Volunteer Information

Based at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, we conduct research aimed at understanding how cognitive behaviour is represented in the human brain.

An example of a laboratory task

To help with this, we need people who are willing to come in and participate in our research. Individual experiments vary, but taking part typically involves some kind of computerised task, often looking at words or pictures on a monitor screen and making decisions about them by pressing keys on a keyboard.

Participation takes around an hour, and volunteers are paid at a rate of £7.50 per hour (pro rata).

In addition to simple lab-based experiments, we also carry out research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a non-invasive brain imaging technique which allows us to examine the brain regions that are involved when people are performing our computerised tasks.

Some fMRI data from our research

More information about fMRI scanning can be found here or here.

Participation in fMRI experiments can take around two hours, for which volunteers will receive up to £30 (individual experiments vary). You will also be given a high quality picture of your brain!

There are some criteria for participation in our experiments. Potential volunteers must:

Get a picture of your brain!

  • be above the age of 18 years old
  • be right handed
  • have English as their first language

(NB we're particularly interested at the moment in recruiting older adults aged 65+!)

If you fulfil these criteria and you would like to volunteer to be involved, please send an email using one of the following links:

  • If you would like information about upcoming lab-based experiments only, please click .

  • If you would like information about both upcoming lab-based and fMRI experiments, please click .

Thank you for your interest.