What is the USC Healthy Minds Research Volunteer Registry?

The USC Healthy Minds Research Volunteer Registry is comprised of individuals who are interested in helping research labs at the University of Southern California. USC researchers are working towards a greater understanding of how aging can affect physical, mental and emotional health. Our goal is to learn how we can maintain healthy minds and bodies across our lifespan.

What are our studies about?

Our studies typically involve completing cognitive tasks and questionnaires. A few of them also use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to record brain activity while people complete tasks.

There are a variety of research projects going on at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology investigating how aging affects thinking and emotion and what can be done to maintain healthy minds as we age. Click on the “Studies” tab above for current studies.

Some studies only involve older participants, while other studies also include younger and middle-aged adults in order to compare cognitive processes across different age groups.

Is compensation offered?

Some studies pay volunteers a stipend for their time; others involve unpaid volunteers. Compensation amounts vary per study. There is no payment for signing up for the registry.

How do you get involved?

By clicking on the “Volunteer!” tab at the top, you will review some information about the registry then provide us your contact information. This will allow us to contact you for upcoming studies in which you may be eligible. If contacted, you would have the opportunity to ask questions and decide whether you want to participate. The researchers might also ask you questions to determine if you are eligible for their study.  Completing the registration form indicates you are interested in being contacted about future studies, and does not obligate you to participate in any study.

Your privacy is important to us, and your information will be treated in a confidential manner. We will not distribute your information to anyone not affiliated with the USC Healthy Minds research projects.

This registry provides an opportunity for researchers and interested participants to connect.

What if I want to be removed from the registry or if I have questions?

Please contact us at uschm@usc.edu or 213-740-9543.

Ready to join us?

Our research groups are investigating what can be done to maintain healthy minds and bodies as we age. Would you like to help?