MindCORE SONA Participant Recruitment

The MindCORE SONA website is a platform for research participant recruitment on which Penn researchers studying the human mind and/or behavior can advertise paid research opportunities to the Penn community and general public.

For Participants: Those interested in signing up for paid research studies can make an account here.

For Researchers: Those wishing to recruit participants for their research studies can follow the checklists below.

STEP 1: Creating Researcher/P.I. accounts:

  • All studies must be associated with a Penn faculty member with a P.I. Sona account; please email to consent from the participating faculty member(s) to have an account created with their email address
  • Non-faculty researchers may request a researcher account by emailing the following to 1) Name and email address & 2) CITI Human Subject Research training certificate
  • Note: In lieu of sending individual CITI training certificates, P.I.’s or lead researchers can sign the MindCORE Sona Researcher Agreement confirming that researchers associated with their study will have been trained in alignment with Penn’s IRB requirements. To create a shared lab Researcher account accessible by multiple lab members, please sign the MindCORE Sona Multi-Researcher Account Agreement. These forms should be sent to

STEP 2: Creating & posting a study:

  • First, make sure your study matches the following criteria:
    • It is a PAID research opportunity for a rate of at least $10/hour (see Psychology’s Sona website for studies done for class credit)
    • Its research topic is related to the mind/brain and/or social/behavioral studies
    • It is approved by Penn’s IRB 
    • It is being overseen/supervised by a Penn faculty member
  • If your study fits the above criteria, individuals with Researcher or P.I. accounts can create a study listing (instructions can be found in the Sona Systems Manual)
  • You can then submit your study for approval through Sona & send the following to
    • Proof of IRB approval
    • Copy of your study’s consent forms


Any questions or comments can be sent to


MindCORE Pavlovia

Pavlovia is a place for the wide community of researchers in the behavioral sciences to run, share, and explore experiments online. Pavlovia’s open architecture supports a range of experiment implementation software including PsychoPy, jsPsych, and lab.js. Those with a Penn email address have free access to Pavlovia. 

Any questions or comments can be sent to


PCIbex (Penn Controller)

PennController for Internet Based Experiments (“PennController” or “PCIbex” for short) provides the tools to build and run online experiments, from familiar paradigms like self-paced reading to completely custom-designed paradigms. Penn-affiliates can request accounts on the Penn-specific setup:

Any questions or comments can be sent to


Broader Impacts Support

MindCORE provides faculty support and resources for the Broader Impacts section of NSF grants and comparable funding requirements. MindCORE offers several opportunities for faculty to engage in outreach programs designed to advance desired societal outcomes through research and education (see list of program opportunities here).

To request a Letter of Support from MindCORE, please email the following to 1) Title of your proposed grant submission, 2) deadline for the letter & 3) a copy of the final submission where you specify MindCORE’s support.

If you have questions or would like to discuss potential outreach opportunities or collaborations with MindCORE, please reach out to

MindCORE YouTube

Visit our YouTube channel for recordings of our MindCORE Seminars, Behind the CV series, Endowed Pinkel Lectures, and faculty presentations from our annual Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program.

Annual Reports