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Friendship Pathways Study

The Friendship Pathways study focuses on how social interactions affect the communication pathway between the brain and the immune system.

Age & Gender

  • 18 years ~ 30 years
  • Male, Female, Gender Inclusive

Visit Availability

  • Standard business hours (M-F, 8-5)


North Carolina (Statewide)

What will be asked of you

Phone Screening Session I: Consent, vitals, part 1 of Impressions Task Session II: 5 blood draws, potential MRI scan, FDA-approved medication or placebo, questionnaires Session III: Vitals, 1 blood draw, questionnaire


Up to $150

In-person visits:
Phone or online visits:
Total length of participation:
5.5 - 7 hours

Looking for Specific Volunteers

Able to participate:

  • Ages 18-30 years old
  • Right-handed
  • Fluent in English or Spanish reading, writing, speaking, at least at a 10th grade level
  • Body mass index less than or equal to 35 kg/m^2
  • Biologically male or female

Not eligible if:

  • Non-removable metal devices, implants, or objects in the body
  • Currently pregnant
  • History of fainting spells or any heart condition
  • History of low resting heart rate or low blood pressure
  • Current use of prescription medications

Contact the Team

Visit Location

Contact & Visit Location

Primary Contact

Primary Visit Location

Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)
Burnett-Womack Building (UNC-Chapel Hill)
160 Dental Cir, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA

Secondary Visit Location

Howell Hall (UNC-Chapel Hill)
231 E Cameron Ave Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Keely Muscatell
Psychology and Neuroscience

Study Type

Clinical or Medical

Study Topics

Brain, Head, Nervous System
Healthy Volunteer or General Population
Opinions and Perceptions
Social or Workplace Dynamics
UNC or UNC Health employees
UNC Students (undergrad, grad, professional)

IRB Number


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