Paid Psychology Studies Near You
(In America In 2019)

By Michael Wong | February 28, 2019.

Paid Psychology Studies

Did you know you can earn money participating in paid psychology studies?

Yes, you can!

What Is A Psychology Study?

A psychology study refers to research that psychologists conduct to learn about how we think, feel and behave.

Topics include:

  • decision making
  • memory skills
  • emotional processes
  • visual processes
  • cognitive processes

In a psychology study you may be asked to:

  • complete surveys or questionnaires
  • complete surveys or questionnaires online
  • participate in an interview or other verbal behavioral measures
  • play a game
  • watch a video
  • complete tasks on a computer
  • complete tasks online
  • have your brain activity recorded (EEG and/or MRI)
  • sleep overnight at an accredited sleep center
  • bring your children to participate in the study

As you can see, participating in paid psychology studies is pretty harmless, and can even be fun, as well as an easy way to earn some extra money.

How Much Do Paid Psychology Studies Pay?

In-person paid psychology studies:

  • typically pay $10 to $30+ per hour
  • take 30 minutes to 3 hours or more to complete
  • may require more than one visit

3 Paid Psychological Studies Near You

Across the United States there are universities and colleges with psychology departments that pay people to participate in their research studies.

Here are three examples. Visit each website for more information:

NYU Paid Research Studies screenshot

1. NYU Paid Research Studies (

  • Earn $10 to $30+ per hour, participating in New York University's paid psychology research studies.
  • Sample paid research studies:
    • NYU Sleep Study: Sleep overnight at an accredited sleep center one night a week for three weeks - $100 per night for participation, plus $100 for completing the study, for a total of $400.
    • Decision Making Study: 1 to 2 sessions, about 1 hour for each session - $30 per hour + task earnings.
    • Communicating Social Science Findings: 1.5 hours - $40
  • Most are in-person research studies conducted at New York University, Meyer Hall, 6 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003.
  • Minimum age: 18+
  • Countries: USA
  • Free to join: Yes
Harvard Psychology Study Pool screenshot

2. Harvard Psychology Study Pool (

  • Earn $10 to $25 per hour, as part of the Harvard Psychology Study Pool, participating in research studies, mostly on campus at the Harvard University.
  • The paid psychology research studies are conducted by graduate students, undergraduate thesis writers, Board of Honors Tutors, and faculty.
  • Compensation:
    • $10 to $25 per hour, depending on the nature of the study.
    • Amazon gift cards are issued for online studies.
    • Earnings over $100 are paid by check and sent by US mail.
  • Requirements:
    • Most psychology research studies are between 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Some research studies require more than one visit.
    • Be on time to the appointment, or contact the researcher to cancel - your account will be terminated with 4 un-excused no-shows.
    • Participate in up to 15 psychology studies per semester.
    • Use your full legal name, and create one account only.
  • Harvard University welcome:
    • minors (aged 13 to 17) and secondary students, with Parental Permission form
    • parents with children aged 3 months to 12 years
    • adults
  • Contact: Psychology Study Pool, William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 -
  • Minimum age: 3 months+
  • Countries: USA
  • Free to join: Yes
Purdue Paid Research Studies screenshot

3. Purdue Paid Research Studies (

  • Earn $20 to $25 per hour, participating in Purdue University's Paid Research Studies.
  • There are a choice of paid psychology research studies and clinical studies, such as:
    • Brain activity study: Involves one visit to the lab lasting 4 to 5 hours, and may include web-based questionnaires, brain activity recorded (EEG and/or MRI), heart activity recorded, completing computer tasks, and an interview about feelings and experiences - $20 per hour.
    • Studies for couples: Men and women currently in a romantic relationship are being sought for several studies on romantic relationships, which involves different activities and payment - up to $90 per person, combining cash and Amazon gift cards.
    • High protein weight loss study: 14 week study, where you go to the Purdue Clinical Research Center for four, one-hour testing days, where they measure your body composition, clinical health measures and sleep quality - $400
  • Address: Purdue University Department of Psychological Sciences, 703 3rd Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907.
  • Minimum age: 13 months+
  • Countries: USA
  • Free to join: Yes

How To Find Local Paid Psychology Studies Near You

To find out whether your local university/college offer paid psychology research studies, visit or and conduct a search that includes:

  • the name of your local university/college; or
  • the name of your city; and
  • the search term: paid psychological studies

For example:

  • university of chicago paid psychological studies
  • chicago paid psychological studies

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