What are the aims of the study?

Emotional symptoms in psychotic illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia cause significant distress and functional impairment. In this study, people with psychosis and people without a serious mental health condition will have an MRI brain scan while they watch a comedy video, or engage in other simple games. We will compare the results of both groups to understand which connections in the brain are causing emotional symptoms in psychosis. We are seeking people without a serious mental health condition to support this research.

What does this study involve?

A single 3 hour session at the Hunter Medical Research Institute which includes questionnaires, simple games like rating emotional faces, and watching short film clips. During the tasks, we will record brain activity in the MRI scanner, facial video, and heart rate. These recordings allow us to look at emotion-related changes in brain activity, facial expressions, and heart rate.

Who can participate

The study is open to people aged 16-50 who do not have a history of a serious mental illness. As this study involves MRI brain scanning, it would not be suitable for people with claustrophobia.

Download the participant information sheet here

Contact information

To find out more or to register your interest please contact:

Dr Jayson Jeganathan
T: 0417 474 119
E: participate-sng@newcastle.edu.au