To carry out world-class research we need dedicated participants to take part in our experiments.This is a fun way to get involved in our research and make some money at the same time.
If you've never taken part in lab studies before this may sound a little intimidating. We're not a medical lab or a psychology lab though and our behavioural research is designed to find out more about your thoughts and opinions and look at your decision-making processes. This often involves tasks on a computer such as completing an opinion survey, a questionnaire or game on a computer, or tasks in a meeting room such as group discussions or group activities. Our studies typically last either 30 minutes or an hour.
The exact nature of the study will change depending on the researcher and what their field of interest is. As we're open to all LSE researchers this could involve studies focusing on a variety of topics including economics, marketing, the environment, healthcare and organisational behaviour. We'll tell you a little about what you'll be expected to do when we advertise the study.
For taking part we pay £5 for up to 30 minutes and £10 for up to an hour. This will usually be paid in cash upon the completion of your session. For some studies there might even be an extra incentive or prize draw in addition to your payment.
We're open year-round including summer, so we'll have lots of studies in the pipeline. Once you register with our system we'll let you know when we have new studies coming up and you'll be able to log into the system if interested and book a convenient timeslot. You're not obliged to take part in anything unless you book a timeslot, so please make sure you're able to attend anything you book. If you're no longer able to attend a study you've signed up to, please let us know in advance so we can make alternate arrangements. Out of respect for researchers and other participants we have a zero no-show policy so if you do not show up for a study you have booked and don't let us know, your lab account will be automatically restricted in the system.
How participation works
Before the date of the study
When we are recruiting for a new study, we will notify you by email. The email will give you an idea of the date range, duration and payment of the study, as well as a link to sign-up. There is a high demand to participate in our studies and slots are often filled within half an hour of them being released. The system will state if all time slots for a study have been filled.
If you realise you will not be able to attend your time slot for some reason, please cancel your slot as soon as possible. This gives us enough time to find another participant. You can either do this by going into the sign-up system, or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants that fail to show up without giving notice will be automatically marked in the system as an 'unexcused no-show'. This will prevent these participants from taking part in any further studies.
You will receive a reminder email the day before your slot. Please remember to take note of the participant ID number on the email as you will need this upon arrival at the lab.
On the day of the study
Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the start of the study. As well as needing time to find the lab (which may be difficult on your first visit), you may be part of a large participant group which will all need time to sign in on arrival. Researchers have the right to turn you away without payment if you are not available at the time the study begins. If you are a student and have classes that finish on the hour, please do not book a slot on a study starting at the same time as you won't be ready to start the study in time.
If you need to wait before the start of the study, you can do so in the reception room. In the case of large studies where there is insufficient space, the Lab Administrator may give you additional instructions. Please remain quiet before and after the session to avoid disturbing other participants, and turn your mobile phone off before the start of the study.
The researcher will greet you and ask for your participant ID to mark your attendance. They give you a brief explanation of what you will be doing and then lead you into the lab to begin the study.
Please be quiet during the study if this is required (for example, when using computers) and please take care of the lab equipment. This should only be used as instructed, and please report any equipment problems or damage to the BRL staff.
If you have any questions once the study is running, please see the researcher or research assistant who should be located nearby.
If you are present at your assigned time and the study cannot be run, you will be paid your full amount. If, however, you are present but decide not to participate, or arrive late and are unable to participate, you will not be paid.
After the study
After your participation is complete, collect your payment from the researcher or research assistant. You will need to sign a receipt sheet to confirm that you received the payment. The information given will not be linked to your responses in the study.
The researcher may provide you with some information on the research, and the intention behind the study. Please do not share this information with friends who are taking part in the same study as this may affect their participation.
If you have any further questions about the research, please contact the researcher using the email address on your confirmation email.
If you have any general lab questions or comments, please contact the lab at email@example.com. If you're interested in volunteering as a research assistant, please see our FAQ page.
Participant code of conduct
By signing up for a study, you are agreeing to abide by this code of conduct. Participants who violate this code may not be invited to participate in future studies.
Being on time
If you are not ready at your assigned time you will not be able to participate. Please aim to arrive 5 minutes early as it may take you a few minutes to find the lab, and the study may begin at the exact stated time. Each study is unique and you may not be able to join the study later or at another timeslot. Each researcher has the right to refuse participation to their study if the participant is not on time.
Remembering your lab ID code
This is not your student ID! The ID code can be found in your confirmation email when you sign up for a study. Participants are entitled to anonymity and researchers will only have access to your participant ID code, not your name. Your attendance can only be marked by using your ID code.
Taking participation seriously
Please remember that this is someone's research. The studies you are paid to participate in will have taken time and effort to organise, plus the costs of your payment. Their research will depend on the data you provide by your participation. You should not use your phone whilst taking part in a study, or access any computer applications other than those you have been instructed to use.
If you do not show up for your assigned timeslot and have not informed us, you will be marked as an 'unexcused no-show'. This will automatically prevent you from signing up for any further studies. If you need to cancel, please do this through the sign-up system, by emailing the researcher, by emailing the lab, or by calling us using the number on your confirmation email or our 'Contact Us' page.
Respect for people and equipment
Participants should treat the BRL facilities including furniture and equipment, with respect. Behaviour that is offensive, disruptive or dangerous to other participants, researchers and staff is unacceptable.
To become a participant you will need to register your details on our database using the link below. If you have any questions, please see our FAQ page.
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