Participate in Research
Most of the studies conducted at the Adult Development and Psychometrics Lab rely on participants from the general public. If you would be interested in taking part in one of our research studies, please read on!
Research participants may be asked to take part in a range of activities or complete a range of tasks, depending on the study. These include:
- answering online or paper-and-pencil surveys
- completing tasks, scales, or measures
- taking part in interviews or focus groups
Taking part in a research study is not as scary as you might think. Most people describe our studies as “fun”, or “something different to do”, or “that really made me think about things”, or “it was kinda like playing a game with my grandkids”. Even for studies that might be a little long (e.g., 2 hrs.), we’ve had participants say “I can’t believe the time just flew by!”.
One question that is often asked is “where do I have to go to take part in the study?” The answer depends on the type of study and the age and health/disability of participants. Sometimes participants must come to UBC but, most often, the research may occur at individuals’ homes or another mutually agreed upon setting (e.g., coffee shop, community centre, library) as appropriate.
A second question that is asked is “am I paid for taking part in the study?” This depends on whether the study is funded or not. If funding is available, then we of course prefer to provide some financial recognition of your time and participation. At other times, the costs of the study are being covered out-of-pocket by a student (e.g., for his/her thesis) or Dr. Hubley. Even when a study is not funded, we are often able to reimburse participants for parking costs for studies conducted at UBC.
Study of Memory, Age, and Wellbeing
Our population is aging but, as a society, we are behind in keeping up our knowledge of what to expect in our oldest age group. Older adults are much healthier than previous generations and are, on average, living longer than previous generations. This age group also has different expectations about the quality of their life than previous generations. The purpose of this study is to (1) explore how memory, feelings about age, and wellbeing are connected in older men and women, and (2) collect additional normative data on the Memory Test for Older Adults (MTOA).
In this study, participants are asked to try different memory tasks as well as answer questions about their feelings about their age, life, and “being you”. We are interested in all adults over the age of 70 but to ensure we represent older adults of all ages and education levels, we are especially seeking the following groups: (a) men ages 80+, (b) women ages 85+, OR (c) men and women ages 55+ who specifically have less than 9 years of education. Participation typically involves one 2-hr. session (or two 1-hr. sessions) that may take place at your home or at UBC or some other convenient but quiet and private location. You must have English as a first language to take part in this study. If you are interested in taking part in this study and helping us learn more about memory, age, and wellbeing, contact Dr. Hubley at 604-822-9223 (please leave a message) or at email@example.com. This study is anticipated to end in Summer, 2016.
If you are interested in taking part in research but are either not interested in, or eligible for, any of the studies listed above, please check back in a few months or contact us about being added to our participant database.
We keep a participant database to help us stay in contact with people who have taken part in our studies and/or would like to in the future. We have a brief questionnaire covering some basic demographic and medical information that we can complete with you over the phone. This takes approximately 5 minutes and will help us determine your eligibility and interest for various studies and thus we have a better idea of who to call and who not to call. Importantly, we do not share our database information with anyone outside of the Adult Development and Psychometrics Lab so your information is kept private and you can always ask to be removed from the database if you no longer want to be contacted. Participation in our research studies is always voluntary so it is entirely up to you whether you want to take part in any specific study.
If you would like us to add your name and contact information to our participant database, please give us a call and leave a message at 604-822-5250 or send an e-mail with your phone number and a best time to call you to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are already in our database but have recently moved, please call or e-mail us your updated contact information!