Child MRI Study
We are looking for healthy children and also children who have experienced symptoms of an emotional disorder or have lived through a traumatic experience. You must also:
- Be between the ages of 7 and 15
- Be right-handed
- Be a US citizen or a non-citizen with a Green Card
- Be able to read English at 2nd grade level or above
- Not currently have braces or any other metal that can’t be removed from your body
Our current study involves up to 4 lab visits.
Visit 1: We ask you to play computer games and we will talk to you and ask you questions about yourself. We will also collect a lot of your spit to study.
Visit 2: We will take pictures of your brain using MRI. During the MRI, you will play games part of the time and just rest and remain still for the rest of the time. We even send you a picture of your brain afterwards!
Visit 3: We will collect some of your blood to study, but you do not have to do this part if you don’t want to.
Visit 4: We will ask you to come visit us again after 2 years to talk to us again.
Visits take place at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, located at 71 E. Ferry St, Detroit, MI 48202, in the laboratory of Dr. Moriah Thomason and also at the MRI research facility at Wayne State University’s University Health Center, located at 4201 St. Antonie, Detroit MI 48201.
Participating families can earn up to $370 if they choose to attend all 4 visits. Participants also have a unique opportunity to learn about the brain and to make a difference through science.
No one outside of our research group will know that you were in the study. After your visit, your name is replaced with a number and no identifying information is associated with your data.
All of our studies are reviewed and approved by the Wayne State Human Investigation Committee, which consists of a group of people who review research studies to ensure that our studies are ethically sound and safe for our participants. If you have questions about this process, you can contact this committee at (313) 577-1628.
All of our testing dates are on the weekend and we work around your schedule as much as possible. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 313-664-2525.
Why did you choose to involve your child in an MRI research study?
Mom of 10 year old boy: “I felt the research was interesting and my son was very interested in Stanford as a school at the time. I wanted him to maybe be a part of an important study that could help future needs. My son was also initially interested because he was going to be paid, so he felt he was doing a very important job, a very unique job.”
Mom of 11 year old girl: “specific curiosity about my child’s brain; getting my child excited about scientific knowledge; having my child and her sibling interact with scientist in a science lab”
What is the best thing about having had your child participate in MRI research? What was gained? Learned?
Mom of 10 year old boy: “The best thing was to have my child want to participate in science, and become part of a study that will be read about for generations to come. Seeing his brain at the beginning and the end of the study was awesome, it is really beautiful! … We gained an acute interest in the brain, and learned how important being a part of this could be for the future.”