I had four subjects this week - all women, a bit probability-defying. Everything went smoothly, at least from my perspective.
Radboud University operates a webpage called the Sona Research Participation System which is what I've been exclusively using to recruit people. It's very well-designed, you can add your study to the list of ones being advertised and subjects-in-waiting can peruse it at their leisure and sign up for a certain timeslot. I've had it advertised for one week now and I've already had 25 people sign up, so I'm quite confident I'll reach the goal of 40 within the next four weeks. :-) I've not had any 'no-shows' thus far, and I don't believe that trend will stop, either.
My participants can choose between €8 (roughly $12) or 1-credit hour. Three out of the first four chose the hard cash. I suppose even in a European social democracy where school is a fraction of the cost of that of the States people need a little cash for a sandwich and a couple beers at the end of the day.
Nijmegen continues to grow on me. It has the relaxed feel that I associate with similar college towns like Boulder, Madison, or Ithaca in the States (but not so much State College), and it has a similar ethos among its inhabitants. I've made some friends here and am learning where the good hangouts in town are and the weather has been absolutely beautiful. It's truly a wonderful city.
The university is completely closed today and tomorrow, so it's a four-day weekend for myself and everyone else. There's a four-day music festival going on at a somewhat dilapidated area of the industrial part of the city where there are also some artist collectives and galleries, which also hold events/festivals from time to time. So I'll be checking that out on a couple of the days, I already have my tickets.
Thanks for reading, good luck to everyone out there!