great way to make some cash (not online)
May 20, 2008 2:43am CST
Participating in research studies can be a great way to make a good amount of extra money! I once got paid $500 for participating in one which involved taking a low dosage of xanex followed by an fMRI(total of 3 appointments, 5 hours per appointment. so $500 for 15 hours) Others studies I have participated in involved cognitive tasks and psychology studies which test your decision making. These studies paid $50 and $60 but were only one appointment each, lasting about 2 hour. Do be careful which studies you choose to participate in. Always note the stage of research in which a drug is in...I would highly recommend avoiding studies involving taking stage 1 clinical trial drugs (or a placebo, you never know which you will get)because this means you are the first round of humans the drug is being tested on (and after working at a biotech company I have seen drugs with some pretty horrific side effects). Studies involving brain imaging often pay well, but it is important to know that if you have any non-removable metal in your body you will not be able to do these. Studies at universities, in my opinion, are the best because they are the safest. A great place to look for these is under the "volunteers" section on craigslist, and backpage.com has an entire section dedicated to paid studies. Hope this helps some people!!
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20 May 08
I know for a fact these pay. I used to work at Stanford University as a research assistant helping conduct a research study investigating pain perception and every single subject was paid. MANY studies pay cash the day you do it. As mentioned, I have personally participated in multiple studies and have been paid every single time. Sometimes, it is just hard to find a study for which you fit the criteria, and sometimes the risk, as I said before, is not worth it.