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Brain and Body Responses to Stress Study

Join a Research Study: Healthy Volunteers

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-451-5087 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

The purpose of this research study is to better understand how the brain and body work when healthy volunteers feel anxious.

Research Participation Includes: Performing computer tasks while being exposed to unpleasant stimuli.  Researchers will assess changes in heart rate, muscle activity, sweat responses, and respiration that occur during exposure to mildly unpleasant events. In addition, we will investigate cognitive changes (e.g. memory, attention) based on your task performance.

Who Can Participate: Healthy volunteers between the ages of 18-50, who have no current psychiatric illness, current drug or alcohol abuse, or major medical illness may be enrolled in this study. Volunteers cannot be pregnant and must also be free of certain medications that may interfere with the study.

The study is conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. There are 1 to 4 outpatient visits.  There is no cost to participate and compensation is provided.

First Steps to Join a Study: Learn study details, be pre-screened for eligibility, and consent to participate. Se habla español.