Studies

Current Projects

Youth Emotion Study (YES)

Research Objective

The Youth Emotion Study (YES) is an ongoing research study at UNC Chapel Hill designed to explore how early life experiences affect brain development during the transition to adolescence. In partnership with the UNC Girls Health Study, the purpose of YES is to better understand how changes in brain development affect the way adolescents manage their emotions and how these changes may be related to risk for mental health problems.

Participation

Participants and their parents/guardians will complete a set of questionnaires and interviews. Additionally, youth participants will be asked to play some games inside and outside of an MRI scanner. Youth will participate in an MRI scan that will take ~1hour, The total time of the appointment is ~4hours and families will be compensated for their time. We are scheduling on days, evenings, and weekends!

Participants for this study are recruited through the Girls Health Study. If you are interested in participating, you can contact the Girls Health Study toll-free at 1-855-700-HEALTH, e-mail them at GirlsHealthStudy@unc.edu, or visit their website. To contact our study, call us at 919-590-3576 or email us at youthemotionstudy@unc.edu

Email | 919-962-3993
Wellness Health And Life Experiences Study (WHALE)

Research Objective

This study will investigate how different early life experiences impact brain development. We are seeking children from diverse backgrounds to better understand how a child's environment can shape the brain. 

Participation

The study consists of three visits. For the first visit, research assistants from our lab will visit participants at their home. For the second visit, families will come to our laboratory on the UNC campus. For the final visit, children will complete an MRI scan at UNC that will take no more than one hour. Participants will be compensated for their time for all visits.

We are looking for participants within the age range of 4-6. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us.
Email | 252-651-1280
Reward and Development Study

Research Objective

This study examines effects of adolescent drinking history on current adult behavior. We use fMRI to test how this impacts the brain and processing of monetary reward. This study is in collaboration with the Boettiger Lab.

Participation

Participants will complete a series of questionnaires and play some games while an fMRI scan records brain activity. The study visit will be approximately 4 hours, and participants will be compensated $15/hour for their time.

We are looking for participants within the age range of 22-40. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us.
Email | 919-843-9193
Research Participant Registry

Research Objective

The Research Participant Registry is a database being built and maintained by the CIRCLE Lab for studies happening in the Psychology and Neuroscience department at UNC. The database is home to people who are interested in being contacted for potential research participation. If you are interested in having yourself participate (ages 18+) please choose the Adult link below. If you are an interested parent who wants to be contacted for opportunities for you children, please click the child link below. We hope to see you soon! 

Participation

To sign yourself or your children up for the Research Participant Registry you can click the following links: 

For adult particiption

For child participation

We are looking for participants within the age range of 0-99!. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us.
Email | 919-962-3993
Multi-visit Advanced Pediatric Brain Imaging (MAP)

Research Objective

The MAP study is a collaborative project with Cohen lab. This study uses fMRI and cognitive testing to identify how trajectories of brain imaging predict childhood behavior and neural function for kids between 7 and 9 years of age.

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