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Participation in research on decision-making and pain

Target audience

We are looking for healthy volunteers between 18 and 55 years old.

The research

The Department of Neuro- and Rehabilitation Psychology of Radboud University Nijmegen, Donders Center for Cognition (DCC), is looking for healthy volunteers for a study into risk-taking and decision-making in relation to pain tolerance.

Research has shown that some people are more willing to take risks when making decisions. We are interested in how feeling mild electric shocks influences how much risk people want to take, as well as the role personality traits play.


You will get reimbursement from €10 per hour (€25-30 for the entire study). The DCC gives this reimbursement by means of ‘VVV gift vouchers’ (VVV cadeaubonnen (https://www.vvvcadeaubonnen.nl/)) – this way, you don’t have to pay tax on the money you receive as reimbursement for your participation. Additionally, you will receive a monetary bonus (up to €6) and a subjective reward of your choice (chocolate, chips, office supplies, etc), based on your performance on the tasks.

Participation in the study

When you register for the survey, we will make an appointment by email, phone or WhatsApp and provide you with further information. The study consists of a visit to Radboud University to collect pain measurements, record brain activity while performing computer tasks, and fill out a few questionnaires via your computer/smartphone. Participation takes 2,5 hours on average.

More information

Do you have any questions or would like to learn more about the study? Please contact Dimana Atanassova via dimana.atanassova@donders.ru.nl.

You can register your interest in this research by completing the registration form on the next page. After your registration, if you're eligible, we will contact you to provide you with more information. After receiving this information, you can indicate whether or not you would still like to participate in the study.


De enquête in het Nederlands: https://questions.socsci.ru.nl/index.php/657174?lang=nl


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Registration and data protection

You can register as an interested party for our research via the registration form. After your registration we will contact you and you will receive more information. After receiving this information, you can of course always indicate whether or not you want to participate. For this registration it is necessary that some personal data is collected, used and stored. In order to contact you, we ask you for your name, telephone number and email address. In addition, we also ask about your age, gender and highest level of education, because we need people from different backgrounds to conduct the research as well as possible.

We will keep this personal data in a secure database, separate from the research data. It is only accessible to a limited group of authorized members of our research team for whom it is necessary. The data will never be used for purposes other than those mentioned in this information. In all cases, your research data will be protected in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You will be asked to give permission for this. If you do not want this, you cannot register for this study.

Future research

After participating in research at the DCC, we may want to approach you again for future research from our research line neuro- and rehabilitation psychology. You can indicate whether you agree with this on the registration form on the next page . If you agree, your name, address, e-mail address and possibly your telephone number will be stored in our secure test subject database. Again, this data can only be viewed by authorized members of the research team involved. For this future study, too, participation is always voluntary and you will be asked for your consent every time you participate in a new study.

Retention period data

Your personal data name, e-mail address and telephone number will be stored for the duration of the project, which is for a maximum of 3 years. If you indicate that you are also willing to participate in future research, we will keep your data for 5 years. After this, we will destroy the data, or contact you again if you are still interested in participating in scientific research. You can always indicate that you want to be removed from the database, but it is not necessary to state why you want to be removed. You can do this by sending a message to Onderzoeknrp@ru.nl. Other data, namely your age, education level and gender, are stored with the research data in a secure location for 10 years. However, you cannot be identified on the basis of this information.

More information about your rights when processing data

For more information about compliance with your rights when processing your personal data, please contact the person responsible for processing your personal data. For this study, Radboud University is responsible for compliance with the rules for the processing of personal data. You can contact the office of the Data Protection Officer of the institution via privacy@ru.nl.

More information about your rights in the processing of your personal data can be found at www.ru.nl/privacy/ (protection of personal data, rights of data subjects) and on the website of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (https://autoriteitpersoonsgegevens.nl/nl/onderwerpen / avg-european-privacy-legislation / control-over-your-data)