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Frequently Asked Questions


Who and How

Do I need to be affiliated with NYU to participate in studies run by the Stern Center for Behavioral Research?

Currently you need an NYU netID to register as a participant at the Center for Behavioral Research and to participate in studies. However, if you are an NYU alumnus/ae, you may still be able to participate in studies. If you no longer live in NY, there are online studies where you can participate from anywhere you have Internet access.

How do I register as a participant at the Center for Behavioral Research?

To register as a participant at the Center for Behavioral Research, you need to create an account at Sona Systems. You will need a valid NYU netID and email address to register.

What kinds of things will I do during a study?

Most studies run at the Center for Behavioral Research consist of short questionnaires and surveys. A majority of research focuses on decision-making, consumer behavior, or opinions on social issues. Many participants find the studies interesting and fun. None of our studies involve physical exertion or medical procedures.

I just signed up to participate in an online study, what do I do now?

You will receive an email shortly linking you to a web-based survey.

Do I have to come in to the lab for an online study?

No. Online studies can be completed on any computer connected to the internet.

I just signed up to participate in an in-person study, what do I do now?

If you signed up for an in-person (i.e., lab) study, you will receive an email confirming the time and location of your study.

What time should I show up for an in-person study?

Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the study.

What do I need to bring with me for an in-person study?

Please bring a form of ID (e.g., student ID card or driver's license) for identification purposes. All other materials will be provided for you.

What do I do if I have to cancel an appointment for an in-person study?

Log into your account at Sona Systems and follow the cancellation instructions.

Payment

Do I get paid for participating in studies?

Yes, studies pay up to $20 per hour! You may be paid in cash, gift cards, or by being entered in a drawing for one or more prizes. Form and amount of payment varies by study and will be described in the study announcement posted on Sona Systems.

How do I get paid for an on-line study?

Payments for online studies will either be emailed to you (e.g., Amazon.com gift certificates or PayPal credit) or credited to your NYU ID Campus Cash account (if you are affiliated with NYU). These types of payments are processed within 7 business days after you complete the study.

If you were entered in a drawing for one or more prizes as compensation for participating in the study, you will be contacted at the email address you provided if you won a prize.

How do I get paid for an in-person study?

Payment for in-person studies will be made in cash, gift cards, or by crediting your NYU ID Campus Cash account (if you are affiliated with NYU).

How long does it take get paid with an Amazon.com gift certificate, PayPal, or otherwise? How do I know when I get paid?

Payments are processed within 7 business days after you complete the study. Amazon.com and PayPal credits will be sent to the email address you provided when you participated in the study.

Miscellaneous

Where is the Center for Behavioral Research located?

The Center's behavior lab facilities are located in Tisch Hall, 40 W. 4th Street, New York, NY 10012. For a map to our location please click here.

How do I unsubscribe from emails from the Center for Behavioral Research?

To unsubscribe from Center emails, email behavior.lab@stern.nyu.edu.

Is the information I provide secure and confidential?

Yes. The Center for Behavioral Research uses state-of-art technology to protect your identity. We work with Sona System and Qualtrics to manage our participant pool and to administer surveys, respectively. Additionally, we do not associate identifying information with your survey responses. Finally, we only use your email address to contact you about research opportunities and to send you payments for completed studies. The Center for Behavioral Research will never use your email for any other purpose.

My question still hasn't been answered. What can I do?

If you have additional questions, please email behavior.lab@stern.nyu.edu.

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