March 11, 2010

Research Study on Cognitive Development and Coping with Stress During Adolescence

Children, adolescents and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20 are needed for a research project to help us better understand the development of learning, memory and problem-solving skills.

We are also interested in how these areas of thinking are related to the ways in which young people handle stress and their emotions.

There are two parts to this study, which require two separate visits to Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The first part involves completing questionnaires, interviews and taking several tests of learning, memory and problem-solving. The second part involves having images taken of your child's brain in a magnetic resonance scanner (MRI) while performing certain skills tests.

This will help us understand which parts of the brain are involved in the development of thinking and ability to handle emotions. Some of those who participate in part I of the study will be asked to participate in part II; participation in part II will be determined by an age and gender matching basis with other populations in the study as well as the results of part I’s assessment battery.

Compensation of $20 each for the child and parent is provided for the first part of the study. If the child is eligible and participates in the second part of the study, he or she will be compensated $40. Parents will also be compensated an additional $20 to help with the cost of travel.

Interested individuals should contact Kristen Robinson at or call 322-6613.