Core 3: Psychological Assessment. L.K. Paul, PI

Core 3 provides all resources for human subject recruitment, assessment, and databasing; it recruits a representative large sample from the general community for research participation. 

This Core utilizes the Caltech Psychological Assessment for Research Laboratory (PARL), whose mission is to provide recruitment and comprehensive, centralized testing of human research participants on psychological measures. PARL provides services for obtaining measures of cognitive abilities, personality traits, psychiatric history, and psychosocial background. Researchers in the Conte Center use this information for inclusion and exclusion screening, for statistical use as covariates in group analyses, and for statistical comparison across subjects in research studies that investigate individual differences.  Exclusion from Conte research participation can be for many different reasons, and researchers are not allowed to discuss the specific reasons a participant may not be included in future tasks.