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“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions.” ― Rachel Carson

We need participants! (Scroll down for Open Studies)


Science research wouldn't be able to progress without the help of healthy and patient participants like you. The Electrical and Optical Neuroimaging Lab has three shielded experiment rooms here on the campus of the Washington University School of Medicine.

Our lab sometimes performs research with pen and paper or a computer. These experiments typically last thirty minutes to an hour.

Our lab sometimes performs research with the MRI scanner. Before we begin the research part, we will review safety forms, explain the session, and obtain your consent. Then we can scan your brain as you lie still in the scanner or play computerized games there. These experiments typically last 1-3 hours.

Our lab sometimes performs research with EEG nets like hair nets or swim caps. Before we begin the research part, we will review safety forms, explain the session, and obtain your consent. Then we can get started. It takes several minutes to apply the sensors properly, so you may watch TV or play games on your phone during that time. Then we'll ask you to either lie or sit still in our testing room, and we'll have you play computerized games there. These experiments typically last 1-3 hours.

Our lab sometimes performs research with BOTH EEG and MRI, the preparation for this is somewhat more complex. At least two researchers will be with you.

The influence of emotional responses on cognitive decision-making

We are recruiting healthy adults ages 21-80 to participate in a study to determine how adult subjects make decisions when faced with negative emotional experiences. This study will involve filling out questionnaires about your sleep habits, basic personality and some simple tests of your working memory. Subjects may participate in studies where we record the electrical activity of their brains while they perform two tasks. A few subjects will be able to participate in a small study where they perform these tasks in the MRI scanner.

Email our Subject Coordinator to schedule an appointment.

The effects of aural entrainment on nap and learning

We are recruiting healthy adults ages 18-35 to participate in a study to test whether certain sounds can improve the quality of sleep and waking. This study will involve some questions, EEG, some simple tests with words and numbers, and a 90 minute nap in the laboratory bedroom at Wash U med school. Subjects may have the electrical activity of their brains and arms recorded by sensors on the skin while they perform the tasks and while they sleep. Subjects may additionally be asked to return for a repeat session under very similar conditions.

Email our Subject Coordinator to schedule an appointment.

Are you a student interested in our work?

Various programs can provide graduate and undergraduate support during the summer break or while classes are in session. Please let us know research questions you'd like to help investigate further!

Are you a scientist or business interested in our work?

We are interested in collaborations within the School of Medicine, WUStL, Saint Louis at large, and those with similar research goals. Feel free to contact us with research questions you'd like to help investigate!