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Be a Citizen Scientist for the Emotions and Wellness Study

The Center for Healthy Minds seeks individuals between 25-65 years old to participate in a research study at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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At the Center for Healthy Minds, we study how emotions affect our health and wellbeing. The goal of the Emotions and Wellness Study is to understand how individual people respond to life’s challenges and successes. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and stressful events of the past year, this research is particularly pertinent. We hope that the results of this study will help researchers develop new treatments, programs, and other ways to support well-being and improve coping with stress. 

We want to include as many people in our study as possible. However, you must be between 25-65 years old to participate.

Study participation involves:

  • Completing several online surveys* (15-30 minutes).
    • Eligibility Questions
    • Well-being, COVID-19, and stress-related questions (answers to these questions will not affect eligibility)

You will learn if you are eligible for the Emotions and Wellness Study immediately upon completion of the survey questions.

If you are eligible, it does not mean that you are enrolled in the Emotions and Wellness Study, but that you will have the option to participate if you want to do so.

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*If needed, participants can complete these questions over the phone by calling us at (608) 263-0803.

If you complete the survey, you will be entered in a raffle to receive a $100 check. 5 winners will be selected and contacted in April 2021.

Details about the larger study

If you are eligible and choose to participate in the larger study, you will
  1. Spend 2 full days with our study team (~6 hours per day), separated by about 2 weeks.
    • Visits can be scheduled any day of the week (including weekends)
    • During each visit, you will complete a variety of tasks, such as:
      • Questionnaires
      • Computerized tasks
      • Picture viewing (pleasant, neutral or unpleasant content)
      • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  2. Complete activities at home for two weeks, such as:
    • Responding to texted questionnaires about your mood
    • Saliva collection
    • Questionnaires
    • Wearing an activity monitor (fitbit)
  3. Be compensated up to $498

There are several people leading this study:

  • Study Directors: Stacey Schaefer, Ph.D. and Richard Davidson, Ph.D.
  • Study Coordinator: Jeanne Harris

If you have any questions, please call (608) 263-0803 or email us at

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