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fMRI Spatial Context and Fear Conditioning

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

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-888-644-2694 (1-888-NIH-ANXI) [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

The purpose of these research studies is to better understand how the brain and body work in individuals with anxiety disorders.

Research Participation Includes: One outpatient testing session playing a video game 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: Adults between the ages of 18-50 with generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or a panic disorder. Eligible participants must be in good physical health, and a medication-free period is required to participate in the study.

This outpatient study is conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The one testing session lasts up to 3 hours. First steps to participate include, calling NIMH, learning study details, asking about your eligibility, and consenting to participate. There is no cost to participate and compensation is provided.