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Troy, N.Y. -  4/12/2019

LRC Recruiting Participants for Paid Study: Investigating the Alerting Effects of Light

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is recruiting participants 18 to 65 years old for a daytime study that will take place over the course of two weeks, one session each week. Participants can choose the afternoon they wish to attend. 
The goal of the study is to investigate the alerting effects of a flickering light by measuring brain activity using Electroencephalogram (EEG) and through performance testing done on a computer. You will be wearing a light mask during the study that will provide a flickering red light one week, and the following week, you will wear the light mask but it will not be turned on.
In order to be eligible to participate in the experiment, participants need to have regular bed times no later than 11:00 pm and wake up no later than 8:00 am. This regular schedule must be kept throughout the study. Participants will be asked to wear an actigraph and keep a sleep log all starting one week before the study begins. If your actigraph data shows that you have not followed the sleep schedule, you will not be allowed to continue in the study.
For each session, you will arrive at the LRC at 1:00 pm and electrodes will be placed on your scalp. EEG is a non-invasive, safe procedure to record brain activities. The study will begin at 2:00 pm and will run for 2 hours. While wearing the light mask, four sets of 3-minute EEG measurements and performance testing will be collected. One week prior to the start of the experiment, participants will come to the LRC for a 1-hour orientation session and to collect the actigraph.
You will not be eligible to participate in the experiment if you have any major health problems including a history of epilepsy, migraines, eye surgery or eye trauma. You will not be eligible to participate in the study if you are taking any prescription medication (except for birth control pills) or if you will be traveling more than one time zone the week before or during the weeks of the experiment.

Participants will be paid $50 for each session. If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact Bridget Bradley at for more information. Thank you! 

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 conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. 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. 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. Learn more at

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.