The Somatosensory & Affective Neuroscience Group, NSP, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF

Volunteers aged 18-60 needed: Neural mechanisms of touch processing in adults

Volunteers aged 18-60 needed: Neural mechanisms of touch processing in adults

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study, investigating the brain mechanisms associated with the processing of touch in adults. We are currently looking for participants, aged 18‐60, who have not been diagnosed with a developmental condition such as autism spectrum disorder. Participation will take no more than 2 hours and you will receive an Amazon gift voucher for your time.

If you decide to complete the study, you will be asked some questions about yourself, including questions about your medical history including any medication you might currently be taking. You will then be required to complete a simple task, which involves soft brush strokes being applied to your forearm. During the task, your brain activity will be measured using an elasticated cap filled with small sensors, the process to attach this cap and ensure good connections can take up to 30 minutes to ensure maximum data collecting potential. At the end of the study you will then be asked to complete a couple of questionnaires relating to touch and personality.

We cannot include you in this study if:

  • You have a condition affecting the brain, spinal column or nerves caused by injury or illness such as traumatic brain injury, stroke or paralysis.
  • You have a visual impairment that is not fully corrected by contact lenses or glasses.
  • You are currently taking any of the following medications: analgesics, psychotropics, sedatives or sleeping aids.
  • You are not aged between 18 and 60 years old.

If you would like to participate or have any further questions please email the address below.

Mr. Connor Haggarty (Principle Investigator, Ph.D student) on:

C.J.Haggarty@2014.ljmu.ac.uk.

Thank you

This study has been approved by Liverpool John Moores Research Ethics Committee (ref: 16/NSP/001).

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