A research study being conducted through the Affective Neurodevelopment Stream, with collaborations through the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health 


Thank you for your interest in the Emotional Learning and Memory (ELM) Study!

Anxiety disorders are widespread and can be extremely debilitating. They are most likely to begin in childhood and adolescence. So, it is important to understand how individual differences in brain function and hormones might increase risk for anxiety, and especially in young people.

The ELM study is investigating relationships between anxiety and brain function during emotional learning in three age groups: children, adolescents, and adults. We will also look at how hormones influence brain function and emotional learning at different ages. This research will allow us to learn more about age differences in the expression of anxiety, and will help create better interventions for people with anxiety disorders.

Please click here for detailed background information about the study.

The three age groups we aim to include in the study are the following:

  • Adolescents: aged 14-16 years old

  • Adults: aged 25-35 years old

If you think you may be eligible to participate in the ELM Study, click here to find out more.

This research project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.