Expt running content - Prepping for participant

TODO Summary

Before the participant arrives

Enter check_audioLevels then click Part A. (full check_audioLevels guide here)

  1. Turn on SPL meter and press Fast/Slow and Level.
  2. Adjust the microphone gain on the black amplifier (the "Your Headphones" and "pp headphones" knobs) until the SPL meter reads 59.5 to 60.5 dB.
  3. Press spacebar to stop.
  4. Turn off SPL meter

Set out a paper copy of the appropriate consent form (highlighted above) on the participant's desk.

Open the lab email and monitor for participant's arrival.

How to access the lab email

  1. In the web browser, open your personal UW email inbox through Outlook. You can do this through MyUW if needed.
  2. In the top right corner, click the circle with your profile picture/initials.
  3. Click Open another mailbox
  4. Enter speechmotor@waisman.wisc.edu and click Open

If it's the appointment time but the participant hasn't called/emailed yet

  1. Find the participant's phone number.
    1. If you have access to Qualtrics (ie if you're on this list), use the Finding Experiment Running Info KB page to find the participant and phone #
    2. If you don't have Qualtrics access, Slack the lab manager and ask for the phone number
  2. Wait 5 minutes past the scheduled appointment time, then call the participant.
    1. If they are at the building, on their way, or can arrive really soon, continue with the appointment
    2. If we have back-to-back participants such that them arriving late is going to mess up another participant, just tell them that the lab manager will email to reschedule
    3. You don't need to leave a message

When the participant arrives

The participant will notify you of their arrival by either emailing speechmotor@waisman.wisc.edu or calling the phone in 544. When they contact you:

  • Confirm they are at the North Entrance (they are next to the soccer fields)
  • Tell them you will meet OUTSIDE the door which says Lobby Clinics
If the participant arrived but you can't confirm that the participant is at the correct entrance, write down their phone number before going downstairs. (The lab manager can give you their phone # if you don't have it.) You may need to check the North Entrance and give them directions by phone, or walk around.

Meet the participant downstairs

Grab the clipboard with the SPEECH STUDY sign, greet them at the entrance, go upstairs, and direct them to 544A.

Participants can remove their mask once in the experiment room. They will need to remove their mask during speaking tasks.


Participants are not required to wear a mask on the path we take them from the entrance to the exam room. We are not permitted to exclude participants who don't wear a mask or aren't vaccinated. Talk to the lab manager if you have concerns about this (university-level) policy.

Keywords:expt, embed   Doc ID:117509
Owner:Chris N.Group:Speech Motor Neuroscience Group
Created:2022-03-22 10:36 CSTUpdated:2022-09-27 08:14 CST
Sites:Speech Motor Neuroscience Group
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