Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Participate in Studies

The Unit for Experimental Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, is recruiting individuals interested in participation in sleep and sleep deprivation research studies. We investigate the effects of sleep deprivation and shortened sleep on performance measures, including reaction time and memory function. In addition, we study the effects of sleep loss on the way brain activity (EEG) appears as it “catches up” on lost sleep, and we measure several other body and brain functions that may be affected by sleep deprivation. The research currently performed by the Unit is supported by grants from NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies.

Participants must be between 21 to 50 years of age, non-smokers, physically and mentally healthy, and have stable sleep patterns. Participants are also required to undergo a brief telephone screening and 1 to 4 laboratory evaluations in order to determine eligibility for the study. If qualified, participation would involve between 1 and 16 days in our research facility, depending on the particular research study. Remuneration is dependent upon the time commitment.

If you are interested in participating in one of our research studies, please call 215-573-5855 for further details.

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