Opportunity to participate in paid social science experiments

This message to all students has been approved by Dr. Gary K. Ostrander, Vice President for Research. 

At the XS/FS Lab, we conduct a wide range of experiments on decision-making. If you are a student at Florida State University, you have the opportunity to participate in paid Social Science experiments.

To receive email announcements of upcoming experiments, visit our website and click Sign Up in the menu on the left. In order to register, you will need to provide your name and FSU e-mail address ending with @my.fsu.edu.

Throughout this summer, the experiments will be conducted online. You can participate from home or any place with a stable internet connection.


Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link. Make sure to click on that link to confirm your registration. Without confirmation, your registration will not be activated, and you will not be able to participate in experiments.

By registering (and confirming your registration), you will receive emails announcing when experiments are coming up. These emails give details on the time of experimental sessions and a link allowing you to sign up for available sessions.


Experiments generally last 1-2 hours and are conducted at a variety of times during the week. You will earn a guaranteed $5 – $10 if you sign up for a session and show up on time (the exact amount depends on the amount of time scheduled for the experiment), and additional earnings while participating in an experiment. The exact amount of money you earn will depend on the rules of the experiment, your decisions, and possibly decisions made by other participants.

Typically, subjects earn between $10-$12 per hour on average.  Individual earnings in any given session may vary and, therefore, this amount is not guaranteed. Payments will be made via Zelle, Venmo, or similar platforms.

Participation in any of our experiments is purely voluntary, and we bear no ill will towards anyone who doesn’t volunteer. Your instructors won’t know whether you participate or any of your decisions in the experiments. These experiments are in no way a test related to any class.

If you have questions, feel free to email us at xsfs@coss.fsu.edu.