Be a Participant


We welcome Duke students and Triangle community members to participate in behavioral research studies!

The IBRC pays an average of $14/hour (varies by study) for participation and studies take place at the IBRC, Fuqua B-Lab, Fuqua Social Cognition LabLevine Science Research Center, and the Social-Psychology Building on Duke's West Campus and online.


What are the steps to sign up for a participant account?

  1. Sign up for our participant pool or log in to your account. To create an account please click “Request Account.” (You must have an email address to create an account.)  Complete the required fields.
  2. Your account will be approved within three business days.
  3. You will receive an email from Duke Behavioral Research with the login name you chose and a random password generated by the system. This is the information you will use to log in.
  4. Once your account is approved, you will read and review our privacy policy and complete a brief survey, called a “pre-screen,” about yourself.
  5. Once you have submitted your prescreen, click “Studies” to see the studies that you qualify to participate in that are running at the lab. Read the instructions and study location carefully before signing up for a time slot.

RECOMMENDED: Change your password as soon as possible to something you will remember.


  1. Researchers at the IBRC design studies for different groups (students vs. non-students, females vs. males, specific age ranges, etc.). When you log in, you may not see the same studies that someone else sees, and that’s okay! The system is designed to only show you the studies in which you can participate.
  2. Every study at the IBRC is different. Make sure you READ STUDY DESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY and feel free to contact researchers directly (researcher contact information can be found under the “Study Information” tab) if you have specific questions. 
  3. Most studies take place at the IBRC, but studies may also be located at Fuqua B-Lab, Fuqua Social Cognition Lab, Levine Science Research Center, and the Social-Psychology Building on Duke's West Campus and online.
  4. If you do not have access to a computer you can also Download the SONA app on your smartphone device.