After the administrator approves the account, you will receive an email with your login information. If you have junk mail (spam) filters configured for your email, please configure the filters to accept email from, as emails from the system will often be sent from that address.

You must choose a user ID that is not already in use, and also specify an email address that is not already registered in the system. User IDs may be up to 30 characters in length and contain letters and numbers. This form should only be used by participants. Researchers will have their accounts created for them automatically.

You must register your account with a .edu email address or it will not be approved. For User ID and Student ID please use your Columbia UNI. Your UNI is the alphanumerical combination that precedes "" in your Columbia email address (ex, "bfg1234").

Dear participants, please be advised that this account creation form and the following pre-screening survey are used for you to request and create participant account on SONA to participate in the research studies at the Behavioral Research Lab, Columbia Business School. You will not be able to sign up for the studies in the lab if you do not have a participant account; all lab studies recruit through SONA. Filling out this form and the subsequent pre-screening survey will normally take less than 15 minutes, and all of your personal information entered will be kept fully confidential and be accessible to the authorized administrators only. Your personal information will be kept indefinitely until request for deletion and will under no circumstances be given out to third parties. Please be advised that while you may not directly benefit by signing up to participate in studies your participation will greatly benefit the researchers at Columbia University and the scientific community. It is important that you understand your participation is voluntary. That is, you are free to withdraw from a study or deactivate your account at any time without penalty or loss of benefits. If account deactivation occurs periodic emails will be sent after a deactivation to ask if you prefer to have your information completely deleted from the system. If you have questions or concerns about your rights or welfare as a research subject, please contact the Columbia University Morningside Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 212-851-7040 or 212-851-7044 (fax), or email

The Lab Director and principal investigator for participant recruitment is Dr. Malia Mason who can be reached at (212) 854-1070 or emailed at The Columbia University Human Research Protection Office and the federal Office of Human Research Protections may obtain access to the data collected via the Behavioral Research Lab SONA system.

The lab reserves the right to deactivate or delete the SONA account of an individual if the individual provides false information, repeatedly does not show up or is late for studies for which the individual has signed up, if the individual creates an environment of disrespect or if the individual chronically does not actively engage in all parts of the experiment. This determination will be made at the discretion of the lab.