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Research at Mindworks is conducted in the PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Center for Decision Research (CDR), which enables academics to conduct high-quality behavioral science experiments to better understand how people form judgments and make decisions.

The robust empirical data the labs generate are the building blocks for our faculty’s game-changing research, which appears in top academic journals, as well as in outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and BBC News.

As a research participant, you play a vital role in helping us understand how people make decisions and form judgments. We enthusiastically invite participants from all walks of life to be a part of our research, as we are committed to representing the views and perspectives of all people in our understanding of human nature.

Your data will be used to help Mindworks and the CDR advance behavioral sciences. Participants’ data will always be kept confidential.

To thank you for sharing your time and perspectives with us, all participants will receive exciting prizes.

The Value of Research Study Participation

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What to Expect

Participants may be asked to answer surveys on a tablet or interact with other participants in one of our study rooms. These studies may include games with other participants or responding to hypothetical questions. Studies vary in length, and participants may choose what best fits their schedule. 

Participation is completely voluntary and safe. We strive to make studies fun, engaging, and intellectually stimulating.

Why You Should Participate

Participants play an invaluable role in advancing the science of human behavior. Participants also earn points for every study they take, which can be redeemed for prizes like coffee mugs, apparel, behavioral science books, and more.

How to Participate

When you visit Mindworks, our research assistants will inform you about the study opportunities available to you.

What They’re Saying about Our Findings

Publications of scientific inquiries and insights by faculty, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers at the Center for Decision Research are regularly covered by leading media outlets and provide transformative thought leadership that helps shape society, policy, business, and daily life.

Research conducted at Mindworks in the CDR’s PIMCO Decision Research Labs provides the bedrock of these publications and discoveries.

Recent coverage of our research:

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