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Brain research on decision-making

We want to learn how personality traits relate to how adolescents and young adults who are shy or whose emotions and moods change quickly make decisions. We hope this research will help us better understand decision-making and mental health during the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Age & Gender

  • 18 years ~ 25 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


North Carolina (Statewide)

What will be asked of you

You'll be asked to complete an MRI scan, a personality interview, a series of surveys, and several computer games. You should be willing to complete 5 separate visits, with the last visit occurring 1 year after the first visit. Each visit should last between 1-3 hours.


Approximately $260 depending on visit eligibility and if you complete all sessions, picture of your brain

In-person visits:
Phone or online visits:
Total length of participation:
1 year

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:

  • You are interested in psychology and brain research and are willing to complete an MRI scan
  • You experience stormy relationships or mood swings.

Not eligible if:

  • You are pregnant or weigh more than 250 pounds

Contact the Team

Visit Location

Contact & Visit Location

Primary Contact

Visit Study Website

Primary Visit Location

Davie Hall (UNC-Chapel Hill)
235 E Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA

Secondary Visit Location

Biomedical Research Imaging Center
Marsico Hall (UNC-Chapel Hill)
125 Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Michael Hallquist
Psychology and Neuroscience

Study Type

Behavioral or Social

Study Topics

Brain, Head, Nervous System
Mental and Emotional Health

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