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Brain Changes in Fear and Anxiety 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: One outpatient testing session performing computer tasks during a brain scan (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). During the session, you will be exposed to unpleasant stimuli.  Researchers will assess brain and body responses to task performance reviewing brain imaging (fMRI) and physiological changes (e.g. heart rate) that occur when participants feel anxious.

Who Can Participate: Healthy volunteers between the ages of 18-50, who have no current psychiatric disorder or major medical illness (such as high blood pressure) may be enrolled in this study. Volunteers with a history of past bipolar depression or psychosis may not apply.

The study is conducted at the NUH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The one testing sessions lasts up to 2.5 hours. There is no cost to participate and compensation is provided.

First Steps to Participate in Research: Learn study details, be pre-screened for eligibility, and consent to participate. Refer to study 02-M-0321. Se habla español.