Language Processing Study

About the Study 

The primary goal of this research is to investigate the brain structures involved in language processing. We use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a non-invasive technique, to make images of the brain, allowing us to see how it functions during a language and memory task.

Participation in this study involves one two-hour session at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. The first 30-45 minutes will be spent going over consent forms, performing a short practice session of the task, and performing an MRI safety screening. The next hour will be spent in the scanner, where you will read short phrases and respond to questions by pressing a button.


You will receive $25 per hour for your participation, or $50 for a 2-hour session.

Participation Requirements 

To participate in this study, you must be:

  • 18- to 30-years old
  • A monolingual American English speaker
  • Right-handed
  • Free of any non-removable metal
  • Not pregnant
  • Have no known history of psychological, neurological or linguistic impairments
  • Not taking any psychoactive drugs, including prescriptions (e.g., anti-depressants, anti-psychotics)
  • Have normal (or corrected to normal) vision. If corrected to normal, you must have contacts or be able to read without your glasses.

Interested and/or have questions? 

Email us at or, or call (301) 405-3127 from 9-5.


To participate in this study, please complete the Volunteer Form and check the box "Language Processing."

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