Lab Use Application

Note: our lab's IRB protocol number is IRB19-0503

Connect project to Sona

What is the URL for your Sona study?*
Is there another part to this study?


Please upload the first page of your IRB approval letter*
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Link to cloud-based document (preferred)

Please upload your study's IRB protocol*
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Link to cloud-based document (preferred)

Please upload any documents describing the standard operating procedure for your study, as well as any research papers relevant to your study

(These are helpful for our research assistants)

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Who (or what) is the funding source for this project?*

(As indicated in your IRB letter of approval)

Do you need to add any additional funding sources?


Who is the designated recipient of these funds?*

(This is the researcher to whom the grant/gift/fund is awarded)

Who is the Principal Investigator for this project?*
Please list all the researchers (e.g. collaborators, research assistants, experimenters) associated with the project?



Do you need to add additional researchers to your study?

Whom should we contact in case something goes wrong with the study?*
Will any researchers require keycard access to the lab?

(Please use the exact name that appears on their Harvard ID)



Do any other researchers require keycard access?


What are the main disciplines that describe your study? Check all that apply.
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Social Psychology
  • Marketing
  • Public Policy
  • Communication
  • Health Decision Making
  • Government
  • Education
  • Other

If other, please specify:*

What methodologies will your study be using?
Online Questionnaire
  • Qualtrics
  • Other online survey platform
Interactive Study
  • Face-to-face Interactions
  • Computer Assisted interactions
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Facial Recordings
Physiological Recordings
  • Impedance Cardiography
  • Blood Pressure
  • EMG
  • Saliva Analysis

Will you require help with the research design?*

Will you require programming assistance?*

Would you like to make this a walk-in study?
What is this?

If your study is an individual study that can be fully run by the HDSL RAs, you can make it a walk-in study. This will make it much easier to recruit participants because people do not have to pre-plan, they do it at their own time, and there are no show-up fees involved. When creating the study on Sona, make sure to add ‘Harvard Decision Science Laboratory’ as a researcher

Would you like to make this an on-reserve study?
What is this?

If your study can be fully run by the HDSL RAs but has requirements that can limit availability (room availability, RA presence, equipment availability, etc), you can list it as on-reserve. This will make it easier to recruit participants as RAs will be able to run the study for participants opportunistically. When creating the study on Sona, make sure to add ‘Harvard Decision Science Laboratory’ as a researcher.

Would you like to make this a LabU Study?
What is this?

Designed to quickly recruit Harvard undergraduates, LabU brings studies to student hubs like libraries and dorms. Typically, we recruit over 250 undergrad participants in a couple of hours.

Do you have any instructions, extra notes, or tips that you would like to provide for the RAs?


How many participants do you need for this study?*

Will you be forming groups?


How much time (in minutes) will you need before each session?

(For set-up, prep, etc.)

How much time (in minutes) will you need after each session?

(For clean-up, etc.)

What is the hard deadline for your study?*
  • As soon as possible
  • or


    (We are trying to share best practices amongst different Harvard-affiliated researchers. The following questions are for helping future researchers interested in using similar equipment/software as you.)

    Are you receiving any services to complete your study (such as transcription, hormone analysis, video editing)? If so, please share with us the vendor/friend:



    Is there any Non-HDSL equipment required for your study?

    Non-HDSL equipment:

    Ownership status:


    Acknowledgement of responsibility

    I affirm that I will recognize and name "Harvard Decision Science Lab (HDSL)" in any materials I produce related to research I conduct at the lab, including presentations, papers, and articles. This helps us spread the word about the lab and ensure that we can best serve the research community.*
    I have read, understand, and agree to abide by Harvard's security policies.*
    I understand I must check with the financial contact for my funding source before processing payments at HDSL.*
    I understand that no study in this lab can use deception.*
    What is deception?

    Deception is any circumstance under which the participant in an expriment is misled or misinformed about the study they are taking part in. For instance, if the participant believes they are interacting with a fellow participant, when in reality they are interacting with a trained researcher, this would constitute deception. The HDSL prohibits the use of deception in all the studies it conducts.

    I understand that each member of my research team will need to complete CITI certification prior to working with subjects in the lab.*