Study title: Regional brain activation during different forms of response inhibition, comparing young healthy adults with problem stimulant users and problem gamblers.
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What is this study about: This study is looking for individuals who have a history of problem gambling, and are currently active gamblers.
We want to learn about the role of addiction and response inhibition using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Electro EncephaloGraphy (EEG) to study activation patterns in the brain between different groups to better understand differences of impulsive responses. This may help to improve treatment and support of individuals suffering from addiction.
Participation involves completing a number of assessments on stress, impulsivity, and mental health, providing a urine sample, participating in an fMRI brain scan, completing a computer task, and receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation. This will be completed over 4-6 sessions, totaling 16.5-18 hours, and includes a reimbursement for your time.
Who we are looking for: You are eligible if you are preoccupied with gambling, between 19 - 45 years old, proficient in English, you are not a drug user, and do not have any physical or mental illness.
How do I get involved: If you are interested, get in contact with our research assistant at:
psychiatry.BRAIN-Lab@ubc.ca or 604-827-4287.
Once contacted, we will affirm your eligibility using a quick screener.
The Behavioral Reward Affect + Impulsivity Neuroscience Lab at the University of British Columbia (Point Grey Campus)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Christian Schütz, MD, PhD
Location: UBC Hospital