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Participate in Research

Roman Family CDR scholars are conducting innovative behavioral science research in labs throughout the Chicago area and online.

Their work is only possible thanks to research participants who help advance the science of judgment and decision-making by participating in surveys, interactive studies, and economic games. Find out how you can get involved in paid research studies at the links below.  

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Located in downtown Chicago, Mindworks is the world's first discovery center and working lab dedicated to behavioral science. 

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Campus Lab

Our Campus Lab is at the Harper Center in Hyde Park. Studies are conducted in person, pay in gift cards, and are open to students, staff, and faculty of the university.

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Virtual Lab

The center's PIMCO Decision Research Virtual Lab allows people around the world to take paid research studies online via surveys, Zoom, and other remote tools.

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Pop Up Labs

The center also conducts pop up studies in the Chicago Park District, coffee shops, bus stops, and other locations throughout the Chicago area.

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Join Our Team

The center is hiring for the following positions:

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Researcher Portal

For researchers: University of Chicago researchers interested in running studies in our labs can learn more at the Researcher Portal (requires CNetID)

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Watch: Why Empirical Research Matters

In this video interview, recent PhD graduate David Munguia Gomez discusses his work and how the PIMCO Decision Research Labs support his research.

PIMCO's Support for Behavioral Science

In the fall of 2018, PIMCO and the Roman Family Center announced a partnership in support of the center's behavioral science research. In recognition of this investment in research, the center's laboratories were renamed the PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories. The PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories will yield scientific discoveries with the potential to improve individual and social welfare.

The partnership also enabled the Roman Family Center to open Mindworks, the world's first working lab and discovery center dedicated to behavioral science, in summer 2021. Free and located in downtown Chicago, Mindworks welcomes visitors to explore interactive exhibits, take part in hands-on research studies, and earn prizes for participating.

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Contact Us

For general inquiries or additional information about the RF-CDR, please email us, or contact:

The Roman Family Center for Decision Research
University of Chicago
Booth School of Business
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773.834.9857
Fax: 773.834.9134

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