The Healthy Minds Volunteer List is used by various collaborating research labs at the University of Southern California. Together, we are investigating how aging affects vision, decision making, memory, emotion, and physical health. We hope to learn how we can maintain healthy minds and bodies across our lifespan. (A list of professors at USC coordinating these projects is available here).
We usually recruit participants from the community by putting advertisements in newspapers and websites, flyers in senior centers, and notices in various newsletters. In addition to recruiting new participants for each study, we maintain a list of people who have previously expressed an interest in participating in studies on emotion, cognition and aging. Only the researchers listed above and their staff will be permitted access to this list. This list provides an opportunity for researchers and interested participants to connect.
There are a variety of research projects going on at the Davis School of Gerontology and in affiliated departments at USC investigating how aging affects thinking and emotion and what can be done to maintain healthy minds as we age.
What are our studies about?
Our studies typically involve completing various cognitive tasks and answering questionnaires; a few of them also use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to record brain activity while people complete cognitive tasks.
Some studies pay volunteers a stipend for their time; others involve unpaid volunteers. Some of the studies only involve older participants, but many of the studies also include younger and middle-aged adults in order to compare cognitive processes across different age groups.
How do you get involved?
You can join our Healthy Minds Volunteer List. Click Here to be contacted by researchers about studies for which you may be eligible. If contacted, you would have the opportunity to ask questions and decide whether you want to participate. The researchers might also ask you questions to find out if you are eligible for their study.
We would maintain a record of the preferences you state concerning what type of studies you would like to be contacted about and how often you would like to participate in studies. We would also keep a record of when you were contacted and when you participated in a study so that we do not contact you about studies more often than you would like. No information about your performance in any study would be included in this list and your contact information will be treated in a confidential manner. We will not distribute your information to anyone not affiliated with the USC Healthy Minds research projects.
Completion of the contact information indicates you are interested in being contacted about future studies, but does not obligate you to participate in any study.
What if I want to be removed from the list?
You may remove your name at any point from the list by contacting Rico Velasco at 213-740-9543. No information about your performance in any study would be included in this list and your contact information will be treated in a confidential manner. We will not distribute your information to anyone not affiliated with the USC Healthy Minds research projects.