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Children

ADHD Intervention Study (Primary Investigator: Dr. Susanne Jaeggi)

  • Study Description:  UC Irvine's Working Memory and Plasticity Lab is offering an intervention for children aged 7-14 with a diagnosis of ADHD. Our aim is to improve study skills and motivation through group-based discussion, art projects, videos, and more!
  • Number of Sessions: 6
  • Compensation: $20 plus free parking
  • Contact: Nina Ozbardakci at nozbarda@uci.edu or (949) 824-6716
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2015-2196

Adults

MRI and PET biomarkers for cognitive decline in older adults (Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Yassa)

  • Study Description:  This study is enrolling adults aged 60-85 who do not have a diagnosis of cognitive impairment. The purpose of the study is to understand the factors that underlie changes in thinking and memory with increasing age. We will test the usefulness of MRI, PET, and cognitive testing in detecting subtle changes in the brain that precede cognitive decline.
  • Number of sessions: 2-5
  • Compensation: Up to $650
  • Contact: Mr. Blake Miranda at (949)-824-0904 or bamiranda@uci.edu
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2017-3832

Depression MRI Study (Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Yassa)

  • Study Description:  If you are between the ages of 18 and 45 and feeling symptoms of depression, you may be eligible for one of our studies of memory and mood. Symptoms of depressions may include feelings of sadness, changes in mood, appetite or sleep, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.  The visits will entail an MRI scan, a paper-and-pencil cognitive test of your thinking, and a medical history review.
  • Number of sessions: 1-2
  • Compensation: Up to $120
  • Contact: Mr. Joren Adams at (949)-824-5049 or joren.adams@uci.edu
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2014-1161

Effects of TDCS on Younger/Older Adults (Principal Investigator: Dr. Susanne Jaeggi)

  • Study Description:  The Working Memory and Plasticity Lab is investigating the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on Working Memory in both younger and older adults. The purpose of this experiment is to detect potential increase in learning across different cognitive domains.
  • Number of sessions: 7 total, following an alternating-day schedule.
  • Compensation: $80 for completing all training sessions and $20 for a one-month follow-up.
  • Contact: uciwmplab+ucr@gmail.com or (949) 824-2439
  • UCI IRB Approved: 2014-1219

Memory and Video Games Study (Principal Investigator: Dr. Craig Stark)

  • Study Description:  This study is investigating how video games can influence memory, cognition and brain, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Participants must be 60-75 years of age, speak English and be right-handed. Participants may not have neurological or cognitive impairments.
  • Number of sessions: 8
  • Compensation: $300 for completion of all sessions. Parking permit provided.
  • Contact: starklab@uci.edu or (949) 824-4230.
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2013-9925

MRI Imaging Study (Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Yassa)

  • Study Description:  We are looking for healthy adults age 18 and older to participate in computerized studies of memory and cognition, including one brain MRI scan.
  • Number of sessions: 1-2 (2-4 hours)
  • Compensation: $15 for the first hour, $5 for each additional 20 minutes. Additionally, we will reimburse for travel costs up to $15.
  • Contact: Mr. Joren Adams at joren.adams@uci.edu or (949)-824-5049
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2014-1161

Older Adult Behavioral Study (Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Yassa)

  • Study Description:  We are looking for healthy adults age 60 and older to participate in computerized studies of memory and cognition.
  • Number of sessions: 1 (1-2 hours)
  • Compensation: $15 for the first hour, $5 for each additional 20 minutes. Additionally, we will reimburse for travel costs up to $15.
  • Contact: Ms. Myra Larson at mslarson@uci.edu or (949)-824-0314
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2014-1161

Older Adult Memory Study (Principal Investigator: Dr. Susanne Jaeggi)

  • Study Description:  The purpose of this research project is to study the effects memory training on brain function in healthy older adults. We will rely on tablet-based applications designed to train memory functions and investigate biomarkers before and after training to determine the underlying neural mechanisms of training. This study is for adults ages 65-85.
  • Number of sessions: 5 over the course of 1 year, plus 20 in-home training sessions (20 minutes each) on tablet provided by the laboratory
  • Compensation: $140 for training sessions and $20 for each follow-up session (3 total)
  • Contact: uciwmplab+ucr@gmail.com or (949) 824-2439
  • UCI IRB Approved: 2014-1165

Tablet Training  (Principal Investigator: Dr. Susanne Jaeggi)

  • Study Description:  The Working Memory and Plasticity Lab is currently recruiting participants for a tablet experiment, consisting various games that test your cognitive abilities.
  • Number of sessions: 2-3
  • Compensation: $20-$25.
  • Contact: uciwmplab+ucr@gmail.com or (949) 824-2439
  • UCI IRB Approved: 2014-1547

MRI study of memory systems involved in facial recognition and the ‘Other-Race Effect’ (Lead Researcher Jessie Yaros, graduate student in Dr. Michael Yassa’s lab)

  • Study Description:  We are looking for healthy individuals 18 or over to participate in a brain imaging study using MRI to advance our understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying the “Other-Race Effect (ORE)”, a phenomenon where people often recognize and remember faces of individuals within their own race more easily than those of other races.
  • Number of sessions: 1 (1-2 hours)
  • Compensation: $25.
  • Contact: Ms. Myra Larson at (949)-824-0314 or yassalab@uci.edu
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2019-5169