Behavioral Research at Darden

For Researchers

On this page, you will find BRAD Lab resources for IRB procedures, study design, participant recruitment and study management. Please note that some resources require Darden portal access. If you have any unanswered questions, please e-mail


Behavioral studies require prior approval of University of Virginia's Institutional Review Board for Social and Behavioral Sciences (IRB-SBS). On this page, you will find resources related to IRB.

IRB Training

All researchers listed on an IRB protocol have to complete IRB's training. To complete the training go to

IRB Documents

IRB policies and procedures can be downloaded at IRB forms are available at

IRB Preparation

If you would like to receive help on your IRB preparation, please contact Beatrice Boulu-Reshef or Yi Zhang.

Study Design

Notes from BRAD Lab Research Workshops

  • View slides from the BRAD Lab research workshop on the methodology of behavioral marketing
  • View slides from the BRAD Lab research workshop on the methodology of experimental economics
  • View slides from the BRAD Lab research workshop on the methodology of social psychology

Online Studies

BRAD Lab has created guidelines for conducting online studies. Download the guidelines.


Qualtrics allows researchers to create online studies. All Darden researchers are entitled to have a Qualtrics account. To log in to your account or sign up for one, go to

Participant Recruitment & Study Management

BRAD Lab Participant Pool

All Darden researchers have access to the BRAD Lab Participant Pool administered through the SONA System. You can log in to your SONA account here. To download the BRAD Lab guidelines for using the SONA System to recruit participants and manage your studies, click here. Prior to using the BRAD Lab participant pool for the first time, please consult with Beatrice Boulu-Reshef or Yi Zhang.

Guidelines for Participant Compensation

To review the guidelines for paying participants click here. Prior to using the BRAD Lab participant pool for the first time, please consult with Beatrice Boulu-Reshef or Yi Zhang about structuring participant compensation.

Recruiting Participants through Amazon Mechanical Turk

Amazon Mechanical Turk is a platform for recruiting online participants. To download the BRAD Lab guidelines on how to recruit participants and run studies on Amazon Turk, click here.

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