Published: Dec. 11, 2017

Several departments and units offer opportunities for campus community members—from children to adults—to participate in paid CU Boulder research. See if you qualify for any of the studies below.

For adults

Hearing study

The Children’s Auditory Perception Laboratory is currently recruiting adults between 18 and 30 years old for a research study to help us learn more about how children hear.

During the testing, you will sit in a sound-treated room and will listen to sounds presented over a speaker or through headphones. You will be asked to indicate when you hear sounds by selecting a picture on a computer monitor, raising your hand or repeating speech. The sounds we use are not loud. 

One visit to the laboratory is required. The visit will be 1 to 1.5 hours long. You will receive $10 per hour.

Participant requirements: Ages 18–30

If you are interested, please email childhear@colorado.edu or call 303-735-6252.

The principal investigator for this research study is Angela Yarnell Bonino, PhD, Department Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. All testing will be completed in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) building on Main Campus.

Mind-body research for chronic back pain 

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you may be eligible to participate in a paid research study on the benefits of a novel mind-body treatment for chronic pain. Participants will be compensated $200.

The research study consists of two MRI scan sessions 4–6 weeks apart on the CU Boulder campus, before and after treatment. MRI is safe and non-invasive technology for measuring brain function, and participants will be given a photo of their brain to take home.

Participant requirements:

  • Ages 21–70
  • Back pain for the last 3 months or more
  • No metal in the body (for MRI safety)
  • Not pregnant

For more information about the study and to help determine your eligibility, please complete the screening survey. You may also email canlab@colorado.edu or call 303-492-4299 for further information.

Young adult study on mood, emotion

Interested in your moods and thoughts? Participate in a paid study on emotion and mood here on campus in the CU Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. 

Earn up to $200 to participate in studies involving answering questions about your feelings and thoughts, watching brief films, playing computer games and keeping a log of your emotions and activities.

The study includes two separate visits and pays $10 per hour in cash (first visit is 2–3 hours; second is 4 hours). There is an option for paid follow-up phone interviews in addition.

Participant requirements: Ages 18–25

If interested, complete the screening survey. Please email gruberpeplab@gmail.com or visit the PEP Lab online if you have questions.


For kids

Study on self-control, language, cognitive strategies

The Cognitive Development Center in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is looking for children age birth to 12 years old who are interested in playing games that will help teach us about self-control, language and cognitive strategies. 

A visit, scheduled at your convenience, lasts about 60 minutes. Babysitting is available for siblings. Parents are compensated for travel, and kids receive a fun prize.

Participant requirements: Ages birth to 12 years

To sign up, please visit our website; email cogdevctr@colorado.edu with your child’s name, gender, date of birth and parent contact information (address/phone number/email address); or call us at 303-492-6389.

For more information, feel free to check out our Facebook page.

Study on auditory perception

The Children’s Auditory Perception Laboratory is currently recruiting children between 2 and 7 years old for a research study to help us learn more about how children hear.

During the testing, your child will sit in a sound-treated room and listen to sounds presented over a speaker or through headphones. Your child will be asked to indicate when they hear sounds by playing games, such as putting a block in a bucket. The sounds used are not loud.

Participant requirements: Ages 2–7

Two visits to the laboratory are required. Each visit lasts about one hour. You will receive $10 per hour, and, if you drive to the lab, parking costs will be covered.

The principal investigator for this research study is Angela Yarnell Bonino, PhD, Department Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. All testing will be completed at the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) building on the CU Boulder Main Campus.

If you are interested please email childhear@colorado.edu or call 303-735-6252.