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ELM STUDY - Participation


What does participation in the ELM Study involve?

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At your home

For Adolescents only: We are interested in how hormones affect emotional learning and memory. We will ask you (with your parent’s help if needed) to collect a saliva sample when you wake up on specific days, so that we can use them to look at hormone levels over a period of time. Females will be asked to collect five saliva samples over four weeks. Males will be asked to collect three saliva samples over two weeks. 

For all participants: Before your first visit, we will ask you some questions about your mental health (via video or phone call).

University of Melbourne

During this visit, we will ask you  to complete a computer task involving looking at images and listening to loud sounds. We will attach a finger monitor to one hand, as this will allow us to measure your level of skin conductance (sweating) as a way of telling us how much you respond to the task. Finally, will take a sample of your hair, as another way to collect information about your hormone levels (for children and adolescents only).


This visit will take about 1.5 hours.  

Royal Children's Hospital

This visit will be at the Royal Children’s Hospital, in Parkville. We will collect Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) images of your brain while doing a similar task as the one from the first visit. We also have some other short tasks and questionnaires for you to do.


This visit will take about 2 hours. 

If you think you might be eligible and would like to find out more about the ELM Study, please click here to provide us with your contact details, or send an email to, or call us on +61 3 8344 3428.

For further details about what participation in the ELM Study involves, please read through the Participant information for adolescents and parents of adolescents (it includes information for two parents, if relevant), or adults below:

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