Students Staff

Register and take part

Join the 1,500 participants already registered. We've been testing their attitudes and behaviours, looking at how they learn, make decisions and interact. This research will help us to make the world a better place.

How to register

Anyone over 18 years old can take part in our studies. You don't need any experience or specific skills to be a participant and you can take part as many times as you like.

1. Read our policies and rules

Studies in ESSEXLab are always conducted with informed consent. You will be provided with details about the study before you agree to participate. All your information is kept strictly confidential at all times. If you have any questions, read our privacy policy or contact us at

2. Join our participant database

After you've registered

1. Choosing studies to take part in

Once you've registered, we'll email you alerts about studies you can take part in. You can choose which ones to participate in and will be offered a number of different dates and times. You can take part in each study once. If you'd like to take part in a study, the email we send will tell you how to book your place and how long the study will be.

Participants are invited in a random order to take part in studies, so you may not receive an invite even if a friend has - don't worry, more studies will be coming.

If you have booked to take part in a study but can no longer take part, contact us at at least 24 hours before the study to let us know. If you book but but don't arrive for a number of studies, we'll have to remove you from our database and you won't be able to participate in any more studies.

2. On the day

You need to:

  1. arrive five minutes before the study start time in order to take part
  2. bring photo ID with you (e.g. driving licence or passport). Essex students and staff can use their University card.

The researcher will check your ID and show you which desk to sit at. You'll be given clear instructions about the study and what you need to do. If you have any questions, raise your hand at any time and wait for a researcher or a lab assistant to advise you.

Although we'd like as many of you as possible to take part in our studies, sometimes we have more people than we need. If this happens, we randomly choose participants who have arrived on time, to be rewarded with £4 to say thank you. They are then excused.

3. After the study

Once you've finished the study, you'll be rewarded with £5 - £50. The exact amount you receive will depend on the design and outcome of the study you took part in. You will then be able to leave. Our researchers then test their theories using the decisions and answers you provided along with those of other participants.

ESSEXLab Mobile studies

If the study you signed up for is being conducted through ESSEXLab Mobile, the researcher will contact you one week before with information about where the lab will be stationed for your study. Please follow the normal guidelines for participation such as arriving early and bringing your photo ID.

Leaving the database

If you no longer want to take part in our studies, you can contact us at and ask us to remove you from the participant database.

Got a question?

Contact us if you have any other questions.