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Call for Research Participants

The purpose of this study is to examine how people learn and make use of novel user-interfaces, such as software applications. Your participation will include providing information about your basic demographics, personality, preferences, and habits via online questionnaires. This will be followed by some combination of online and laboratory tasks--laboratory sessions are scheduled at a later date, and will be held at Draper Labs in Cambridge, MA. Tasks may include cognitive/affective tests, simulations, or other interactive activities. You may be asked to engage in these tasks by yourself or in collaboration with other participants. As part of these tasks, preceding them or following them, you may be asked to complete batteries of questionnaires to assess your task-related experiences. You will be made fully aware of the kind of activity expected from you prior to the start of your laboratory session.

Eligibility Information

Participation in this research is open to any persons between the ages of 18 and 60 years, that are not incarcerated (i.e., prisoners) or a member of another legally protected population (i.e., intellectually handicapped, children, etc.). Pregnant women, or women who identify as potentially being pregnant, are not be eligible to participate in non-stationary tasks (walking, moving, holding objects). However, should you feel that you meet the requirements given your experience, we will consider eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Study Details

Study Duration: Your participation in this study may involve up to 3 hours of your time: approximately 30-60 minutes to fill out online questionnaires and up to 90-120 minutes during your session at the laboratory. Additional follow-up sessions that constitute additional laboratory sessions may be solicited.

Participant Involvement: Participation involves both completion of the online questionnaires, online tasks, and the laboratory session. Should you opt out of participation in online components, you may not be invited to subsequent laboratory sessions. Participation in the online components neither obligates you to participate in the laboratory session nor guarantees that you will be selected to participate in subsequent sessions, online or within the laboratory.

Compensation: Participants will be paid $15 per hour (or fraction thereof), up to $45 (3 hours) for both initial online questionnaires and initial laboratory components. Any follow-up sessions will pay the same rate ($15/hr) up to $30 per follow-up session. The total payment possible for participating in all study components--questionnaire, initial laboratory study, and 3 follow-up sessions--is $135. If, after completing the online questionnaire or online tasks, you choose not to participate in the laboratory session, your payment will be prorated accordingly. All payments will be made immediately upon the completion of the in-person laboratory or follow-up sessions.

Contact Information. To register as a participant or just to learn more about this unique research opportunity, please contact us at by replying to this post and provide us a contact email and phone number. Once you have registered, you will be contacted by a member of the research staff to determine your eligibility, given the available tasks and procedures available for testing, and obtain some preliminary information about you.

Thank you in advance for your interest and consideration

Krysta Chauncey, Ph.D.
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
555 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139-3563
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