Cognitive reactivity to food cues using fMRI

Duration: no longer than 2 hours

Number of sessions: 2 (one 10 minute, one 2 hour)

Location: MARIARC

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Female
  • 18-35
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Must like chocolate
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 (i.e. overweight)

You cannot take part if any of the below is true:

  • Any metal in the body, head, or eyes that cannot be removed, such as a cardiac pacemaker, brain clip, shrapnel, metal filings etc.  You will be thoroughly screened for your safety.
  • A history of serious head injury or brain surgery.
  • A history of neurological disease, psychiatric illness, or any anxiety disorder (such as post-traumatic stress disorder or claustrophobia).
  • Pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Unable to see properly without glasses (some metal framed glasses cannot be taken into the scanner room).
  • You do not consent to providing us with your GP’s contact details.
  • Have had a previous or current diagnosis of an eating disorder
  • Have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • You have a nut allergy

Study description:

We are looking for healthy-overweight female volunteers to participate in a study investigating cognitive reactivity to food cues using fMRI.

During the experiment, you will be scanned using fMRI whilst being shown a series of photos of food items. Following this, you will complete a series of short questionnaires and a computer task. The study should take no longer than 2 hours.

Researcher: Mark Randle,

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