The Neural Correlates of Excitability and Irritability Study (NeuCORE) is designed to help understand how children’s emotional intensity relates to brain activations while experiencing and regulating emotions. From this study, we hope to learn more about how children with big emotions experience their emotional response and how they regulate this response. By learning more about the brain activations of children with big emotions, we hope to create better interventions to help children and families manage their emotions and behaviors.

This study will be recruiting new participants ages 7-10 years old.

What to Expect

Parents will be interviewed and parents and children will fill out questionnaires about their moods, thoughts, and emotions. Then, children will be taught a short emotion regulation technique to use when seeing emotional pictures and look at pictures and videos while in the MRI scanner. MRI is a safe, non-invasive brain imaging tool that does not involve any radiation. Children will have the opportunity to experience a pretend MRI scanner before entering the actual MRI scanner.  


Children will receive a picture of their brain and will be compensated $25 for every hour or part of the hour for the visit ($75 per MRI visit).  Parents will be compensated at $25 per hour for all time spent completing interviews or surveys ($25-$50 per visit). 

Please contact us at 314-273-5268 or with any questions.

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