Registration to Participate in SSEL Experiments

If you are a registered Caltech student, you are welcome to complete the information on this page in order to become eligible for participation in research studies conducted at SSEL. If you are not a registered Caltech student you are not eligible to participate.

Informed Consent Information

Please review the information below before clicking accept at the bottom.

Registered subjects are invited to participate in a research study at SSEL. The purpose of this study is to help social scientists better understand decision-making by observing your decisions. Information that could identify you will remain confidential and will disclosed only with your permission or as required by law.

You may sign up to participate in specific experiments using our web calendar or in response to an email invitation. The calendar indicates the start and end time of available sessions and the show-up payment. Some sessions may have restrictions on who is eligible to participate and/or a consent agreement in addition to this one. If so, this will be clearly described during the sign up process.

If you choose to sign up for an experiment, you are expected to arrive five minutes before the scheduled time. Students who fail to show up on time after signing up for experiments may be designated as inactive and ineligible for future experiments. If you chose to participate, you will be asked to make decisions for which you will be paid. At the beginning of the session you will receive detailed and accurate instructions describing how payments will depend on decisions made by you and other participants. The use of deception by experimenters at SSEL is prohibited. The rules and the payments may vary across sessions and may differ between participants. Interaction takes place over a computer network, and your identity is not revealed to other participants. If you show up for an experiment on time you are entitled to a show up payment of at least $5.00. Participants do not waive any legal rights through their participation. Your participation is voluntary. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time without penalty. Should you chose to withdraw after showing up on time, or if we cannot use you in the session for any reason, you are still entitled to the show up payment and are under no further obligation to us. If you chose to participate for the entire experiment that you signed up for, you are entitled to the show-up payment plus whatever money you have earned during the course of the experiment. Payment is made in cash, in private, and you will be asked to sign a payment receipt. The receipt is for accounting purposes only and will not be linked to your responses. Your annual earnings from experiments at SSEL will be reported to the Institute for accounting purposes

Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your relationship with Caltech or any other organization. If you have any questions about SSEL, the research conducted at SSEL, or if you wish to remove your name from our list and stop receiving notifications contact the Lab Manager, at (626)395-8088.

If you are interested in participating please provide your name and email address in the form above. This information is used only to organize and administer experiments.

By clicking "accept" you are indicating that you have read and agreed with this information. Once registered, we will contact you in the future by email to let you know of forthcoming sessions, or you may sign up directly on our calendar. If you are not eligible for a particular experiment, the registration system will block you from signing up. You are welcome to print out a copy of this page for your records.

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