Participate in brain research

The Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) at UC Irvine is a world-renowned learning and memory research center located in Orange County, California.

Scientists in the CNLM strive to answer many different questions related to learning and memory, and they use many different tools to answer those questions.

How you can participate

We can’t study the human brain without human brains! There are many opportunities to participate in brain research at the Center. Here are some of the active studies that are currently recruiting participants:

Children

ADHD Intervention Study (Primary Investigator: Dr. Susanne Jaeggi)

  • Study Description:  UC Irvine’s Working Memory and Plasticity Lab is offering an intervention for children aged 7-14 with a diagnosis of ADHD. Our aim is to improve study skills and motivation through group-based discussion, art projects, videos, and more!
  • Number of Sessions: 6
  • Compensation: $20 plus free parking
  • Contact: Nina Ozbardakci at nozbarda@uci.edu or (949) 824 – 6716
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2015-2196

HSAM Children Behavioral and MRI Study (Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Yassa)

  • Study Description:  Behavioral research studies in Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory in children. We are looking for children with highly superior autobiographical memory for participation in behavioral research studies. Must be between the ages of 7-17 years old. Sessions are 1-3 hours.
  • Compensation: You will be compensated for your participation. please contact Liz Murray at 949.824.0314 or yassalab@uci.edu for more information.
  • Contact: Liz Murray at 949.824.0314 or yassalab@uci.edu
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2017-3425
Adults

Depression MRI Study (Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Yassa)

  • Study Description:  If you are between the ages of 18 and 45 and feeling symptoms of depression, you may be eligible for one of our studies of memory and mood. Symptoms of depressions may include feelings of sadness, changes in mood, appetite or sleep, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.  The visits will entail an MRI scan, a paper-and-pencil cognitive test of your thinking, and a medical history review. 
  • Number of sessions: 1-2
  • Compensation: $120
  • Contact: Mr. Joren Adams at 949.824.5049 or memandmood@gmail.com
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2011-1161

Effects of TDCS on Younger/Older Adults (Principal Investigator: Dr. Susanne Jaeggi)

  • Study Description:  The Working Memory and Plasticity Lab is investigating the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on Working Memory in both younger and older adults. The purpose of this experiment is to detect potential increase in learning across different cognitive domains.
  • Number of sessions: 7 total, following an alternating-day schedule.
  • Compensation: $80 for completing all training sessions and $20 for a one-month follow-up.
  • Contact: uciwmplab+ucr@gmail.com or (949) 824-2439
  • UCI IRB Approved: 2014-1219

Memory and Video Games Study (Principal Investigator: Dr. Craig Stark)

  • Study Description:  This study is investigating how video games can influence memory, cognition and brain, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Participants must be 60-75 years of age, speak English and be right-handed. Participants may not have neurological or cognitive impairments.
  • Number of sessions: 8
  • Compensation: $300 for completion of all sessions. Parking permit provided.
  • Contact: starklab@uci.edu or (949) 824-4230.
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2013-9925

Older Adult Behavioral Study (Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Yassa)

  • Study Description:  We are looking for healthy adults age 60 and older to participate in computerized studies of memory and cognition.
  • Number of sessions: 1 (1-2 hours)
  • Compensation: $15 for the first hour, $5 for each additional 20 minutes. Additionally, we will reimburse for travel costs up to $15. 
  • Contact: Ms. Anna Smith at anna.smith@uci.edu or 949.824.0314
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2011-1161

Older Adult Memory Study (Principal Investigator: Dr. Susanne Jaeggi)

  • Study Description:  The purpose of this research project is to study the effects memory training on brain function in healthy older adults. We will rely on tablet-based applications designed to train memory functions and investigate biomarkers before and after training to determine the underlying neural mechanisms of training. This study is for adults ages 65-85.
  • Number of sessions: 5 over the course of 1 year, plus 20 in-home training sessions (20 minutes each) on tablet provided by the laboratory
  • Compensation: $140 for training sessions and $20 for each follow-up session (3 total)
  • Contact: uciwmplab+ucr@gmail.com or (949) 824-2439
  • UCI IRB Approved: 2014-1165

Tablet Training  (Principal Investigator: Dr. Susanne Jaeggi)

  • Study Description:  The Working Memory and Plasticity Lab is currently recruiting participants for a tablet experiment, consisting various games that test your cognitive abilities.
  • Number of sessions: 2-3
  • Compensation: $20-$25.
  • Contact: uciwmplab+ucr@gmail.com or (949) 824-2439
  • UCI IRB Approved: 2014-1547

Young Adult Behavioral Study (Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Yassa)

  • Study Description:  We are looking for healthy individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 to participate in computerized studies of memory and cognition.
  • Number of sessions: 1 (1-2 hours)
  • Compensation: $15 for the first hour, $5 for each additional 20 minutes. UCI undergraduates will receive either SONA credits for participation or may be paid.
  • Contact: Mr. Joren Adams at 949.824.5049 or yassalab@uci.edu
  • UCI IRB Approved: HS# 2011-1161

Interested in participating but not sure who to contact? We can help match you to the appropriate study. Contact us at (949) 824-5193 or email us at memory@uci.edu.