 minutes  
  • Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment):
  • Eligibility requirements: Must have verbal fluency in English and access to Zoom 
  • Description of study: You will study a list of words and be asked questions about the list and your affect.

Study 1: Neurocognitive sequelae of closed head injuries

  • Study Title: Neurocognitive sequelae of closed head injuries
  • IRB Approval number: Protocol #:12213
  • Experimenter’s name:  Bryan D. Fantie, Ph.D.
  • Contact info:  brain@american.edu or 202-885-1745 (Leave a message)
  • Time Commitment:  Approximately 1-2 hours
  • Number of credits (1-2 credits possible = approx. 1-2 hour commitment):  For each hour of participation, a choice of: $10 or 1 research credit. Most people will earn 1-2 credits.
  • Eligibility requirements:  Although we also need people for the uninjured control groups, we are looking especially for people who, in the last 10 years, have had their heads banged (or banged their heads) hard enough to leave them dizzy, disoriented, nauseous, or even unconscious.  
  • Description of study:   This study involves simple paper & pencil and/or computerized tasks (e.g., Make judgments about pictures of faces and names). No needles, no drugs, no shocks, no pain, no math.

Study 2: Interpersonal Awareness Training Study

  • Study Title: Interpersonal Awareness Training Study
  • IRB Approval number: IRB-2021-163
  • Experimenter’s name: Vincent Barbieri, Dr. Nate Herr
  • Contact info: vb0633a@student.american.edu
  • Time Commitment: 3 hours
  • Number of credits: 3 credits
  • Eligibility requirements: Participants must be at least 18 years old and feel comfortable reading and writing in English.
  • Description of study: Participants will participate in a 4-week psychoeducational course about mentalization where they will watch short educational videos, complete reflective exercises, and answer questions related to the content. Each week's content takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Study 3: Anagram Memory Experiment

  • Study title: Anagram Memory Experiment
  • IRB Approval number: IRB-2018-25
  • Experimenter’s name: Sara Wong, Dr. Peynircioglu
  • Contact info: sw9180a@student.american.edu
  • Time Commitment: 30-60 minutes
  • Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 1 (dependent on the condition)
  • Eligibility requirements: Must have verbal fluency in English and access to Zoom 
  • Description of study: You will study a list of words and be tested on them while solving anagrams over Zoom.