About fMRI Studies


You will remove piercings, jewelry, metal hairpins, and any other metal on your body. A researcher will give you comfortable clothes to wear during the scan. You can practice lying still before the scan starts. During the scan, you will be able to talk to a researcher. 

The fMRI scanner makes some loud sounds while it takes pictures.  The sounds change when a different picture is being taken.  A researcher will help you insert special foam earphones into your ears so that the noise is quieter.  

At the end of your visit, you can take home a picture of your brain and payment for your participation. Payment is between $20 and $100, depending on which study you decide to participate in. 

You can learn more about participating in an fMRI study in this video, created by the McGovern Institute at MIT.

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