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  • Are you interested in how the brain works? Men needed!

    If you take part, we will ask you to: - Provide a cheek swab (to see which form of the gene you have) then, if suitable, come to the lab and: - Take a single dose of a drug or a dummy pill; - Fill in some questionnaires and give samples of saliva; - Complete tasks of mental maths, memory and reward, while in an MRI brain scanner. The study will take one afternoon (around 3.5 hours).

  • Can brief daily mental exercises change the way the human brain processes certain kinds of information?

    The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of certain brief mental exercises on the way in which the brain processes specific kinds of information. We are looking for healthy participants (both male and female), aged 18 to 65 years. In order to participate, you must be in good health, not be regularly engaged in any kind of formal mental exercises (e.g. yoga, meditation, mindfulness practices, positive psychology exercises, psychotherapy etc.) and you must not have a history of any mental disorder (such as depression, anxiety disorder, or eating disorder). You would be invited to the Department of Psychiatry (Warneford Hospital) for two study sessions. Both sessions would take approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Between the sessions you would be assigned a brief mental exercise (taking approximately 10 minutes per day) and you would be asked to carry out this exercise each evening for 7 days. After practising for 7 days, your performance on a range of computerized psychological tasks would be assessed. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Dr Alexander Kaltenboeck (alexander.kaltenboeck@psych.ox.ac.uk) at the Department of Psychiatry. Ethics Approval Reference: R49254/RE003

  • OxCaMS

    Have you been experiencing mood swings? Have you recently engaged in risky behaviour, been so hyper that you got into trouble, had much more energy than usual and/or been so irritable that you started fights?

  • The effect of losartan on fear learning

    We are looking for healthy volunteers aged 18-40 years and fluent in English to take part in a study investigating how a single dose of the medication losartan affects learning and information processing, using a simple computer task. Losartan is currently used to treat high blood pressure. However, we think that it may also enhance the effectiveness of psychological therapies such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy. The study involves three appointments of about 5 hours in total.

  • Ebselen as an add-on treatment in hypo/mania

    Lithium can stabilise the highs and lows of mood but requires careful monitoring. We are interested in a new lithium-like medicine called ebselen which might help improve recovery from acute hypo/manic episodes. The study involves adding ebselen to your usual medication during an acute episode of hypo/mania.

  • Are spiders a problem for you?

    We are looking for healthy volunteers aged 18-60 years and fluent in English to take part in a study investigating how a single dose of the medication hydrocortisone affects attention for spiders, using simple computer tasks. Hydrocortisone is a stress hormone also naturally occurring in the body. However, we think that it may also enhance the effectiveness of psychological therapies such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy. The study involves four appointments of about 5 hours in total.

  • Volunteers needed for a study investigating the effects of mental exercises

    You would be invited to the Department of Psychiatry (Warneford Hospital) for two study sessions. Both sessions would take approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Between the sessions you would be assigned a brief mental exercise (taking approximately 10 minutes per day) that you carry out for 7 days. After this training period, your performance on a range of computerized psychological tasks will be assessed.

  • Brain Stimulation Study

    We are looking for healthy volunteers to improve our understanding of how the brain is organised and how it processes information during motor learning. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) is a form of neurostimulation that uses constant, low current delivered to the brain area of interest via sensors on the scalp. Participants may experience some discomfort during TDCS. This study involves two visits to the Department of Psychiatry in Oxford. Each session will take around two hours of your time.

  • Neural mechanisms underlying decision making

    Who are we looking for? Healthy fluent English-speaking people aged 18-85 who are not pregnant. You will be asked questions about your medical history to check your suitability for an MRI scan. MRI is a method to measure brain activity that allows us to see how the brain is organised, processes information and performs skills like speech or memory. This scan is safe and does not involve any needles or injections.

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ONE-TO-ONE INTERVIEW ON BRAIN HEALTH

    We are conducting a research study to investigate people’s perceptions of the brain and brain health (Ethics Approval Reference: R56033/RE001). The study is led by the EU-funded Lifebrain consortium (www.lifebrain.uio.no).

  • Friends of Oxford Dementia and Ageing Research (OxDARE)

    Anyone who is interested in finding out more about dementia and ageing research in Oxford is invited to become a Friend of OxDARE. Friends can choose to register an interest in taking part in future studies and/or receive quarterly newsletters. When new studies get underway, OxDARE researchers will invite interested Friends to take part by email. If you are contacted by one of our researchers, it is your choice whether you would like to participate in their study or not.

  • Volunteers needed for Dementia Prevention Study: European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD)

    The European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD study) aims to address the urgent need for new treatments designed to prevent Alzheimer’s Dementia. The main study objectives are to: 1. Learn and understand better the factors involved in developing Alzheimer’s dementia. 2. To develop new treatments more quickly which are hoped to prevent Alzheimer’s dementia.

  • Dynamics of perceptual decision making

    During this study you will learn and perform a task that involves judging the direction of motion of clouds of moving dots. You will participate in a maximum of 4 sessions; first you will learn how to do the task on a computer. Then you will do 1-2 sessions performing the task while we record your brain activity using magnetoencephalography (MEG). MEG is a safe neuro-imaging technique that records the weak magnetic fields produced by the synchronised firing of neurons in the brain. MEG sessions will last up to 2 hours. Finally, we will make a 3D image of your brain using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which we will use to localise the neural generators of the MEG signals.

  • Healthy volunteers needed for emotional processing study

    Volunteers should be right handed, have no history of a psychological disorder such as depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder, no previous participation in a study using computerised tasks with emotional faces, and no participation in a drug study within the last 3 months. Central University Research Ethics Committee number: R57219/RE001

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE STUDIES OF THE BRAIN

    MRI is a type of brain scan that allows us to see how the brain is organised and performs tasks like decision making. The scan is safe and does not involve any needles or injections. Who are we looking for? Fluent English-speaking men or women aged 18-45, who are not pregnant, with a range of symptoms of depression. You will be asked questions about your medical history to check your suitability for an MRI scan.