Neuroimaging Studies


Neural Process in Reading

Reading fictional stories often involves imagining a fictional world from the character’s perspective. Sometimes this imagery can be more vivid than at other times. To better understand the relation between reading and imagery, we are currently investigating the neural processes involved when we read about characters in fictional scenarios.

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to complete a series of reading and listening tasks while undergoing a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan. fMRI is a method for producing high quality images of brain activity. The MRI scanner looks like a large elongated polo mint, and you will be asked to complete the tasks while lying inside the scanner. The scanner is well lit, and you are never fully enclosed as there are openings at both ends. After scanning, you will be asked to fill out a short set of questionnaires.

The study takes around 90 minutes to complete, and you will be rewarded with a £20 amazon voucher.

Who can take part? Adults aged 18-45. Participants must be native English speakers, right-handed and with no diagnosis of a psychiatric, developmental or neurological disorder. fMRI scan participants will also be asked to complete an MRI safety form: people with metal implants and non-removable jewellery or piercings cannot be scanned.

How do I take part? Please e-mail either Jamie Moffatt or Dr. Kaja Mitrenga if you are interested in taking part or if you would like more information about the study.

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