We are looking for healthy individuals with no psychiatric diagnoses to help us study how the brain works as it makes decisions to accomplish a goal. We hope that this knowledge will help researchers to better understand the brain networks involved in decision-making and help them in the future to develop new treatments for psychiatric disorders, like obsessive-compulsive disorder.
You may be eligible if:
- You are between the ages of 18 and 55
- You do not have a current psychiatric diagnosis
- You are right-handed
- You are fluent in English
If you are interested, contact us to verify your eligibility. A staff member will tell you about the study and ask you some questions. Based on the conversation, you may be invited to a virtual interview.
Will I be compensated for participating?
Eligible participants will be compensated up to $100 for completing the study.
How do I sign up?
For more information or to discuss your eligibility, please fill out the contact form and a study team member will contact you soon. Please note that we are unable to contact interested parties by text message at this time.
Meet the Team
Sarah Garnaat, PhD
Theresa Desrochers, PhD
What will happen during this study?
Eligible participants will complete 2 visits in total:
- During the first visit, which will be conducted via phone and video conferencing, participants will complete an interview with a member of our study staff, which will include questions about their physical and mental health. Additionally, they will be asked to fill out some additional forms and questionnaires.
- During the second visit, which will take place at the Brown MRI Research Facility, participants will complete one fMRI scan. During the scan, they will be asked to complete a computer task.
Why is this being done?
We are recruiting individuals with no psychiatric disorders to help us better understand how the brain functions when a person is making many decisions in a short time. This group will serve as a “control” group: data collected from people with no psychiatric diagnoses will be compared to data collected from a group of individuals with OCD, in order to help researchers learn about how the brain may function in those with and without OCD.
A great deal of work has been done over the past several decades to better understand how the brain functions in OCD. While scientists have learned a lot in this time, there is still more to learn. It is our hope that by gaining a better understanding of how the brain works in OCD, we (and other researchers) may be able to use this information to develop new treatment options for OCD in the future.