Research Study
in Cognition
We are conducting a research study to better understand the problems psychiatric patients have with concentration, memory, and problem-solving.
Baltimore, MD
Compensation Provided
Healthy/
Schizophrenia Volunteers
Medication and Drug Free
18 - 55 Years Old
Fast Facts
About this research study:
Cognitive measures of visual perceptual acuity, short and long term memory, cost-benefit decision making, ability to use feedback to guide learning.
Research is held by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. We will compare data from healthy controls with data from people with mental illness to better understand the problems psychiatric patients have with memory, concentration and problem-solving. Studies involve paper and pencil cognitive tasks, questionnaires and computer tasks assessing working memory, attention and decision-making. Some studies involve EEG or MRI scans. Participants may make up to 4 study visits, each 1-3 hrs long.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
This is a 5 site NIH supported study with the goal of developing computerized cognitive measures of visual perceptual acuity, short term memory, long term memory, cost-benefit decision making, and the ability to use feedback to guide learning.
Is this study for me?
Adults between 18 and 55 years old who are currently psychiatric medication and drug free. We plan to enroll patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder( with a history of psychosis), and major depressive disorder ( either current or with a minimum of 2 lifetime episodes, one within 3 years), and healthy controls.
    How long would I take part in this research?
    The study involves 4 visits, one of which can be done remotely for those able to do so. We expect each visit to last 2-3 hours.
    What will happen if I participate in the study?
    Studies involve paper and pencil cognitive tasks, questionnaires and computer tasks
    assessing working memory, attention and decision-making. Some studies involve EEG or MRI scans.
    Will I be paid for being in this research study?
    We compensate people @ $20 per hour.
    Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
    There will be no cost to you to participate in the study.