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Troy, N.Y. -  5/3/2018

LRC Recruiting Participants for Paid Study on Color Perception

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is recruiting persons between 18 and 25 years old to participate in two studies simultaneously that will take between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Participants may be asked to come back for a follow-up session in the following weeks.

The study will investigate how different people perceive different spectra (or colors) by seeing how accurately the participant can find the orientation of simple low contrast images under various lighting conditions, as well as matching the power of two LED lights alternatively flashing until they fuse into a single color. Participants will use a joystick to report the orientation of the images and to change the power and speed at which the LEDs are flashing.

For the session, participants will arrive at the LRC at the time arranged with the experimenter with a valid government photo ID to verify their age and will be given a visual acuity and color blindness test before starting the experiment. Participants need to pass both the visual acuity and color blindness tests to participate in the experiment. Afterward, participants will train on the devices used in the experiment and have some time to practice before starting the experiment. If the participant is unable to proceed with the experiment before this step, they will not be paid for their time. The participant may withdraw from the experiment at any time after this step if they become unable to continue and will be paid for their time.
Participants will be paid $40 for the session. Payment will be processed by Rensselaer after each session. If a participant is not a U.S. citizen, taxes will be withheld from the payment. Persons interested in participating in the study should contact Tim Plummer at  or (518) 687-7188 for more information.  

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC has been pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and energy efficiency for more than 30 years. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. LRC researchers conduct independent, third-party testing of lighting products in the LRC's state of the art photometric laboratories, the only university lighting laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab Code: 200480-0). In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's first technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science "to the common purposes of life."