Research Participants

Our research depends very importantly on the participation of individuals like you. We appreciate the time and dedication that our participants give us, and we're proud of our ties to both the UCCS community and  the greater community of the Pikes Peak region. We've been building these ties for more than 10 years. We want you to feel informed, comfortable, and safe when you come to spend time with us in our laboratory.

What's Involved?

We're generally running several different studies simultaneously, and each involves slightly different procedures. However, just about every study you might participate in will involve the following: answering questions about yourself (age, education, current and recent mood, etc.), having electrodes placed on your head for recording of brain activity, and performing a task that involves rating the pleasantness and unpleasantness of images or words. At the end of the study you will be "debriefed," which means a research assistant will explain the research goals and research. You will also have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the study and about your participation. The length of time you'll spend in the laboratory varies between studies, but typically is at least an hour-and-a-half. For any specific study you might participate in, we'll tell you ahead of time how long you should plan for. We'll also tell you ahead of time about the specific activities that you'll participate in for that study.
_____ UCCS Neurophysiology Lab Team 2012
How Do I Get Involved as a Student?

If you're a UCCS student, please look for our studies in the Sona System. If you're having trouble finding specific studies, send us an email ( and we'll let you know what's available at the moment. You'll receive course extra credit if you participate in a study.

How Do I Get Involved as a Member of the Community?

For members of the greater Pikes Peak region community, please call Dr. Kisley at 719-255-4177 or email Please provide your name and contact information, and a research assistant will call you back with a few brief questions. We'll get back to you within the week to schedule a convenient time for you to come in. We pay community members a nominal rate for their time, and we'll cover the parking costs too.  


If we don't need volunteers at that moment, we will likely need volunteers in upcoming months. We'll let you know about our current studies and what they involve. If the project interests you, we will schedule a time for you to come into the lab.

We thank you ahead of time for participating in our research and helping us contribute to the study of emotion and attention!