Participate in a study

The Translational Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (T-SCAN) Lab at Rice University is seeking volunteers for multiple studies. See below.

If you are a primary caregivers for a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, you may be eligible to participate in a research study on emotion.

Participation is 100% online, meaning you can participate from the comfort of your own home or wherever you are.

The full study involves about 4 hours of participation over the course of 4 weeks. You will be compensated for your time in the study, up to $90 total.

Your participation will come in three parts. First, you will meet with someone for our lab for a one-hour video-chat session where you will do a task looking at and making ratings about various images. Second, you will complete brief (30 sec) surveys throughout the day via mobile phone for one week. And third, we will follow up at the end of 4 weeks to ask how you have been. Participants will be compensated for their time in the study.

For more information, see our brochure.

If you have recently lost a romantic partner, you may be eligible to participate in a research study on the neural mechanisms of bereavement and emotion processing.

Seeking individuals who have recently lost a romantic partner (within the past 9 months)

Participation involves 7 visits total in which you will complete questionnaires and a task that requires you to look at pictures and evaluate them. Two of the five sessions will also involve brain scanning (fMRI) and heart rate monitoring, and two of the sessions will involve blood draws.

Five sessions will be at Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative and will last 30 minutes, and two will be at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center and will last 90 minutes.

Participants will be monetarily compensated for their time in the study.

For more information, see our brochure.

These research study have been reviewed and approved by Rice University Institutional Review Board. If you have concerns regarding this study or questions regarding your rights as a study participant, please contact Stephanie Thomas, IRB Compliance Administrator. Email: or Telephone: 713-348-3586.