MRI Study With and Without Depression

Study Information

The purpose of this study is to understand how different intensities of light impact the brain in individuals with and without depression (seasonal and non-seasonal forms). Participation involves a screening assessment that lasts up to one hour and a single brain MRI scan procedure at the Brown MRF facility (within one to two weeks). Interested parties must have daytime availability during the work week.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Generally healthy adults, age 18 to 65, with Major Depressive Disorder symptoms that are moderate to severe 


  • Generally healthy adults, age 18 to 65, without current or past treatment for depression or other major psychiatric disorders
  • Normal vision or vision corrected with lenses or glasses.
  • No contraindication to MRI scan (no surgically implanted metal)

Butler Hospital

Recruitment Status

Contact Form

Fill out the form below or call (401) 455-6653 to contact our research team. A few screening questions will determine if it’s appropriate for you to participate.