What is the purpose of the research?  We are recruiting healthy, control participants and people diagnosed with schizophrenia for several research studies. We will compare data from controls with data from people with schizophrenia to better understand cognition and emotion in people with schizophrenia. 

Who can participate? Controls:  Age 18-65 and have no history of psychiatric diagnosis, and People Diagnosed with Schizophrenia:  Age 18-65 and prior diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or psychosis  

What will participants be asked to do? Make 2 study visits to our laboratory lasting approximately 2-4 hrs. Complete paper and pencil tasks and questionnaires. Complete computer-based games assessing emotion and cognition  

Where is the study taking place?  The Psychology Department building on the University of Georiga campus  

How much does it cost?  There is no cost for participation.  

Will I receive payment of some kind?  All volunteers will receive $20 cash per hour for their participation (typically $80-100 total).  

How can I find out if I’m eligible to participate?  Call the lab at 706-510-7101 for a confidential screening.  

What happens during the appointment? Our research studies involve a variety of activities. For example, participants will meet with a member of our staff who will conduct a clinical interview that assesses recent life experiences and psychiatric symptoms. Then we may ask you to complete questionnaires related to your emotional experience. Depending on the study, we may also ask you to complete some paper and pencil neuropsychological tests that measure different thinking abilities (e.g., attention) or computerized tests that examine emotion. Many people find these computer experiments to be like fun games. Most of our research studies are completed in one visit that lasts a few hours. It is also possible to have shorter visits and split the research study up over multiple days. We will work with you to accommodate your schedule and can offer appointments in evenings and on weekends. Individuals who participate in these research studies receive money as compensation for their time. We are able to assist with transportation (taxi) to and from the lab to help make it easier to come to your appointment.  

Why is the research important? Your participation will help us learn more about the emotional, cognitive, and brain-related processes that are associated with schizophrenia. We aim to use the information gained in these studies to develop better ways to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia.

Contact Us: If you are interested in participating, please contact us at canlab@uga.edu or 706-510-7101.