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Brain Stimulation in Fear and Anxiety Study

Join a Research Study: Enrolling locally from the Washington, D.C. metro region

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-402-4961 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

The purpose of this research study is to see how brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), affects fear and anxiety.

Research participation includes 2 outpatient study visits, 1 to 2 weeks apart, lasting up to 3 hours each. During one study visit a memory task is performed during one of several brain scans [functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)]. In the second study visit, participants receive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and complete a computer task while exposed to unpleasant stimuli. Researchers will assess brain images, changes in heart rate, muscle activity, sweat responses, and respiration.

This study is enrolling healthy adults between the ages of 18-50 who have no current psychiatric disorders.

These outpatient visits are conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. There is no cost to participate and compensation is provided. First steps to participate include calling NIMH, learning study details, asking about your eligibility, and consenting to participate.