Participants from the Community

Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development Research




Participants from the Community

The following studies are currently recruiting participants from the community.

 

Brock University Sleep Research Laboratory

Effects of Sleep Loss on Attention and Emotion

The Brock University Sleep Research Laboratory is looking for individuals to participate in a research study investigating the effects of sleep loss on attention and emotion.
Your participation would involve:
- A 5-minute phone interview and 30-minutes to complete online questionnaires
- Wearing an Activity Monitor and completing a sleep/wake diary from home for one week
- 1-hour orientation session in the Sleep Lab (to tour the facilities, complete questionnaires, and practice study performance tests)
- MAIN STUDY: 1/2 day in the Sleep Lab from 1-6pm; you may or may not be restricted to 4 hours of sleep on the prior night. You will perform 3-hour battery of tests to measure alertness, attention, and emotion, and be asked to provide saliva samples to measure hormones.
YOU WILL BE PAID AN HONORARIUM OF $50 FOR YOUR COMPLETE PARTICIPATION OR 3 HOURS COURSE CREDIT.

Participants must meet the following criteria:
- 17-30
- Non-smoker
- Right handed
- English first language or learned before age 8
- Women must have a regular and naturally cycling menstrual cycle (i.e., not using any hormonal contraceptive   techniques such as birth control pills, patches, or injections)
- No sleep difficulties
- Regular sleep between 11-7am
- Taking no medications
- No history of head injury, neurological condition, psychiatric condition (i.e., depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, chronic pain, or heart disease)

Contact information:
Phone Number: (905)688-5550 ext. 3795
Open House: Tuesdays 10-12pm at MCB416
Email: sin@brocku.ca
Corrie Aldhelm-White (Research Assistant): ca08to@brocku.ca

 

Brock University Sleep Research Laboratory

The Effect of Sleep on Memory

The Brock University Sleep Research Laboratory is looking for individuals to sleep in the laboratory and participate in a study investigating the relationship between sleep and memory. The study includes short questionnaires to determine if you are eligible, a sleep screening night in the sleep lab, and two experimental nights in the lab during which participants will complete a memory task and sleep from 11PM - 7AM. Completion of the full study results in an honorarium of either $75 or $50 + 3 hours credit on SONA.

Participants must meet the following criteria:
- age 17-30
- no sleep difficulties
- regular sleep pattern (~11PM-8AM)
- non-smoker
- no history of head injury, chronic pain, or heart disease
- normal or corrected hearing and vision
- English as first language (or learned before age 8)

Contact information:
Call 905-688-5550 ext. 3795
e-mail Kevin MacDonald at km11pv@brocku.ca
 


Consumer Perception and Cognition Laboratory

Our current research focuses on:
- Understanding the psychological factors that affect consumer behaviour
- Specifying how brief exposures to brands and brand related cues indirectly influence consumer preferences and consumer choice
- Determining how problem-solving indirectly influences consumer preferences
- Understanding how extraneous factors to consumption influence consumer preferences

Participants must meet the following criteria:
- male
- over the age of 19

Contact Information:
consumercognitio@brocku.ca
www.consumerlaboratory.ca 

 

Face Perception Lab

The Face Perception Lab currently has a number of studies open to children ages 3-10. Study descriptions are found below.

3 year olds & 7 year olds
This study involves playing a game in which they are asked to use a magic wand to help some mommies and grandmas get to the zoo by making facial judgments. Afterwards, they will play a matching game where they are asked to match the mommy faces and the grandma faces. This task takes approximately 40 minutes

4 & 5 year olds
This study involves playing a game on the eye-tracker, which is a special computer that can track the child's eye movements. In this game, they will be asked to find an emotional expression. The child will make their response using a joystick. This task takes approximately 30 minutes

4 - 10 year olds
This study involves playing a game on the eye-tracker, which is a special computer that can track the child's eye movements. In this game, the child will see a researcher open a box and make a facial expression. It is the child's job to guess, from an array of choices, which object was in the box to make the researcher feel that way. This task takes approximately 30 minutes

6 - 10 year olds
This study involves a game in which the child will be shown pictures of stretched familiar and unfamiliar people's faces and the child is asked to identify the person. This task takes approximately 30 minutes.

Participants must meet the following criteria:
Currently recruiting children from ages 3-10.

Contact Information:
faceperceptionl@brocku.ca

 

Social-Cognitive Development Lab

Our studies examine the development of children’s honesty as well as the social-cognitive skills related to their moral development.  Participation typically involves a single, one hour session. This session involves interactive opportunities to play various fun games and read stories.  For participating, children receive a small toy. Free parking is available right outside the Life Span Centre! For more information, please contact us by phone or email with your name, child’s name, age and availability. Help us unravel the mystery of children’s honesty!
Additionally, here is the link to our lab page: https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/psychology/res...

Participants must meet the following criteria:
Currently, we are looking for children between the ages of 3-8 to participate.

Contact Information:
brock.scdlab@gmail.com
905-688-5550 ext. 3773

 

Speech Perception Lab

The purpose of the research is to determine if emotion words mean different things to different people. Participants will be asked to rate and categorize emotion words. Participation is expected to take approximately 1 hour and participants will be compensated $10.

Participants must meet the following criteria:
Looking for males and females who speak English as their primary language. They need to have no hearing deficits and no uncorrected vision deficits. If participants are from the community, they need to be 18 years of age or older.

Contact Information:
zupanlab@gmail.com