Participate in a Study

The studies listed below are currently seeking participants and offer compensation for your time. Paid studies are posted at the top of the list, and usually offer around $10 to $15 per hour. Additionally, studies that offer credit for compensation are listed at the bottom of the page. You can find more studies by visiting the SONA webpage at the link below. If you have questions or would like to participate in a particular study, please contact the appropriate researcher.

If you are an undergraduate student at JHU, you may be eligible to participate in studies for SONA credit during the fall and spring semesters, which you can assign as extra credit points to select courses you are enrolled in.

Last updated 03/27/2018.

Paid Studies at Homewood Campus

1. Effects of Visual Experience on Neurocognitive Development

Researcher: Researcher: Nora Harhen (

Location: Ames Hall 132D, Homewood Campus, Baltimore, MD 21218

Eligibility Requirements: No neurological/cognitive disorders, normal haring, 18-75 years old

Description: Participants listen to linguistics/mathematical/naturalistic auditory stimuli and touch objects and respond to questions

Compensation: $20/hr, travel reimbursement

Time: 2-4 hr/appointment, available on evenings and weekends

(HIRB00001291, PI: Dr. Marina Bedny)

2. Hebrew Language Study

Researcher: Gali Ellenblum (

Location: Krieger Hall rm. 239

Eligibility Requirements: Participants must be 18 years or older, and be able to read, write and understand Hebrew. We are unable to include people who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or another learning disability.

Description: We are investigating reading and writing in Hebrew and English. You will be asked to perform simple language tasks in both Hebrew and English.

Compensation: $10

Time: One session of 60 minutes.

(HIRB00001143, PI: Dr. Michael McCloskey)

3. Attention and Perception Study

Researcher: Egeth Lab Members,

Location: Ames 144 (Attention and Perception Lab, Homewood Campus)

Eligibility Requirements: a) at least 18 years of age, b) normal or corrected to normal vision c) normal color vision

Description: The study involves behavioral tests of attention, memory, and visual search through computerized tasks.

Compensation: Participants earn $10 per hour.

Time: The study typically lasts around 1 hour.

(HIRB00001020: Figure-Ground Processing, Saliency, and Guided Attention for Analysis of Large Natural Scenes; PI: Dr. Howard Egeth)

Paid Studies at the Medical School and Fells Point

1. A Neuroimaging Study of Brain Function in Sighted and Blind Individuals

Researchers: Researcher: Nora Harhen (

Location: Kennedy Krieger Institute, 707 N Broadway, Baltimore MD 21205

Eligibility Requirements: No neurological/cognitive disorders, normal hearing, 18-75 year old. No critical metal devices in/on the body

Description: Participants listen to linguistic/mathematical/naturalistic auditory stimuli inside the MRI scanner and respond to questions with button presses while blindfolded

Time: 3-4hr/appointment, available evenings and weekends

Compensation: $30/hr, travel reimbursement

(IRB Protocol: NA_00087983, PI: Dr. Marina Bedny)

2. Efficacy of Web-Based Social-Cognitive Interventions in Right Hemisphere Stroke and Frontotemporal Dementia

Researchers: Amy Wright (

Location: JHU School of Medicine, Phipps 546, 600 N. Wolfe Street Baltimore, MD 20287

Eligibility Requirements: Between the ages of 50-70 years old. No history of neurological disease.

Description: Participants will use an iPad application to complete a series of “brain games” designed to test visual and verbal memory, language skills, and various areas of social-emotional functions.

(IRB protocol: IRB00061812, PI: Dr. Argye Hillis)

3. Neural Basis of Language and Cognitive Deficits in Acute Stroke and Recovery

Researcher: Amy Wright (

Location: JHU School of Medicine, Phipps 546, 600 N. Wolfe Street Baltimore, MD 20287

Eligibility Requirements: Between the ages of 45-70 years old. No history of neurological disease.

Description: Participants will complete a set of pen-and-paper, as well as computer, tasks designed to study various areas of social-emotional functions. Among the functions of interest are identification of facial expression and understanding the intent of a social conversation. Participants will also complete an hour-long MRI, for which they will be compensated with $100.

(IRB protocol: NA_00042097, PI: Dr. Argye Hillis)

4. fMRI Study of Visual Scene Perception

Researcher: Park Lab members,

Study Location: Kennedy Krieger Institute (JHMI)

Date Listed: June 29, 2012

Eligibility Requirements: a) 18-35 years of age, b) normal or corrected to normal vision, c) pass the fMRI safety screen questionnaire to be sent by e-mail

Description: Participate in a neuroimaging study of visual scene and space perception! This research study is being conducted at JHMI by the Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. If you are interesting in participating in an fMRI study and you meet the above eligibility requirements, please contact us at for more information.

(IRB# NA_00067614: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) study of Human Scene and Space Processing”; PI: Dr. Soojin Park)

5. Investigation of Cerebellar Involvement in Cognitive Function

Researchers: Neuroimaging and Modulation Laboratory members (John Desmond PI):

Study Location: 1620 McElderry Street, Reed Hall West first floor

Date Listed: July 1, 2015

Eligibility Requirements: Right handed; native speaker of English; age 19-30; educational attainment of at least eight years

Description: Subjects will perform variations of a verbal working memory task while receiving either functional MRI scans or transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Time: Most experiments require one 2-3 hour visit. One experiment requires two visits, each one lasting 1-2 hours.

Compensation: Subjects will be paid $25/hour

(IRB # IRB00054876, Investigation of cerebellar involvement in cognitive function, PI: John E. Desmond, PhD)