Earning money while helping with academic research

Earning money while helping with academic research

 

 

Since retirement  one of the most interesting ways I have found to supplement my pension is by helping with academic research.

I joined    Prolific academic  which is   a website that  links academics from around the world with participants willing to help complete online research studies.  Many studies are on psychological topics but a variety of other subjects are covered.  Surveys can take from a few minutes to an hour or sometimes more.  You are told in advance how long a survey will take and what the fee will be.  Payment can be made via circle or paypal or donated to charity.  Unlike most survey sites you receive a fair rate of pay and you rarely get disqualified from a study  half way through.  You don’t need a degree to join and participants from most countries are accepted on to their panel.

click here to find out more  Prolific academic     I get a small bonus for referring either a researcher who wants to run a study or a participant.

Volunteering for local university research studies

Many universities also recruit volunteers directly for studies.  I have recently been participating in a study on dopamine and memory run by the University of Bristol.  This was a very interesting experience  which involved two overnight visits to the Bristol sleep clinic and an E.C.G., E.E.G. and an MRI scan.  Luckily I was recruited as a healthy control.  I enjoyed doing the memory tests and meeting the students.  I also received very generous expenses and dinner and breakfast on the two nights I spent at the clinic.

Helping students is something I miss since giving up work and I feel it is a worthwhile use of my time.  If you would like to give it a try, it is worth checking to see if your local university is looking for volunteers for studies.  .

I was also invited to a tasting session for high protein biscuits.  We spent

an enjoyable half an hour discussing such things as crispiness and crunch.  We soon discovered that if you are developing a product to be used as a supplementary food for the elderly you need to assume that at least some of them will have false teeth.

My next study will be on cicadian  rhythm and memory.  I will need to wear a glucose monitor for a couple of days.

Another Bristol company which recruits volunteers for focus groups and telephone interviews is People for research   

I have not taken part in any project with them myself but I think they are reliable.  Most focus groups take place in Bristol, London or another big city but they recruit people nationwide for phone interviews.

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