Volunteer for a Study!

We depend on volunteers to participate in our studies.  Please see below for more information and sign up using the calendar at the bottom of the page.

Research participants will receive a compensation payment of $20 for their time. Total time of experiment per person is estimated to be up to 1.5 hours.
**Please note, one person can only sign up once per experiment.**


Please see “Current Recruitment” section at the bottom of this page to see what we are current recruiting for!

Note that all current experiments are done in a sound isolation booth of interior dimensions of approximately 3 feet by 6 feet (1 meter by 2 meters).

Face Detection

You will sit in front of laptop watching a display of static noise. A cartoon smiley face random appears within the static for 1/10 of a second. Click a mouse button depending on whether you think you saw the face or not.

Sign up via UCSB’s SONA system. (Not yet active! Awaiting building safety certification.)

Light and Sound

You will sit in darkness with some white noise. The monitor will randomly flash to white or a buzzer will beep loudly. There are two variants to this experiment:

Variant 1 (Passive): The monitor will flash to white randomly for 0.6 seconds or a buzzer will sound for 1.2 seconds, also randomly. This experiment is very passive – you will just sit and watch.

Variant 2 (Active): The monitor flash and beep are combined into a single event lasting 0.6 seconds. This experiment is less passive – you have to press a button when you experience the flash/beep.

Sign up via UCSB’s SONA system or using the tool at the bottom of this page (recommended for dates when UCSB is not in session). (Not yet active! Awaiting building safety certification.)


Your safety is important to use. Please review the following requirements before signing up.

  • Hair style allows placement of EEG cap (no mohawks or other hairdos which stick up rigidly).
  • Unimpaired or corrected vision
  • Unimpaired hearing
  • No pacemakers
  • No serious neurological disorders
  • No one diagnosed with epilepsy or susceptible to seizures
  • Must not have a history of migraine headache
  • Must never have had a seizure due to flashing lights
  • Must not have PTSD
  • Must not have Claustrophobia
  • Must not have a panic disorder

Bottled water will be available. 

Current Recruitment:

We are awaiting fire/seismic safety certification so no experiments are active.