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Centre for Affective Disorders

The cognitive architecture of blame biases


Please note that this study has completed recruitment of volunteers. If you are interested in participating in one of our studies please visit our 'current recruitment' page here

We are seeking healthy volunteers

What is the study about?

During every-day life we constantly have to evaluate our own and others’ social behaviour and this affects how we feel about ourselves and other people. The way we deal with this information is poorly understood and very relevant for our mental health. Therefore, there is an urgent need to understand this better in order to develop better treatments for mental health problems such as depression or anxiety.

What would you have to do?

When agreeing to participate, you would be asked questions about psychiatric, medical and neurological symptoms by using questionnaires and interviews. We would also use tests, some of them on a computer to test your cognitive, emotional and social skills. Following this assessment you would then be invited to a complete computerised task which involves emotional content.

What are the benefits for you?

There are no direct benefits for you. It is you who will benefit the progress of medical research. You can make an important contribution to a better understanding of depression and anxiety by participating in our research project. However, we can reimburse your travel costs and time taken and we will give you access to the results of all tests performed. If you wish you will receive regular updates on the progress of the study and new results published by our group. If we obtain important diagnostic information, we will inform you and your general practitioner.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us by e-mail or phone. We would then schedule a 15 minute phone interview to see whether there are any conditions which would make it impossible for us to include you into the study.

You need to

  • be right-handed
  • be proficient in English
  • live in the Greater London Area
  • be 18 years or older
  • have no history of or current substance or alcohol abuse
  • have no history of or current psychiatric or neurological disorders

For an information sheet and our contact details please click here 

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