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Alcohol and Impulsivity Brain Imaging Study (with yearly follow-up questionnaires)

We are testing whether impulsivity relates to alcohol drinking in college, whether connections between certain brain areas predict these behaviors, and how these factors are influenced by genes and childhood environment.

Age & Gender

  • 18 years ~ 19 years
  • Male, Female, Gender Inclusive

Visit Availability

  • Standard business hours (M-F, 8-5)
  • Extended hours (M-F, early morning or evening)
  • Weekend hours, if needed

Location

North Carolina (Statewide)

What will be asked of you

We first conduct a phone screening to determine eligibility prior to enrollment (~10 minutes). In person: The main study visit takes 2 hours and will consist of screening, paper questionnaires, and an MRI scan. An electronic survey (1-1.5 hours) will be sent to your email for completion at your convenience. You will receive a series of three yearly follow-up surveys (~30 min each).

Incentives

$55 and a picture of your brain following the in-person visit and completion of one set of online surveys. $15 for each of the three additional follow-up surveys. Drawings to win a $50 gift card for timely survey completion.

In-person visits : 1
Phone or online visits : 5
Total length of participation : 3 years (5 hours total)

Looking for Specific Volunteers

Able to participate:

  • experiences of abuse or neglect in childhood
  • first year college student

Not eligible if:

  • psychiatric disorders
  • alcohol or substance use disorder
  • neurological disorder
  • MRI contraindications (non-removable piercings, pacemakers, aneurysm clips, full braces, pregnancy, etc.)

Looking for Healthy Volunteers

Requirements for healthy volunteers are different than for those with a specific condition. If you are interested in becoming a healthy volunteer for this study, use the below categories to determine if you are able to participate.

Able to participate:

  • first year college student
  • right handed

Not eligible if:

  • psychiatric disorders
  • alcohol or substance use disorder
  • neurological disorder
  • MRI contraindications (non-removable piercings, pacemakers, aneurysm clips, full braces, pregnancy, etc.)

Contact the Team

Visit Location

100% Remote (online, phone, text)

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Amanda Elton
Psychology and Neuroscience

Study Type

Behavioral or Social
Observational

Study Topics

Behavior
Brain, Head, Nervous System
Child and Teen Health
Healthy Volunteer or General Population
Mental and Emotional Health
Substance Use (tobacco, alcohol, opioids, etc)

IRB Number

18-0801

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