Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where do studies take place?

Most studies take place on campus in either the "Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology" (PAS) building or in a building named "B.C. Matthews Hall" (BMH; for kinesiology studies).

Will there be parking for me?

In most cases parking will be provided for you on campus. Be sure to confirm parking details with your researchers.

What happens to my data?

Your data, alongside the data of other participants, will be analysed statistically and reported in papers, conference-posters, and the like. Your identity will never be revealed or shared with others.

How long are the studies?

Studies take on average 1 to 3 hours to complete. It varies depending on the type of study being conducted.

Will I be paid for participating?

Most studies offer $10/hour to participants, in appreciation of the time commitment. The details for each study will be explained by the researcher who contacts you.

How often will I be called?

You may be called as often as once a month. During peak data collection times, some participants may receive as many as 2 or 3 calls in a month. At other times it may be several months in between phone calls.
How often you will be called depends on the number of participants needed for the various studies. Even when you have not been called for a while, your name will stay in our database for future studies. You will be kept up-to-date by a newsletter, which will either be e-mailed or mailed directly to your home.

Will I be told how I did on tests?

The purpose of the study will be explained to you at the end of the study. Group (rather than individual) results are communicated to participants upon request, at study completion. Our newsletter also contains summaries of selected studies.

What are the risks involved?

With the paper and pencil and computer tasks, there are no risks involved. You will be informed in advance if there are any risks associated with participating in a particular study. Whether or not you choose to participate in a study is up to you. Your decision about participating in a given study does not impact your eligibility to participate in future studies.

How will personal information be protected?

All personal information is kept strictly confidential in a database that is always password protected. Only research staff associated with the Waterloo Research in Aging Participants Pool (or the particular study that you completed) will ever have access to your information.