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MiND (Michigan Neural Distinctiveness) Study

We are currently recruiting healthy adults over the age of 65 as well as young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 for the Michigan Neural Distinctiveness (MiND) study. The purpose of the Michigan Neural Distinctiveness (MiND) study is to investigate the relationship between cognitive abilities and brain function in younger and older adults. The goal is to shed light on the brain changes that underlie cognitive changes with age.

The study consists of 3 sessions on 3 separate days at the University of Michigan’s North Campus.  Session 1 takes place at the LBME building (1101 Beal Ave, Ann Arbor), lasts 2 hours, and consists of cognitive and behavioral tasks.  Sessions 2 and 3 take place at the BIRB (2360 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor).  Session 2 is 2 hours and consists of cognitive tasks and a ~50 minute MRI scan.  Session 3 is only a 1.5-hour MRI scan.

All sessions are held on weekdays during the hours of 8:00am-6:00pm.  Your total participation would be approximately 5.5 hours, and you will be paid $100 for completing the entire study.  You can drive yourself to and from the sessions, and parking is provided.
In summary, the study consists of:
  • 3 Sessions
  • 2 MRI Scans (1, 45-60 minute scan; 1, 90 minute scan)
  • Total of 3 hours of behavioral/cognitive tasks
  • $100 compensation
General eligibility includes…
  • Age 18-29 or 65 and older
  • Good health
  • Native English speaker (i.e. your first language is English)
  • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision, hearing, and motor control (glasses are okay, hearing aids are not)

Eligibility is determined via an over-the-phone questionnaire and an online screening survey.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please click here to fill out our subject information form.

TMS (Transcanial Magneic Stimulation) Study

After your participation in the MiND study, we are also conducting a study using transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, which is a technique used to safely stimulate areas of the brain. In this one-session study, we will use TMS to stimulate the motor area of the brain, causing twitches in your fingers. We will also stimulate a visual area and attempt to make you see phosphenes, or brief flashes of light. If you’ve ever looked at a bright light, such as oncoming headlights in darkness, and seen the afterimage of that light, that’s a natural phosphene!

To participate in this study, you must have participated in the MiND study. Please see above for details! This study is a single session lasting between 2 and 3 hours and pays $15 per hour. The study will take place at the Central Campus Recreation Building on Central Campus. If you’re interested, please email Katy Michon at for more information.

EEG (Electroencephalogram) Study

After your participation in the MiND project, we invite you to participant in an additional study using electroencephalogram, or EEG, which is a non-invasive technique used to track and record brain wave patterns. We will use EEG to record your brain activity while you look at pictures of faces and houses, hear speech and music, as well as while you rest. Our goal is to shed light on the brain changes that underlie cognitive changes with age. 

In order to participant, you must have completed the MiND study. Please see above for details! The study consists of one session lasting approximately 3 hours and pays $15 per hour. The study will take place at the East Hall Building (530 Church Street, Central Campus, Ann Arbor). If you’re interested, please email Pia Lalwani at for more information.

Mapping Cognition Densely (MCD) Study

We are currently recruiting young (18-35), right-handed participants to participate in a study about person-specific brain mapping. The purpose of this study is to understand how individual differences in the brain can help us understand cognitive function.

The study consists of two one-hour long sessions in a computer lab in East Hall. You will be paid $10/hour, or $30 for completing the entire study. If you’re interested in participating in this study, email Katy Michon at for more information. 

Thank you!

Some Pictures from the TMS and EEG studies!