Research Opportunities


Brain Imaging Study in Healthy Older Adults and Parkinson’s Disease 


The Motor Neuroimaging and Neuroscience Lab is currently looking for healthy older adults and adults diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease ages 45-85 to participate in a brain imaging study that aims to understand how the brain controls simple and coordinated movements of the upper and lower extremities in Parkinson’s disease. The study lasts approximately 4 hours and includes a 1-hour MRI session and 2-3 hours of motor and cognitive testing. The participants will receive a $100 visa gift card upon completion. Hotel and transportation costs will be covered in case of participants with Parkinson’s disease who live more than 50 miles away from the University of Delaware.

Study Contact Information: Please call (352) 871-1275

or email

Personality and Dysregulation Lab


Seeking adults to participate in a research study at the University of Delaware. The study pays up to $85 & lasts approximately 4 hours. Participants will be asked to answer questions & complete tasks about life experiences, risky behaviors, decision-making & mental health.


Play & the Brain


We are interested in better understanding how children’s brains develop to support language learning and vocabulary outcomes. We are interested in how conversations during play between a caregiver and child differs across families, and how this interacts with language learning in the brain. 
To study these questions, we have families come to the CBBI and engage in a 20 minute play session. Then, children’s brain activity will be studied while they engage in a few language activities and watch cartoons, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Lastly, we have children play a few short language games with us outside of the MRI. Children will get to take home a DVD of their brain, and families will be paid $50 for 2 hours of their time.

Study Contact Information: Dr. Julie Schneider, email or call/text 817-228-0413

Brain Activity During a Sodium Infusion
In this study, we are intravenously infusing a high sodium solution into healthy young adults (18-45 years) to investigate where sodium is sensed in the brain and how this might affect blood pressure regulation.

Perceptual Learning and Memory Consolidation



Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study


The Impression Formation Social Neuroscience Lab is currently looking for male participants to study the effects of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) on comparative judgments. The study is being conducted at the University of Delaware by Dr. Jasmin Cloutier.  TMS is a non-invasive technique (i.e. no needles, etc.) that involves the delivery of a brief (500 milliseconds) magnetic pulse to specific areas of the brain before, during or after cognitive tasks. This technique briefly disrupts neural activity in a specific part of the brain. Participants are compensated for their participation. The study also requires that subjects participate in an MRI study prior to the TMS session.



Emotion and the Brain in Adolescence


We are looking for adolescents aged 11-14 to participate in study of emotions and the brain.  In this study, adolescents and their parent answer questions about their life experiences and adolescents participate in an MRI scan of their brain.

To find out more, please call the CAD Lab at 302-831-4704 or email



Trunk Muscle Characteristics and their Association with Balance, Function, and Community Participation in Individuals with Lower-Limb Amputations
This study looks at trunk muscles and their relationship to balance, physical function, and community participation in adults with a below-the-knee or above-the-knee amputation as compared to healthy controls. Eligible participants will be asked to attend an evaluation at the University of Delaware, complete a questionnaire packet, wear an activity monitor for 7 days, and receive a MRI.  The total time commitment is about 3 hours.  Individuals will receive an honorarium for $50 for participation.
Contact the Delaware Limb Loss Studies at 302-831-7142 if you are interested in participating. 


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