Compensated Adolescent Decision-Making Research
Researchers at Indiana University want to discover why your child may make risky decisions. Join a compensated research study with your child and help advance research on a child's brain structure and its association with decision-making.
Compensated Adolescent Decision-Making Research
Researchers at Indiana University want to discover why your child may make risky decisions. Join a compensated research study with your child and help advance research on a child's brain structure and its association with decision-making.
Facts About Our Study
Our research study aims to understand why some children make risky decisions.
Parent of a 11-12 year old

No family history of substance use

Child diagnosed with ADHD or behavioral issues OR no diagnosis
Child can participate in an MRI
Study Background
Difficulties with decision-making, particularly in risky situations, could cause some children to have a higher risk of using illegal substances or developing risky sexual practices.

Our research study evaluates brain function in high-risk and typical-risk children to learn more about decision-making.

The children participating in our study will be studied over several years to determine if certain areas of the brain that are associated with decision-making can predict the development of risky drug use or risky sexual practices.
Study Background
Difficulties with decision-making, particularly in risky situations, could cause some children to have a higher risk of using illegal substances or developing risky sexual practices.

Our research study evaluates brain function in high-risk and typical-risk children to learn more about decision-making.

The children participating in our study will be studied over several years to determine if certain areas of the brain that are associated with decision-making can predict the development of risky drug use or risky sexual practices.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
The purpose of this study is to understand more about what leads some children to make potentially dangerous, risky decisions as they grow older. We want to carefully study their behavior and scan their brains in a brain scanner (magnetic resonance imager or MRI). We will compare the high-risk children with a group of moderate-risk children to understand more about the brain’s basis for making risky decisions.
Is this study for me and my child?
You or your child may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Parent of an 11 or 12 year old child
  • The child is right-handed
  • The child is diagnosed with: ADHD or behavioral issues OR has no diagnosis
  • The child is able to participate in an MRI
  • No family history of substance use disorders in two or more close relatives
What will happen if my child participates in this study?

If you and your child are eligible to participate in this study, we will ask you to come to campus for an initial assessment, which can take up to 4 hours. During the initial assessment, we will ask you questions about your child regarding his/her behavior. We will also show them our fake MRI scanner.


Next, we will schedule you and your child for a second session where they will participate in a real MRI scan.


Then, we have follow-up appointments every 6 months where you and your child will complete brief surveys that take about 20 minutes.

Will there be compensation paid for being in this research study?
Participants will be compensated up to $370.
Will it cost anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost to participate in this study.