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What is the time commitment for this study?
How much will I be paid?
When will I be receiving my payment?
How much of these common substances will I be consuming?
Are any of these substances harmful?
Will I find out exactly what I consumed at the end of the study?
May I bring in my own cigarettes?
How can I apply?
Where do I go for my screening/experimental sessions?
How do I get there?
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What is the time commitment for this study?
The total amount of time that you are needed in the lab is 10 to 12 hours. For further information, please see the Study Overview.

How much will I be paid?
You will be given $60 for each of the 2 sessions and a bonus of $30 for punctuality and completion. There is also a possible bonus of $15 per session for arranging your own ride home. For more information, please see the Study Benefits.

When will I be receiving my payment?
We will be filing the necessary paperwork after your last experimental session. You will have a choice between receiving your check in the mail or arranging to pick it up here at the University of Chicago.

How much of these common substances will I be consuming?
The amount of the substance is dependent on your exact body measurements to provide for standardization. You may receive alcohol, a stimulant, a sedative, or a placebo (no substances). For those participants who may be smoking, your nicotine consumption would be comparable to or less than that of a normal smoking day for a typical social smoker. You will be consuming these substances for predetermined sets of time and not throughout the entire session.

Are any of these substances harmful?
The substances used in this study may include alcohol, stimulants, sedatives, nicotine, and placebo (no substance). The stimulant is similar to caffeine and the sedative is similar to an antihistamine. The amount of alcohol you may receive could put you at the legal driving limit; the amount of stimulant you may receive could leave you feeling wide awake; and the amount of sedative you may receive may leave you feeling sleepy. Finally, the amount of nicotine you may receive would be comparable to or less than the amount of a normal smoking day for a social/light smoker, i.e., approximately 5 cigarettes. These would represent the upper limit of any of these substances and actual quantities could be much less.

Will I find out exactly what I consumed at the end of the study?
Although during the study you will not know the specific substances that you are consuming (to prevent the knowledge from influencing you), at your second session you will be fully debriefed on all aspects of the study, including the disclosure of which substances you consumed during your sessions.

May I bring in my own cigarettes?
For standardization purposes, we will give you the cigarettes that you may be asked to smoke during your sessions.

How can I apply?
Anyone who meets the qualifications may apply online by filling out a brief survey.

Where do I go for my screening/experimental sessions?
All sessions will take place at our lab in The University of Chicago Hospitals, located on the south side of Chicago in Hyde Park. Please see the Directions section or Contact Us section for answers to any questions.

How do I get there?
There are several transportation options to choose from when planning your trip to the lab. Both Metra and the CTA provide convenient alternatives to driving. CTA and parking passes will be available to reimburse any travel expenses to the lab. Please see the Directions section for more specific instructions.

NOTE: Participants will not be allowed to drive themselves home from experimental sessions. A bonus of $15 will be given to those who are able to arrange their own rides. A car service is also available to provide you a ride home at no cost to you.

Can’t find the answers you are looking for?
If you have looked through the website and still can’t find the information that you are looking for, please feel free to email any questions to the Project Coordinator, Patrick McNamara at pmcnamar@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu.

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