April 29, 2010

Adults Needed for a Study on Depression

Does the way depressed adults view emotion affect how they feel?

Participant Criteria
Adults, 18 to 55 years old who are depressed but not currently taking antidepressant medication. Our research study looks at the process by which our thoughts and emotions are affected by pictures of other's emotions. We can look at this using brain imaging tools. We think depression may make a difference in how people process emotion.

Being a part of this study requires two visits :
• The first visit would include a clinical interview and self-report questionnaires. The completion of this visit may take 2-3 hours. Some people will be asked to come back for a second visit.
• The second visit is a magnetic resonance imaging session. As you lie still in the scanner, positive, negative, and neutral emotional images and statements will be presented on a computer screen and over head phones. We will ask you to push buttons, and make judgments about the things you see and hear. We will also measure your body's emotional reactions with two finger sensors. The second visit should take about 1 hour.

$40 if you complete both days, $20 for the first day only

Visit Requirements

Contact Information
Morgan Shields

Principal Investigator: Richard Shelton, M.D.
Other researchers: Merida Grant, PhD,