How to sign up

We are currently recruiting participants for a number of studies. We are specifically looking for adults between the ages of 18 and 30 and children between the ages of 4 and 6 who meet the following criteria:

- Right handed
- Not currently (or within the past six months) on psychoactive medications
- Willing to get your hair damp

To participate in an experiment, send us an e-mail at and we will respond as soon as we can!

Alternatively, if you are a UMass student looking for extra credit in Psychology courses you can find appointments available for experiments in our lab (and many others) by logging into the SONA research system (, detailed instructions can be found at To find studies from the NCaP lab, just search for "Lisa Sanders" on SONA.

What to expect

Experiments in our lab generally take between 1 - 3 hours to complete, during which time you will see or hear various different types of simple stimuli and be asked to make judgments about them. If you are participating in an EEG experiment, you will additionally wear a comfortable, flexible electrode cap during the session so that we can record your brainwaves (which we are happy to show you if you want!). You will have multiple chances to take breaks during the experiment, and drinks and snacks will be available during breaks. To be energetic and prepared to participate, we ask that you do the following before coming in to the lab:

- Get a good night's sleep the night prior to your session

- Schedule your appointment for the time of day at which you are at your cognitive best

- Wash and fully dry your hair the day of your session, and refrain from using any hair products

- If you normally wear contacts, if possible wear glasses (or bring glasses and a contact case)

How to find us
The NCaP lab is located in Tobin Hall, room 655, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

If your child is participating with us and you will be driving to the lab, please meet us by the third floor entrance to Tobin Hall. A research assistant will meet you there with a parking pass and show you where to park. If you have any difficulty finding the building or finding parking, please call the lab at (413) 545-5903.

Driving directions:
From 116, take the University of Massachusetts exit. Turn onto North Hadley Road/Massachusetts Avenue and continue towards the campus. Make a left onto Commonwealth Avenue and then a right onto Hicks Way. The turn for Hicks Way is between the Boyden Gym and the Mullins Center, just past the Commonwealth Honors College dorms. Continue on Hicks Way until you come to a stop sign. Turn right and follow the road under an overpass between two buildings. You will see parking spaces on your right. The parking area overlooks Garber athletic field. Please park in the spaces marked "Tow Zone - Dev Psych Appointment Only". 

The Neurocognition and Perception Lab (e-mail:, phone: 413-545-5903) is part of the Psychological and Brain Sciences department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst