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 an Afternoon Nap on Cognitive & Emotional Functioning
The Brock University Sleep Research Lab is looking for individuals to participate in a research study investigating the effects of a daytime nap on various measures of cognitive and emotional functioning.
Participation in this study consists of three sessions:
- SESSION 1: 1 hour orientation to tour the lab and complete screening questionnaires.
- SESSION 2: An experimental session from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. consisting of cognitive and emotional tasks as well as a possible nap in the sleep lab.
- SESSION 3: Another experimental session from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. to complete cognitive and emotional tasks, again with the possibility of a nap in the sleep lab.
 
You will receive a $10 honorarium for participation in Session 1, a $20 honorarium for participation in Session 2, and either a $30 honorarium OR 3 hours credit for participation in Session 3. Thus you will receive either $60 OR $30 + 3 hours credit for full participation in the study.
 
Participants must meet the following criteria:
- Ages 17-30
- Good sleepers
- Non-smokers
- No recent shift work
- English speaker (learned before age 8)
- Right-handed
- No medications
- No history of head injury, no neurological or psychological  conditions (i.e. epilepsy, anxiety, depression, etc.)
 
Contact Information:
Phone: (905)688-5550, ext. 3795
Alternatively, you can go to the following page and indicate times you are available to take a call, and someone from the lab will contact you: https://doodle.com/nbi5ddmnpfkapxge
 
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 10-minute phone interview
- A 1 and a half hour orientation session in the Sleep Lab (to tour the facilities, complete questionnaires, and practice study performance tests)
- Wearing an Activity Monitor and completing a sleep/wake diary from home for one week
- MAIN STUDY: One afternoon (1-6pm) in the Sleep Lab to perform a battery of tests to measure alertness, attention, and emotion, and be asked to provide saliva samples to measure hormones. You may or may not be restricted to 4 hours of sleep on the prior night.

YOU WILL BE PAID AN HONORARIUM OF $50 FOR YOUR COMPLETE PARTICIPATION OR 3 HOURS COURSE CREDIT.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

- Female

- 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
- Healthy, good sleepers with sleep times from approximately 11pm-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
Email: sin@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 

Developing Memory and Cognition Lab

 

The Developing Memory and Cognition Lab examines the development of children’s and older adults' future-oriented memory and thinking. Participation usually involves a single, one-hour session where children will have the opportunity to play various games with an experimenter. Parents and children will be asked to visit the lab on the Brock University campus for one hour. Children will receive a small toy for participating. Free parking is available conveniently located near the Lifespan Centre. For studies involving older adults, individuals will be asked to complete several computer based tasks in a one hour session in the lab. For more information, please contact us by phone or email with your name, child’s name and age (if applicable), and your availability.

Participants must meet the following criteria:
Currently recruiting typically developing children 3- to 5-years-old.
 
Contact info:
www.brockdmclab.com
brockdmclab@gmail.com

 

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