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 

We have currently paused our recruitment to do our part in minimising the spread of COVID-19. You can still register interest in the study here, however it may be some time before we can book you for an appointment.  We will get back in touch when recruitment recommences.

Thank you for your patience, and your interest in our study!


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:

  • Children: aged 8-10 years old

  • 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.




University of Melbourne and

Melbourne Health

Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre

Level 3, Alan Gilbert Building

161 Barry Street

Carlton, Victoria, 3053