What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of this study is to better understand the role that the brain plays in attention, learning, and memory. We will also learn more about how people process interpersonal and emotional information. We will study whether abilities to deal with these forms of information are connected to how well people manage to function in the community. We will compare healthy individuals from the community with patients who have schizophrenia.

Who is conducting the study? Where is the study located?
This study is being conducted by Kenneth Subotnik, Ph.D. of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, 300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Room 2240, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6968

Who can participate? What will happen in the study?
We are looking for healthy volunteers who are between the ages of 19 and 25, to participate in interviews and assessments (attention, learning, memory, neuroimaging (MRI scan), and DNA analysis):

  • An interview (2 hours) that will include questions related to personal life experiences and emotional well-being.

  • Assessments that will include: identifying numbers or letters that are presented on a computer (4 hours); listening to tones, looking at pictures, and making a speech while we record muscle activity of your eyelids, sweat gland activity of your fingers and heart rate (3 hours); identifying emotions presented in a booklet and on videotape (2 hours); have an MRI scan of the brain while looking at pictures and words through goggles (1 hour). These tests will be repeated again one year later).

Do participants receive compensation?
Participants will receive $25 for each hour participated. Over the course of one year, total payment could be as much as $750, depending on the number of assessments completed.

How do I sign up??
If interested, please email us at aftercareucla@gmail.com

Your decision whether or not to participate in this research project will in no way affect your employment status.