INC: Volunteer

Would you like to participate in a MRI study?

We are always recruiting paid volunteers to participate in MRI studies. The best way to find out when study participation opportunities become available is to sign up for the Participant Contact List. This e-mail listserv will alert you via e-mail when participation opportunities are available.

Please ensure you meet the following basic criteria before signing up for the Participant Contact List. Anyone who does not meet these basic criteria may not be safe in our MRI environment.

Basic Criteria for MRI Study Participation

  • You do not have any unremovable metallic objects or metallic fragments in or on your body
  • You are not pregnant
  • You weigh less than 250 lbs
  • You are not claustrophobic

You may sign up for the Participant Contact List by clicking here

You can find a partial list of current study participation opportunities in the space below. Please check back often as new study opportunities arise every few weeks. 

Thank you for your interest in our research!

Current MRI Study Participation Opportunities

Brain Exercise and Alcohol Response Study

Reason for this Study: The goal of this study is to compare changes in the brain that happen when people engage in various levels of physical activity. The researchers also want to learn whether drinking alcohol affects these changes to the brain.

What you will do: This study involves coming in to meet with our research staff a total of 2 times, and completing 5 brief phone interviews. The first meeting is at the Center for Innovation and Creativity (CINC) at Arapahoe and 33rd Street. This session will include a scan of your brain with an MRI machine while you do some tasks that are like video games. Once per month after the initial scan, a researcher will call you and you will be asked to answer several questions. After approximately 6 months, you will come back to the CINC for a second brain scan just like the first one. In total, if you complete all aspects of the study, you may receive up to $200 at the end of the study.

Who can be in the study: You must be between the ages of 21-45 and a regular alcohol consumer. Additionally, you must plan on remaining in the Boulder-Denver area for at least the next 6 months to participate in this study. You cannot have any metal in your body that you cannot take out. Both men and women can be in the study. 

Please call us if you would like to be in the study at  (303)-492-9147 or e-mail us at (please leave your name and a phone number).

fMRI Neuroimaging Study of Adolescent Development

If you are between the ages of 14-17 or the parent of a child in this age range, you/your child may be eligible to participate in paid fMRI study in Boulder evaluating the brain development in adolescents.

Participants will spend 1 hour in the fMRI scanner performing tasks while the scanner records brain activity, and then spend 30 minutes to 1 hour completing questionnaires regarding the participant’s behaviors, emotions, and thoughts (parents will be asked to complete similar questionnaires regarding their child).

The whole process should take between 2 and 3 hours and participants will be paid $60 for their time and will also receive images of their brain to take home with them.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Must be 14-17 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Must be right handed
  • Must not have any preexisting neurological disorder
  • Must not have any non-removable metal on or in their body (retainers are OK, but braces are not)
  • Must not be claustrophobic
  • Must be able to stay still for 1-hour during scanning

If you are interested in participating and meet these criteria or are the parent/guardian of someone who meets these criteria, please email Harry Smolker with “CU AdolEF” in the subject line at

Wanted: Female CU undergraduate majors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for a psychology study, 18-22 years old, with no neurological impairment, and no current or past major psychiatric disorder.  Paid at $20/hour!  To find out if you are eligible, please email

ADAPT is a place for young people worried about recent changes in their thoughts, perceptions, and feelings.

Eligible participants are ages 12 to 21 and have experienced one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Unusual thoughts
  • Suspiciousness or paranoia
  • A sense of having special powers or unrealistic plans for the future
  • Unsual experiences with seeing or hearing things that are not there.

All assessments are provided at no cost. An initial screening will compensate participants $25.00 for a 2-hour interview, and $10.00 for a 30-minute interview with a family member/significant other (over 18). Then, if ADAPT is found to be a good fit for you, you will be invited to participate in a compensated 2-year longitudinal study. Professional recommendations and referrals for treatment will be provided.

For more information please call 303.492.4616 or visit our website: If you are younger than 18, please have your parent/guardian call.