Studies Currently Recruiting

Below is a list of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience's studies that are currently looking for participants. If you are interested and meet the basic eligibility requirements for the study, please contact the Study Coordinator listed. For additional opportunities, please see here.

Research Participation Registry

The Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience 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

Study On Economic Decision-Making And Well-Being

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!

Scanning the Brains of Sleeping Infants and Toddlers

We are recruiting participants for a study assessing age-appropriate strategies to take pictures of the brains of infants using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This will hopefully lead to us being able to investigate how the brain develops in the first two years of life. Parents/guardians of healthy full term children (3 to 24 months) are invited to contact our study staff for more information. Study participation takes 2-3 hours and families will receive $50-$150 for their participation. This study has received UW-Health Sciences IRB approval and is part of the research program of the Waisman Center under the direction of Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.

Please contact the study recruitment coordinator Ron Fisher at 608-262-9230 or the study coordinator Brittany Travers at 608-263-6318 or all staff at