May 28, 2013

Shy children ages 8 to 10 needed for study

Healthy children, 8-10 years of age, who are especially shy or outgoing are being recruited to participate in a study of how differences in temperament may relate to differences in brain function.

In the study, the child will be asked to:

  • Answer some questions about personality, feelings and behaviors
  • Give several small saliva samples to measure DNA and hormone levels
  • Complete a practice MRI scan
  • Complete MRI scan of his/her brain

Parents will be asked to:

  • Answer some questions about your child’s personality, feelings and behaviors
  • Complete a brief phone interview about your child once a year for three years

This is a longitudinal study that runs for three years and will include three initial visits, and then one visit to Vanderbilt and one phone interview per year for the next three years.

You, as the parent, will be paid $20 for each study visit to Vanderbilt and you will be given a $15 gift card for each phone interview. Your child will be paid $30 for each study visits without an MRI (clinical interview, questionnaires, and practice MRI scan) and $50 for the MRI scan.

For more information, contact Jacci Clauss at or 936-2307.