welcome to theMIT Behavioral Research Lab

Would you like to learn first-hand about some of the cutting-edge research being conducted at MIT? Are you looking for a fast way to earn some extra cash? You can do both by participating in research studies at the MIT Behavioral Research Lab.


The MIT Behavioral Research Lab (BRL) was established in 2006 with support from the Provost's Office to assist MIT-affiliated researchers and to provide the community with an opportunity to participate in research. Some research studies are conducted in-person, whereas other studies are conducted online.

Make Money Participating in Research

Participants are compensated typically with cash or gift certificates. See individual study descriptions for specific payment amounts. Additionally, some MIT students participate in research studies in partial fulfillment of a course requirement.

Eligibility Requirements

We welcome both MIT affiliates and non-affiliates to participate in research studies. Participants must be over the age of 18. Generally, no prior experience is required. Eligibility requirements, if any, can be found in specific study descriptions once you are signed in.

Sign-up to Participate

Before participating, you must create an account. Basic information, including an e-mail address, is required. Once you have a password and user ID, you can view a list of ongoing studies and available timeslots.


We are introducing a new participation reward in addition to payments received for individual studies. Beginning in February 2013, each time you complete a study, you will receive one entry for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.  Drawings will take place multiple times per year.  The more studies you complete, the more entries you receive!


VERY IMPORTANT:  If you sign up to participate in a research study, it is critical that you show up on time for your appointment.  Many studies involve multiple participants, so if you are not present for your appointment time, you may be inconveniencing many other individuals.  Moreover, arriving more than 5 minutes late for an appointment or not showing up at all may result in your being marked as a “no-show” which means you become ineligible to win the lottery.  If you are unable to participate, please cancel your appointment on SONA or e-mail the researcher prior to your scheduled session.


The MIT Behavioral Research Lab sends out e-mails to our subject pool two times a month in order to advertise current and upcoming studies. If you would like to be added to or removed from the MIT Behavioral Research Lab mailing list, please contact lab-manager@mit.edu.

Directions to the Lab

The lab is located just steps from the Kendall Square T-stop (Red Line) and from MIT's Stata Center. We are located in E19, 4th floor, Suite 435 at 400 Main Street – across the street from the Legal Sea Foods Restaurant (view a map of our location).


If you have questions, or if you are an MIT-affiliated researcher interested in learning more about MIT's Behavioral Research Lab, please e-mail lab-manager@mit.edu.