HBS Research Study Participation
Welcome to the online system for participating in research studies through Harvard Business School.
In the menu bar to the left, please click "Your Account" to log in, or "Register" to create a new account.
All participants must be:
- US citizens OR permanent residents with valid SSN OR eligible to receive payment from Harvard University (click here for information on requirements for non-citizens)
- 18 years of age or older.
- NOT on the payroll at Harvard University.
- fluent in English.
- comfortable using a computer.
- Register to be a member of the subject pool by completing the form connected to the "Register" link in the left menu bar.
- Do this only once. If you register twice you may be blocked from all CLER studies.
- If you are a returning participant (that is, you created a profile in or before March 2009), you will be asked to verify information from your original profile as part of the account creation process.
- During the account creation process, you will have to click on a link that is delivered to the email account you provide. For security reasons, this link expires after 48 hours, so please be sure to complete the process promptly.
- If you experience a problem during registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- For US citizens, providing your Social Security Number is no longer required to register. However, if you earn $75 or greater in a particular session, you may be required to provide your SSN at the time you receive payment. Click here for more information.
Study Participation and Managing Your Account
- After you are registered, you will be able to log in to a secure server using the "Your Account" link on the left menu bar.
- While logged in, you will be able to view sessions you are eligible to sign up for, view your upcoming sessions and your participation history, and update your profile if needed.
Lab Study Information
- Read the study description carefully before signing up for a session. You must meet any additional eligibility criteria described there.
- Verify the location of the study, and that you can show up on time. Participants must arrive on time to be eligible for any payment. Many experiments require a minimum or specific number of participants, so it is important to show up if you have signed up. The researcher may not be able to run the experiment if there are not enough participants present.
- A repeated failure to show up on time may result in exclusion from eligibility for future sessions.
- Studies usually last 1 to 2 hours (payments are higher for longer experiments).
- Studies may include individual tasks or involve interactions with others.
- You may be required to present positive ID when you show up (and/or a valid student ID if the session is only for students).
Online Study Information
- Even if you are not a local resident, you can register to participate in occasional online studies.
- Online studies generally take 15-45 minutes to complete. You are typically given a window of 24-36 hours to complete the study.
The use of this website is at your own risk. We make no representations of our ability to offer study opportunities to volunteers and we reserve the right to terminate, discontinue or deactivate any participant or applicant at any time for any reason with or without notice.
- For most lab studies conducted at HBS, payments range from $15 to $40, with an average of $20-$25. Minimum payment of $10 if you sign up, are eligible, and show up. Note: To receive any payment, you must arrive on time!
- Most online studies take less than 15 minutes to complete, and most payments are in the form of $5 electronic gift certificates. Specific information will always be included in the recruitment announcement.
Feel free to e-mail us with questions, comments or ideas.