Teng Lab Experiment Participation

The Teng Lab for Cognition, Action, and Neural Dynamics at SKERI often seeks participants in our ongoing studies. Learn something about vision, hearing, touch, or movement while contributing to the scientific discovery process!

What studies are currently running in the lab?

E-mail List: Sign up here to let us know you're interested, and to stay in the loop about new participation opportunities!

Your information is only used for occasional email announcements and never released outside the lab.


What does participation involve?

More about our methods

What kinds of studies do we do? The details depend on each individual experiment, which we will describe to interested participants during recruitment. Generally our experimental sessions are between 20 minutes and 2 hours long (depending on the study) and involve some combination of the following methods:

  • Lab computer-based experiments. Make judgments about sounds or images presented via VR, computer monitor, and/or headphones in our testing booths.
  • Physical experiments. Use sound, vision or touch to make judgments about physical objects or environments.
  • Mobility and locomotion. Move about a space in or near our institute, or move your head/body while stationary, to capture naturalistic ways of interacting with your real or virtual environment.
  • Electroencephalography (EEG). Wear a cap fitted with electrodes and a conductive gel while we record electrical signals from your scalp in our lab.
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG). Some studies will be performed at the Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory at UCSF's Parnassus campus. Similarly to EEG, your brain activity will be recorded by a suite of sensors around your head, but they will be magnetometers in a solid housing rather than electrodes in a cap.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). For some studies we may collect an MRI scan to image the precise shape of your brain, also at UCSF's imaging facilities.
  • Virtual/remote data collection. Some perception experiments can be conducted online via web browser, and some virtual studies may involve simple survey data collection via web or phone. We may contact individual participants via the form linked above, or recruit using our platform on Prolific.com.


Where else can I volunteer for studies?

Other participation opportunities at SKERI

See here for other participation opportunities at SKERI outside our lab.