Downtown Chicago Research Lab

In the fall of 2008, the Center for Decision Research opened a new private research facility in the Chicago Loop, the Downtown Chicago Lab. The Downtown Lab is a facility at which our researchers conduct studies with a more broad population of participants, outside of the University of Chicago campus community. The Downtown Lab is at the corner of Clark and Adams streets, right across from Federal Plaza.

Participants are always needed for studies conducted at the Downtown Lab. Studies are conducted by appointment, though walk-ins are welcome. Occasional online study opportunities are available as well. Learn more about participating in CRL research.  Studies range in duration from five minutes to an hour or more, and they generally pay an average of $10 to $12 per hour. Usually, you can even do more than one study per visit, but you may only participate once in any given study.  Please note that you can only sign up to be a participant in one of our two lab locations.

Researchers can learn more information about conducting research at the Downtown Lab by visiting this password-protected information page, which requires an authorized Chicago Booth login and password. If you are a researcher seeking information about using the lab and do not have a valid login and password, please contact the manager of lab operations, Rebecca White.


Welcome to the Center for Decision Research

The Center for Decision Research is devoted to the study of how individuals form judgments and make decisions. Researchers at the center examine the processes by which intuition, reasoning, and social interaction produce beliefs, judgments, and choices. Understanding how and why people make decisions has important applications in a range of contexts, including management, marketing, finance, and public policy.

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