Published: Feb. 12, 2018

Several labs on campus offer opportunities for 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

Heat therapy research

The CU Boulder Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab is conducting a research study to investigate the effects of 8–10 weeks of supervised hot water immersion in a hot tub on physiological function. Participants will receive monetary compensation in the form of a check.

Participants will receive:

  • Physical exam
  • Complete blood panel (including blood sugar and cholesterol)
  • Exercise stress test 
  • Blood pressure screening

Looking for:

  • Healthy men and women 
  • Ages 55–79
  • Willing to undergo three to four hot tub sessions per week for eight to ten weeks (all take place in the IPA Lab in Carlson Gymnasium)

For more information, please email ipalab@colorado.edu or call 303-735-4936.

Study on cardiovascular exercise

Reason for this study: The goal of this research is to help researchers identify strategies people can use to change their experience of cardiovascular exercise.

What you will do: 

  • One laboratory session including: survey, fitness test, learning a strategy and 30-minute supervised exercise session
  • Two weeks of exercise on your own while filling out short daily surveys
  • One survey at the end of the study

Compensation:

  • $10 for the laboratory session
  • $1 per day for filling out daily surveys (up to $14)
  • $5 for the follow-up survey

Who can be in the study: 

You should be between the ages of 18 and 40. You should not be doing regular cardiovascular exercise; this study is for people who do not frequently exercise right now. You should be willing to start a cardiovascular exercise program that involves walking, hiking, jogging or running. You should not have any health problems that prevent you from exercising safely.

Please email us at gillmanresearch@gmail.com if you would like to be in the study (please leave your email and a phone number), or you can go directly to our screening form to learn more and see if you are eligible to be in the study. 

Children’s hearing research

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 lasts one hour. You will receive $10 per hour.

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 four to six 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.

Eligibility criteria:

  • 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.


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. 

To sign up, please do one of the following: 

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

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 course of this study, your child will sit in a soundproof booth with an examiner and will listen to sounds presented over a loudspeaker or over earphones. To find out what your child can hear, we will teach him/her to make a response to a certain sound signal.

These responses will be play activities like putting a toy in a bucket or adding a block to a tower. We may use a mechanical toy whenever he/she responses to the sound. The signals will be presented in quiet and in various background sounds. The sounds we use are not loud. You will be able to sit inside the booth with your child or watch your child through an observation window.

As part of this study, your child will also receive a middle-ear screening at no cost to you. If at any time we discover any important hearing-related findings, we will report those findings to you and provide you with contact information for a complete hearing evaluation.

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

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.