Brain development and decision-making

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Youngbin Kwak


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The Neuro-Learning and Performance Lab is seeking children and adolescents (age 10-17 years) and adults (23-29 years) to participate in a study researching brain development and decision-making processes. Participants will use games to choose between different options of winning money or allocating money to different people. Brain waves will be recorded using an EEG cap. Eye blinks will also be recorded by placing four small electrodes on the face. The EEG cap and electrodes are noninvasive and completely safe.

Subjects should be right-handed with no neurological or psychiatric disorders and who are not on daily medication for these disorders.

All participants will receive $15 plus a bonus of $1-5 based on performance during the computerized task.

Child and adolescents only will receive a $10 travel reimbursement and if a participant refers a friend who also participates in this study, they will receive a $5 Amazon gift card for the referral.

The study location is at UMass Amherst. The UMass Center at Springfield is also available for children and adolescents.

For more information, please contact Youngbin Kwak in the Neuro-Learning and Performance Lab at (413-461-0129) or

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