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

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EMOTIONAL LEARNING & MEMORY
(ELM) STUDY

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 14-16).

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.

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 INVOLVED?

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

  • Aged 14-16 years old

  • NO current diagnosis of a developmental or mental health disorder

For females only:

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

  • NOT pregnant and have never had previous pregnancies

If you answer 'NO' to some of the criteria, OR if you are an adolescent between 12 to 16 years old and you live in an Australian state other than Victoria, or if you live in New Zealand, you are able to participate in an online version of this study. 

 

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

AM I ELIGIBLE?

WHAT IS THE RESEARCH ABOUT?