If you are interested in joining Professor Wirth's laboratory, please email your resume and unofficial transcript to We are no longer recruiting research assistants for Spring 2017. However, we will keep your application materials for future opportunities.


If you would like to participate in a research study with the ESP lab, you may call or email the lab directly. You may participate for course credit or for monetary compensation. See below for descriptions of current studies in which participants are needed.

  • Studies run 7 days a week (including weekends) so there are many study times available.
  • Studies take place in our lab at the University of Notre Dame: B25 Haggar Hall.

Oxytocin - Males

Basic criteria for participation:

  • Males only
  • Ages 18-30
  • Non-smoking
  • Not currently taking medications

This is a study investigating how stress and hormones are involved in how people process cognitive and social information. Oxytocin is a hormone that is naturally produced in humans. The study involves using a small intranasal spray to administer either synthetic oxytocin or a placebo (saline solution). This procedure is very safe, and the vast majority of people who receive oxytocin do not experience any side effects.

We then ask participants to fill out a number of questionnaires and to provide saliva samples in order to measure both the psychological and physiological effects of oxytocin. Participants may also perform a short speaking task.

The session will begin between 3PM and 4:30PM and will last approximately 2.5 hours. During the study you will give small samples of saliva, and complete questionnaires and cognitive tasks on the computer. Participants are compensated $10/hour.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please call the lab at (574) 631-1356 or email to schedule a phone screen.

Stress Hormone Function Study

Participants who are already enrolled in the ongoing Notre Dame Health and Well-Being (NDHWB) Study (P.I.: Cindy Bergeman) are invited to take part in the Stress Hormone Function Study. Participants must complete a 30-minute phone screen to qualify. Invited participants will complete two 4-hour sessions, about 1 week apart, at the South Bend Clinic. Sessions are in the late afternoons/evenings, e.g. from 4:00-8:00 PM. In each session, a registered nurse will place an IV catheter in each arm for administration of a low dose of the hormone cortisol and for taking small blood samples over the course of the 4 hours for later stress hormone measurement. Cortisol at this dose is safe and does not produce side effects. Participants will also complete questionnaires and cognitive tasks.

Please contact our lab manager, Andrew Rakhshani, for more information (see below for contact information).

Contact the Lab

(574) 631-1356
B25 Haggar Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556