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Brain Function and Decision-Making

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03974282
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : June 4, 2019
Last Update Posted : July 3, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Virginia Commonwealth University

Brief Summary:
This study is about how brain function and structure is different between two universities. Participant in this project will contribute to a better understanding of how universities affect the brain.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Behavior, Social Psychology, Social Social Interaction Interpersonal Relations Other: University enrollment Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Some study details are purposely omitted at this time to preserve scientific integrity. Full details will be posted at the conclusion of the study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Brain Function and Decision-Making
Actual Study Start Date : June 20, 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2019

Arm Intervention/treatment
Virginia Commonwealth University
Enrolled at VCU
Other: University enrollment
Enrolled at the university

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in prefrontal cortex brain activity assessed by fMRI [ Time Frame: Baseline to 3 hours ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 35 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Undergraduate students aged 18 - 35 years of age
  • No current or regular use of prescribed or illicit psychoactive drugs
  • Free of major health problems (e.g., diabetes, HIV, Parkinson's disease)
  • Free of a neurological or psychiatric disorders
  • No current drug abuse (e.g., recreational drug use, average alcohol intake in excess of 4 drinks per day).
  • Right hand dominant
  • Free of claustrophobia
  • Free of pregnancy or suspected pregnancy
  • Absent MRI risk factors (e.g., implanted medical device, body mass index > 35, braces)
  • Free of medical conditions that render individuals with overly sensitive hearing
  • No colorblindness

Exclusion Criteria:

• Not meeting the inclusion criteria listed above.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03974282

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Contact: David Chester 1-804-828-7624
Contact: Nicholas Thomson

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United States, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University Recruiting
Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23298
Sponsors and Collaborators
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Principal Investigator: David Chester, PhD Virginia Commonwealth University

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Responsible Party: Virginia Commonwealth University Identifier: NCT03974282     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HM20015724
First Posted: June 4, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 3, 2019
Last Verified: July 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No