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UNC Neuroimaging Study

This 2-part study explores the connection between adolescent alcohol use, behavioral flexibility, and brain connectivity.

Age & Gender

  • 22 years ~ 40 years
  • Male, Female

Visit Availability

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


North Carolina (Statewide)

What will be asked of you

Visit 1: you will meet with a member of the study team for an in-person eligibility screen. You will need to pass both a urine drug screen and an alcohol breath test to continue participation. You will then fill out some paper questionnaires and be trained in our 3 computerized behavioral tasks. At the end of the session we will collect 2 saliva samples. After visit 1 and before visit 2 you will be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires. For visit 2 you will do the testing portions of our computer tasks before a 2 hour MRI scan.


A baseline of $15 per hour (about 6 hours total)

In-person visits : 2
Phone or online visits : 1
Total length of participation : 3 weeks

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:

  • Age 22-40
  • Right-handed
  • Native English Speaker
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Not claustrophobic

Not eligible if:

  • Neurological or Psychiatric Disorder
  • Psychoactive Medication USe
  • Illicit Drug Use
  • Permanent retainer behind upper teeth
  • Electrically, magnetically, or mechanically activated implants

Contact the Team

Visit Location

100% Remote (online, phone, text)

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Charlotte Boettiger
Psychology and Neuroscience

Study Type

Behavioral or Social

Study Topics

Brain, Head, Nervous System
Healthy Volunteer or General Population
Substance Use (tobacco, alcohol, opioids, etc)

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