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Troy, N.Y. -  1/8/2020

LRC Recruiting Participants for Paid Study: Investigating the Alerting Effects of Light in a Simulated Office Environment

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is recruiting subjects over the age of 18 to participate in a study that will take place over the course of four weeks, one session each week. The weeks of the study will be: January 27, and February 3, 10 and 17. The study will take place on either Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of those weeks. Participants can choose the day of the week they wish to attend. The experiment will run both in the afternoon and at night and you can choose to participate in the afternoon session or the nighttime session. Participants will need to attend all four scheduled sessions, unless they decide to withdraw from the experiment.  
The goal of the study is to investigate the alerting effects of light by measuring brain activities under different light exposures using Electroencephalogram (EEG) and through various performance tests done on a computer.
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 the weeks of the study, 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 one hour before your scheduled session begins for EEG setup. EEG is a non-invasive, safe procedure to record brain activities. The afternoon sessions will begin at 2:00 PM and the nighttime sessions will begin at 11:00 PM. Each session will run for 2 hours. During these two hours you will have EEG data recorded and will complete several computer based performance tests.
One week prior to the start of the experiment, during the week of January 20, participants will come to the LRC for a one-hour orientation and to receive an actigraph.
You will not be eligible to participate in the experiment if you have any major health problems or if you are colorblind. 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 $75 for each session – a total of $300 for completing all four weeks of the study. If you are not a U.S. citizen, taxes will be withheld from your payment. If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact Bridget Bradley at or (518) 276-7167 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.