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EMOTIONAL LEARNING & MEMORY
(ELM) STUDY

A research study conducted by the University of Melbourne, in collaboration with the Royal Children's Hospital

The ELM Study is investigating how biological (eg. puberty and brain function) and environmental (eg. the family environment) factors contribute to emotional development in adolescents (aged 11-16).

By contributing to this research, you will help us understand the factors that drive emotional development in adolescents, and in turn better support adolescents and help those experiencing emotional difficulties and mental health problems.

WHAT IS THE RESEARCH ABOUT?

WHAT'S INVOLVED?

Participation involves a ~2.5 hour visit at the Royal Children’s Hospital for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) brain scan. We also ask adolescents to do some tasks at home, including an interview, some questionnaires, and providing some saliva for us to test hormone levels.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

Gift cards at the rate of $20 per hour

A 3D printed model of your brain!

Knowledge that you are helping the mental health of future generations of adolescents

Eligible

AM I ELIGIBLE?

Adolescents who answer ‘YES’ to all relevant criteria are likely eligible for participation in the study.

  • Females aged 13 years old (please note that we are no longer recruiting males or 11-12 and 14-16 years olds, as we have filled these groups)

  • NO current diagnosis of a developmental disorder (eg, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder)

For females only:

  • NOT using hormonal birth control (for example, the birth control pill)

  • NOT pregnant and have never had previous pregnancies

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