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


  • Project: Grimoire
    Below is a link to an experiment you can complete online for 1 extra credit point.  Participation should take less than an hour.  This opportunity is open to speakers of English with any language background (even if you are not a native speaker of English).  The task simply involves reading some partial sentences and finishing them with the first thing that comes to mind.  Please consider participating!  Let me know if you have any questions.
  • NAME of the study: DE study
    PI: Dr. Tania Ionin
    Contact: Chung-yu Chen (

    We are recruiting Mandarin native speakers in the US who learned English as a second language. The experiment is completely online and takes about 1-1.5 hours. Participants will be compensated with monetary compensation (USD 10) or course credits. 
  • Project: Fortune Teller
    This is a for-credit/paid ERP study for right-handed native speakers of American English. During the study, you will read some sentences while your naturally occurring brainwaves are recorded. Participants can receive 2 class credits or $10/hour. To sign up, go to additional information, email Emily Charny at
  • Project Title: Peanut
    Contact: Jeffrey Green at
    In this experiment, you will listen to sentences and look at pictures on a computer screen while your eye movements are measured.  We are looking for native speakers of English, Spanish, or Mandarin.  The study will take 30-50 minutes, and you will receive either credit for 1 hour of participation or $10. 


  • Project title: Twix
    Contact: Kari Schwink (
    Scheduling link:
    This is a paid/for-credit ERP study for right-handed native speakers of American English. During the study, you will read some sentences while your naturally occurring brainwaves are recorded. The study takes approximately two hours, and you can receive two credits for your participation. If you have any questions, please email
  • Contact: Billy Fairfield - 
    For this study, we are interested to determine if b-hydroxy b-methylbutyrate (HMB) + Vitamin D3 supplementation with or without resistance exercise training can increase skeletal muscle size and function as well as improve body composition. Those in the training groups will come into Freer Hall 3 times per week for 12 weeks to engage in a machine-based resistance training program. All participants will take a supplement (either the nutritional supplement or a placebo). In order to be included participants must meet the following criteria
    -Between 45-60 years of age
    -BMI under 35 (here is a handy calculator if you don’t know (
    -Free of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease
    -No use of tobacco products
    -Engage in minimal (or no) exercise. We will have you fill out questionnaires to determine this.
    -Daily vitamin D supplementation under 1000IU
    The first step would be coming into Freer hall here on campus for an Informed Consent visit. This will give us an opportunity to detail the study in its entirety and give you a chance to receive clarification on any questions you may have. If you do decide to participate, we will have you fill out some questionnaires to determine your eligibility for inclusion. Once this visit is complete we can begin to schedule the 5 other “pre-intervention” appointments including equipment familiarization, 2 maximum strength testing visits, an MRI, and a clinical measurement day (including body composition scan, blood draw, urine analysis, and muscle sample). Once these appointments are complete you will begin the intervention. Participants are randomly assigned to one of four groups: 1) resistance training + nutritional supplement 2) Resistance training + placebo supplement 3) Non-training + nutritional supplement 4) non-training + placebo supplement. Each groups intervention will be 12 weeks in duration and then measurements taken from the beginning will be assessed again to determine changes.
  • PI: Mien-Jen Wu
    Project Title: QN Experiment
    English native speakers are needed for this experiment, and you will judge English sentences based on given pictures. The experiment will take 30 mins-1 hour, and you will receive 1 extra credit. If you have any question, please email Mien-Jen Wu ( Scheduling: 
  • PI: Stephanie Landblom
    Looking for native speakers of Spanish(from a country where Spanish is spoken). We are currently investigating some aspects of the Spanish language and we are looking for participants. You would be asked to complete a series of computer-based tasks and a recording experiment. This takes about 30-45 minutes and you will receive 1 credit for it. If you are interested, you may send me an email or sign up here:
  • PI: Dr. Liz Stine-Morrow
    The Adult Learning Lab is looking for people to help with research about Working Memory! This experiment will take about 4.5 hours in total, and will require participants to come in on 3 alternate days. You will do a series of questionnaires and tasks looking at personality, language and memory for about 2 hours on day 1. On day 2 you will practice a working memory game for about 1.25 hours, and on day 3 you will do another the series of questionnaires looking at personality and memory for about 1.25 hours. You will get breaks between the activities if needed and you will be compensated 1 extra credit per hour of the study you participated in. To participate in this study you must be over 18, a fluent English speaker, and have normal or corrected vision. This study will be held at the Adult Learning Lab, Room 1532 at the Beckman Institute. The dates are flexible based on your schedule and the experimenters’ schedules. Please email or call the Adult Learning lab at (217) 244-7336 if you are interested in participating! 


  • Chinese native speakers and L2 learners of Chinese are needed for this experiment. In this study, you will be asked to read sentences word by word and fill out an acceptability judgment task. The total experiment time is 30-40 minutes for native speaker and 50-60 minutes for L2 learners. Participants will be compensated with extra credit. If you would like to participate, please email Junghwan Maeng ( to sign up for an appointment. Additional details for this study can be found here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
If you have any questions, please email Professor Kiel Christianson.