For Researchers

  • Researchers, please review the guidelines below as well as the information on the Institutional Review Board (IRB), using the lab and using the SONA system.

  • As a researcher, you'll need to know about our Institutional Review Board, the details of using the BRAD Lab and how to use the SONA system.

    BRAD LAB RESEARCHER GUIDELINES

    This guide describes best practices when using BRAD Lab to conduct behavioral research experiments.

    Contact us (EARLY)

    Before submitting your IRB protocol, please contact Ornuma Wawsri, BRAD Lab Director or the BRAD Lab Coordinators.

    We can help ensure your logistics, costs, and other study details are feasible given our space configurations. We will also begin the process of reserving the appropriate space(s) for your study. The sooner you let us know your plan, the better we can help you.

    Lab space and facilities

    Our lab space is located in Classroom 20, at the Darden School of Business. BRAD Lab has 24 computer stations, 10 additional Microsoft Surface computers, and 20 headphones. We can help you reserve learning team rooms for focus group studies.

    Voluntary participation and IRB requirements

    Following IRB requirements, participation in behavioral research is entirely voluntary and participants may withdraw at any point and still receive compensation. The IRB office is located at One Morton Dr., Suite 500. They can be reached at (434) 924-5999 and at irbsbshelp@virginia.edu. The homepage of the IRB-SBS is available via their website. The protocol form can be downloaded via their website.

    Researchers should follow the confidentiality requirements promoted by IRB. Information about confidentiality is available via the website.

    Every study MUST get IRB approval prior to being conducted at BRAD Lab.

    Submit BRAD Lab request form

    After receiving your IRB approval number, please submit a formal request to use BRAD Lab via our Google Form. After we review the information you provide, we will contact you to set up a meeting to discuss study logistics, and proceed with the experiment.

    Acknowledgement

    By using the services of BRAD Lab, the researcher accepts responsibility for acknowledging our support in the resulting intellectual outputs, including but not limited to: papers, articles, briefings, books, teaching cases, and conferences.

    For more information, please contact us at wawsrio@darden.virginia.edu.

    Thank you!

    The Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia is the IRB responsible for reviewing all non-medical behavioral human research for compliance with federally-mandated research guidelines. Behavioral studies require prior approval of University of Virginia's Institutional Review Board for Social and Behavioral Sciences. Learn more about the training and resources available below. 

    IRB Training

    All researchers listed on an IRB protocol have to complete IRB's training. If you are a researcher interested in participating, please complete the training via the UVA website.

    IRB Documents

    IRB policies and procedures can be downloaded via the UVA website

    Requesting the Lab

    If you are interested in collecting data, please submit a study proposal form. Requested details include the expected time spent, a link to the questionnaire, applicable pre-screen restrictions, IRB approval number and any special requirements. If you have any questions, please contact the Lab Director.

    Lab Location and Directions

    BRAD Lab is located at the Classroom 20 in the basement of the Classroom Building at the Darden School of Business. Please refer to the maps provided below.

    Participant Payment

    Compensation depends on the type and length of the study. Researcher may use flat fees or performance-based reward. The payment can be either gift card or cash. If you would like to request cash for your study, please email the Lab Director with the following information:

    • The approved IRB protocol number
    • Date that you will need cash
    • Total amount of cash and in what denominations
    • Account that money should be charged to (PTAEO number)

    If you have any questions, please contact the Lab Director.

    Equipment & Resources

    The lab has set up 24 computer stations in the room, 11 Microsoft Surface tablets to be used off-site or in a second location, 20 headphones and access to one fNIRS machine for neural imaging. Software includes zLeaf/zTree, Inquisit and MATLab.

    BRAD Lab Combined Study Weekends

    The BRAD Lab Combined Study Weekend initiative provides researchers monthly opportunities to collect research data at Darden. The studies will be held one weekend each month. The cost of staffing and participant payments will be shared in proportion to the time spent by participants on each study. For more information, please contact the Lab Director.

    Hiring Research Assistants

    All research assistants are selected and hired by the Lab Director. Our research assistants have completed human subjects research training as a requirement of all researchers at UVA who conduct human subject research. They have obtained valid CITI certification from Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI). If you need a research assistant, please email the please contact the Lab Director with the required qualifications, job description and time commitment. The Lab Director will find the right research assistant for you.

    Recruit Participants

    BRAD Lab utilizes various ways to recruit participants to join the lab participant pool. Our current pool consists of both students and working people inside and outside the UVA community. All Darden researchers have access to the participant pool administered through the SONA System. If you have any questions regarding recruiting specific populations, please contact the Lab Director.

    The lab has collaborated with JADE Lab to hold tabling sessions on Grounds. We also have our own tabling sessions at the Charlottesville Farmer Market and Friday After Five venue as an effort to recruit the Charlottesville community into our pool. During the tabling efforts, we can run short studies, which are ideal for a pilot test. If researchers are interested in running a short study during tabling sessions, please contact the Lab Director.

    BRAD Lab uses SONA as an online system to manage participant pool and all studies of the lab. The system is administered by the lab coordinator. If you have any questions about using SONA, please contact the lab coordinator.

    Request an Account

    All researchers need a researcher account in order to post and manage their studies on SONA. Please email the lab coordinator your full name, affiliation, email address, and phone number. We will create an account for you.

    Posting Studies

    All studies posted on SONA must have an IRB approval code and study approval from the Lab Director. After you create a study on SONA and complete all required information for your study, the lab coordinator will review and make the approval. You will receive a notification email once your study has been approved.

    SONA ID Number

    All participants on our SONA pool receive a random five-digit number as their identification number on SONA. You can identify your participants on SONA with this SONA ID number only.

    No-show Policies

    Please mark attendance after each of your studies’ timeslot. Participants can be marked as “participated,” “excused no-show” and “unexcused no-show”. BRAD Lab has the policy to deactivate any participant’s account who has three unexcused no-shows automatically. This participant will not be able to sign up for any new studies. To reactivate the account again, the participant should contact the researchers of the studies that he/she missed. If you agree to forgive the unexcused no-show, please forward your decision to BradAdmin@darden.virginia.edu in order to reactivate the account.

    Online Studies

    Researchers can conduct online surveys (Qualtrics) on SONA. The system can automatically grant credits to participants and prevent them from participating in the same survey more than once.

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

    Amazon Mechanical Turk is a platform for recruiting online participants. Download the Amazon Mechanical Turk BRAD Lab guidelines, which share how to recruit participants and run studies on Amazon Turk.