Emotion Study in Adolescents with and without
What is this research all about?
This study seeks to understand how the brain controls emotional reactions.
This is done by taking pictures of your brain while you try to change how
strongly you react to pictures that make most people feel strong emotions.
This project aims to better understand what causes depression, so that we
can design new treatments in the future.
Who can participate?
Teenagers, ages 12 – 18, who are right-handed and do not currently have
braces. In addition, participants should be either:
Because of the use of MRI, anyone who has a
permanent metal object (such as braces) inside his or her body cannot
What will I do if I participate?
Qualified participants will complete:
an interview with trained staff
neuropsychological testing, which consists of tests that measure
questionnaires about a variety of things, including the
a safe and non-invasive fMRI scan
These activities may take 6-8 hours and can be
scheduled over two visits, if desired. All information is kept strictly
confidential, with one exception. Staff will tell parents or another health
professional if they learn that the participant is in any danger of
physically harming him/herself or others.
What do I get out of this?
Participants will help us advance our understanding of brain function in
teenagers with and without depression, with the goal of designing better
treatment options in the future. Participants are given $20 an hour
for the time that they participate. Also, a participant can request a CD
with pictures of his or her brain after the fMRI scan. While our research
staff cannot provide treatment, we can refer anyone who desires follow-up
assessments or treatment to Hartford Healthcare staff who can assist you.
Click HERE to download/print a study flyer
Additional Information about Adolescent
Here are some helpful links:
From Hartford Hospital's Health Library:
Information from the Centers for Disease Control:
Information from the National Institute of Mental
American Academy of Child & Adolescent
Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
The Connecticut Center for Health:
Contact / Information:
If you would like more information about this study, please contact
Julie at (860) 545-7788
or email her at Julie.Reid@hhchealth.org.
Our staff will answer any questions or concerns you may have and can help
determine eligibility for this study.
Olin Neuropsychiatry Center Researchers on
Michael C. Stevens, Ph.D.
Director, Clinical Neuroscience & Development Laboratory
Director, Child & Adolescent Research, Institute of Living
Associate Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of
Godfrey Pearlson, M.D.
Director, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center
Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine