“Hi! I am recruiting participants for 4 part study, including 2 fMRI session and 2 behavioural sessions.
Aim: This study is concerned with the ability to recognise faces and voices, focussing on how we learn new faces and voices. We want to better understand the neural mechanisms involved in visual and auditory recognition. This study is part of research conducted at Brunel University London. This study has been approved by the College of Health and Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee on the 14th of September 2017.
What you will do in this research: This is a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study. Participants will be presented with visual stimuli (such as faces, scenes, objects), and auditory stimuli (such as voices, natural sounds, noise), while we measure neural activity. You will be asked to pay attention to the stimuli and make responses by pressing buttons. You will also be asked to complete a series of behavioural tasks requiring you to rate face and voice stimuli on various dimensions. Finally, you will be asked to watch a season of a TV show attentively over the course of 2-3 weeks and complete a number of brief online questionnaires about this show.
What is fMRI: fMRI is a method of producing images of the activity in the brain as people carry out various mental tasks. It involves placing the participant inside a large, powerful magnet. As far as we know, this procedure poses no direct health risks. However, certain people should not be scanned. In particular, people who have metal in their body that cannot be removed (such as pacemakers or metal implanted in surgery) cannot be scanned.
Time required: Participation will involve 2 scanning session (2h each), 2 behavioural sessions (90 mins each), the watching of the TV show (12 episodes x 1h) and the completion of 12 brief online questionnaires (12 x 5 mins), participation will thus require a total of 20 hours. There will be two MRI sessions that will typically take about 2 hours each (in which you will be inside the MRI scanner for about 1 hour and 30 minutes) – one of them will take place before you have watched the TV show, another one after you have watched the TV show. The two behavioural session of 1 hour and 30 minutes will be outside the scanner (we will ask you to complete some computer-based tasks).
When and where: Testing will happen at the MRI scanner at Royal Holloway (Egham). Scanning happens on Fridays. Behavioural testing session happen on Mondays and Tuesdays. We will send more information by e-mail.
Compensation: You will receive £120 for participating in all the parts of the study. If you dropout before the final session, you will be reimbursed with £10 for each session you have completed (watching the show and completing the online questionnaires are considered to be one session).
Requirements: You need to: (1) be aged between 18 and 35, (2) be native English speaker, (3) be right handed, and (4) be able to remove all metal from your body, and (5) you cannot have watched the 11th season of The Apprentice (UK).
Please contact Nadine Lavan by e-mail (Nadine.Lavan@brunel.ac.uk) to complete a quick online prescreen (to make sure you are eligible to participate) and arrange a day and time to participate.