Getting paid for participating in research can be a nice way to earn some cash if you have some spare time on hand. However, some people are hesitant to participate because they are cautious of the very real consequences of clinical trials and similar experiments. Fortunately for them, psychological research happens fairly often and tend to be limited to asking participants to use their brains for a few hours. Although hospitals and universities are probably the most prominent psychological researchers, you might also be able to find opportunities from other organizations.
Compile a list of hospitals in your local area. Check their websites to see which ones do research in psychology and eliminate the others from your list. Contact these hospitals to ask them about psychological research participation opportunities. Sign up for a list in which they will contact you when opportunities arise. If possible, contact their research labs directly. If not, try getting contact information for the research labs by calling their general help lines.
Similarly, find a list of universities in your local area that conduct psychological research. You don't need to restrict the list to universities in your particular city, but keep it local because opportunities too different are not worth your time. Check their websites for paid participation opportunities and sign up for alerts if possible. If you can't find a website listing, contact each university's Department of Psychology to ask about their current research participation opportunities and the places where their researchers might post news.
Check your local newspapers regularly to see if any psychology research participation opportunities have been posted. Similarly, go to classified advertisement websites to check for the same opportunities. Be careful not to get scammed by fraudulent listings. If you are unsure, contact the organization that is supposedly running the study to confirm that the listing is legitimate. Avoid it if the organization is so obscure that you can find no trace of its existence.
Many organizations conduct their psychology research through the Internet, which gives you access to many more studies than otherwise possible. You can either start your own search by typing "online psychology research" into a search engine. Make sure that the website is legitimate because online scams are common. Search the name of the organization and the website to see if people are making complaints about them.
Tips & Warnings
- Verify that the study is legitimate before agreeing to provide payment or other personal information.
- Feel free to stop participating in a study if you do not feel comfortable with the task.
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