Working Memory

About the Study 

This research investigates the brain structures underlying memory and language processing. The study involves using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine how the brain functions during a set of memory and language tasks.

This study takes place over one 30-minute behavioral session and one two-hour scanning session. During the behavioral session (in the Biology-Psychology building at the University of Maryland), you will be completing paperwork on MRI safety screening and experiment consent. You will also complete practice versions of the experimental tasks that you will perform in the scanner, in order to familiarize yourself with them. During the scanning session (at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center), you will then complete several computerized tasks in which you look at letters, words, and sentences and make decisions about them. The behavioral session will take place 1-2 days before the scanning session.


For your participation, you will receive $20 per hour for the scanning portion and $10 per hour for the behavioral portion, amounting to $45-$50 over both sessions.

Participation Requirements 

To participate in this study, you must be: 

  • 18- to 40-years old
  • A native English speaker (fluent in ONLY English)
  • Right-handed
  • Free of any non-removable metal
  • Have no known psychological or neurological conditions (including ADD, depression, or head injury)
  • Not taking any psychoactive drugs, including prescriptions (e.g., anti-depressants, anti-psychotics)
  • Have normal hearing and normal (or corrected to normal) vision. If corrected to normal, you must have contacts or be able to read without your glasses.
  • Not have color-blindness

Interested and/or have questions? 

Email  Nina Hsu for more information or any questions.

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