Study Participation

Are you interested in taking part in scientific research? Please see below for a list of studies that are actively recruiting. If you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact the study coordinator via phone or email as indicated. All information is kept confidential. Please check back reguarly for new listings or sign up to receive e-mail updates.

Research Participation Registry

The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center is looking for individuals who would like to participate in a research registry. This is simply a list of people who have given their permission to be contacted and invited to participate in future research studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Many of these research studies are paid. Your participation in these studies is voluntary and you may discontinue your participation in any study at any time. By helping research studies enroll participants from a wide range of backgrounds, this registry will help to ensure that the results of a study apply to a broad range of people.

What kind of research would I be contacted about?
The details of each study will be clearly explained when you are invited to participate.  In general, our group is interested in emotion, the brain, as well as physical & mental health.

Who’s eligible?
Anyone 18 years or older.

Contact: John Koger 608-263-0132 or email

Baby Brain & Behavior Project

The Baby Brain & Behavior Project investigates early brain and emotion-related behavior development. The purpose of our research is to learn more about how very early experiences influence the developing brain and impact child well-being. We are building on over twenty-five years of collaborative research. For the first time, we will observe brain and behavioral development concurrently during the first weeks of life and throughout the first two years of life.

We are enrolling pregnant women who are 18-40 years old, not expecting multiple births, and who are less than 28 weeks.  For more information, call 608-890-3073, email at or visit

Economic Decision Making Study

We are inviting adult volunteers to participate in a series of experiments regarding decision-making, body awareness, and well-being. You will be compensated with pay and/or fun prizes! Each session lasts between 30 minutes and 2.5 hours. Sessions will be held in the Brogden Psychology Building, 1202 W Johnson St. Call 608-262-5178 or email for more info, or to sign up!

Veterans Wellness Study

We are conducting a research study to evaluate the effects of complementary and alternative programs for military veterans returning home from combat. We are recruiting veterans who served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of the study, we are offering a free workshop that may include group discussions, breathing exercises, meditation and gentle stretching. The results of the study will help determine if complementary and alternative programs are beneficial for veterans with PTSD and pinpoint which strategies are most effective for certain types of people. The study's sessions take place at the Waisman Center on the UW-Madison campus. Depending on the level of participation, individuals are paid up to $380. Reimbursement for gas (within 100 miles of Madison) is offered. Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom who are interested in participating in the study are encouraged to call 608-263-0803 or send an email to schedule a screening appointment.

Please note that although our research is showing promising results, our research center does not endorse certain practices over others. We invite you to explore the practices that you find suitable for your needs. Our resources page lists some mindfulness and yoga related resources for veterans.

Participant recruitment is underway – learn more at our study website and project description page.

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