Studies

Current Projects

Early Life Experiences Study

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 4-7. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us.
Email | 919-962-3993
Reward and Development Study

Research Objective

This study will look at how the brain controls responses to rewards and how this changes from childhood to adolescence and adulthood. 

Participation

Participants will complete a series of questionnaires and play some games while an EEG cap is recording brain activity. Parents/guardians of youth participants will also complete a series of questionnaires. Participants will be compensated for their time.

We are looking for participants within the age range of 8-29. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us.
Email | 919-962-3993
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
Youth Emotion Study

Research Objective

The purpose of this research is to understand how emotion regulation abilities and response to interpersonal stressors during youth and adolescence are associated with psychological adjustment, coping, and health-risk behaviors.

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!

We are looking for participants within the age range of 9-16. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us.
Email | 919-962-3993