College of Education / Educational Psychology Subject Pool

The Bureau of Educational Research is no longer overseeing the college subject pool and the Department of Educational Psychology has been asked to take it over. To facilitate this process we are planning to switch to a web-based STUDY ANNOUNCEMENT sign-up board, rather than using the board in the second floor hallway. We’ll also make a few procedure changes to ensure some oversight.

Instructions for Investigators:

  1. Once you obtain your campus Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval letter for a project, please email Julie Kellogg with the PROTOCOL NUMBER(S) and NAME(S) of the active study/studies, and either a website, electronic flyer, or email/phone information so that your request can be listed on our website. Labs that run multiple, ongoing studies that are listed on the lab websites can just provide a LAB URL that will be listed for students to link to. You should also include 1-3 sentences about the study if you do not have a lab website in which details about participation (e.g., length of session; any requirements for participation) are provided.
  2. Included in the list below are other departments/labs/projects on campus with reciprocal agreements for their students. For example, LING 111 & LING 225 have agreed to give credit for participation in experiments in COE studies. COE Faculty are asked to likewise give credit for COE students who participate in LING experiments.
  3. Instructors who require study participation or who give extra credit for participation can simply LIST THIS WEBSITE on their syllabi and ask students to visit it to locate studies to sign up for.
  4. At the beginning of each semester we will email to remind faculty to send information about projects for subject pool participants for that semester.
  5. At the end of each semester, all projects listed on the subject pool board will be deleted unless Julie is asked to leave a project up past the end of a semester or remove a project before the end of the semester.

Instructions for Students:

If your course requires that you complete at least 1 subject pool project, or offers extra credit for participation in studies, please review the open projects below and contact the PI either via their website or listed contact information to schedule the project.  Once completed, please have the experimenter sign a participation card and return it to your course instructor for credit.

Human Subject Pool Experiment Participation Form


  • PIs: Dr. Jerome Packard and Yihan Zhou
    Project Title: Mandarin pronunciation experiment
    Chinese native speakers are needed for this experiment. In this study, you will be asked to pronounce phrases in Chinese. The total experiment time should be less than 30 minutes. Participants will be compensated with 0.5 extra credit. If you would like to participate, please email Yihan Zhou ( to get the experiment link and your experiment number.
  • PIs: Dr. Jose Mestre & Adnan RebeiContact: or (217) 721-8356In this study you will be asked to read several passages in a self-paced study using a keyboard and a screen. Each session will take less than an hour to finish. The study requires students whose first language is English.
  • PI: Dr. Tania Ionin and Mien-Jen WuContact: mwu43@illinois.eduProject Title: TS ExperimentENGLISH and CHINESE native speakers are needed for this experiment. For English native speakers, you will rate sentences based on given context, and the whole experiment should take less than 30 minutes. For Chinese native speakers the experiment is similar, but there will be two sessions, and the gap between the two sessions should be at least two weeks. The total experiment time (two sessions) for Chinese native speakers should be less than 1 hour. If you would like to participate, please email Mien-Jen Wu ( to get the experiment link and your experiment number. You can complete the task at any time and any place you want, but you need to have a computer with stable Internet access to do so. English native speakers will be compensated with 0.5 extra credit and Chinese native speakers will be compensated with 1 extra credit after finishing the whole experiment.
  • PI: Dr. Helen NevilleContact: American women undergraduates are needed for this study. In Part One, you will complete a survey that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. In Part Two, you will be asked to spend 25 minutes or less completing math questions. Participants who complete both parts of the study will receive course credit, a food prize, and free food.
  • PI: Dr. Kiel Christianson
    Dr. Christianson has experiments for both native and nonnative speakers of English.  Most of his experiments require you to read sentences and answer questions while your eye movements are monitored. Some experiments entail doing math problems or reading text without eye tracking.
  • PI: Dr. Liz Stine-Morrow
    Dr. Stine-Morrow is looking for people to help with her research on adult literacy.  Her experiments typically take 2 hours.  You will read some passages on a computer screen as your eye movements are monitored.  You will also do some paper-and-pencil and computerized tasks about memory and language comprehension.
  • PI: Dr. Darren Tanner

    Dr. Tanner’s lab studies language processing in both native and second language populations. Some experiments monitor brainwaves while participants perform tasks related to language and cognition, others monitor eye movements, and others require only behavioral responses. 

If you have any questions, please email Professor Kiel Christianson.