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Healthy Adults With and Without a Family History of Alcoholism

What is this research all about?
This project explores the effects of Memantine on alcoholism risk-relevant tasks with regard to reward and impulsivity behavior. Memantine is an FDA approved drug that is used in older patients with memory problems but is believed to have a role in alcoholism therapy.

Who can participate?
If you are right-handed and between the ages of 18 and 35 then you may be eligible to participate! You will need to call in for a brief screening interview to see if you meet the eligibility criteria.

What does participation involve?
Qualified participants will complete:

  • an interview with trained staff

  • neuropsychological testing, which consists of tests that measure cognitive abilities

  • questionnaires about impulsivity, personality, drinking habits, and more

  • a safe and non-invasive fMRI scan

  • a safe and non-invasive EEG

  • a non-invasive saliva sample for genetic testing

These activities occur on 2 testing days, and take approximately 8 hours per day to complete.

What do I get out of this?
Participants will help us advance our understanding of brain function in those with and without family histories of alcoholism. Participants are given $20 an hour for the time that they participate, plus additional small amounts of money for scoring well on some of the tasks.

Who can I call with questions?

If you are interested in participating or have any questions about the research, please contact Lindsey Scarpace at 860-545-7255 or
Research Update
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Presentation at Yale 11/5/04
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