Participate in an MRI research study

The Neuroplasticity and Development Lab at Johns Hopkins University is seeking participants for an MRI research study on cognition. The purpose of this study is to investigate how lifetime experience shapes the human brain. We are interested in how the brain adapts to the absence of vision. To answer this question, we use neuroimaging to compare the brains of individuals with different life histories: adults who grew up with vision, those who were born blind, and those who became blind later in life.

You can find more information on the lab website.

Participating in this study involves coming into the laboratory for one to three MRI scanning sessions, each lasting between one and three hours. During the scans, participants listen to stories and sounds, feel everyday objects, look at pictures, and answer questions about what they hear, feel, and see. Participants are compensated $30 per hour for their time. The study takes place at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Travel costs to and from the study site are covered by the laboratory.

To qualify for the study, you must be a healthy adult between 55 and 75 years old with normal or corrected-to-normal vision. Before taking part in the study, participants are asked to complete a pre-screening interview over the phone to see whether they qualify. The screening interview takes approximately 15 minutes.

To learn more about participating, contact the lab by email: