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Queen's University

Centre for Neuroscience Studies

  • Participants Needed

Participants Needed

Exploring Robots in Rehabilitation Medicine for Assessment of Stroke

We are looking for healthy volunteers, that have not had a stroke, to participate in a research study using two different robotic technologies to assess neurological and upper limb function following a stroke.


See this document for more information.

For more information or to book an appointment, please contact Simone by phone (613) 533-6000 ext, 77506 or by email at





We are interested in understanding how pain is processed, and how it is altered as a result of fibromyalgia. This is a study for women aged 30-50 who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, or who do not have fibromyalgia, for comparison.  Participants must not have any history of brain injury, eye injury involving metal objects, or any non-removable jewellery. It is important that we conduct this study in the last part of the menstrual cycle (2 weeks before your period).


For this study we will ask the participants to rate their pain to a thermal (heat pain) stimulus. It is important to note that the heat pain will not be intolerable and will be adjusted to each person's sensitivity.


This study involves 3 visits to Queen's University. During the first visit (~1.5 hours) we will have each participant fill in several questionnaires about anxiety and depression. We will also teach them how to rate their pain, test their pain threshold, find their level of sensitivity, and have them practice rating what they feel in response to heat applied to their hand. In a second and third visit the volunteer will again experience heat applied to their hand while we take images of their brain and spinal cord repeatedly over time in the MRI (~1.5 hours each). A $100 honorarium will be provided at the end of the three visits.


If you are interested- please email Janet-, or visit the web site



Functional MRI Study

Dr. Jason Gallivan’s research uses functional MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation and behavioural methods to understand how actions (e.g., reaching, grasping and eye movements) are coded in the human brain.  If you are interested in being a paid participant in a research study please contact Jason directly ( ).


Are you 60 years of age or older?

  • Native-English speakers wanted for a study about hearing and cognitionas we age.
  • Involves one 1.5 hour session at Queen’s
  • Compensation provided + reimbursement for reasonable travel cost

 Email OR Call (613) 533-6002



Healthy men and women aged 30-50 years

Purpose: To understand how we are able to maintain clear vision when walking


Location: Queen’s University


Time: Session one will require 1.5 hours of your time and if invited, session two will require 45 minutes


Refreshments and free parking will be provided.


To cover the cost of transportation and meals you will be given $15 for session one  and $10 for session two.


For more information contact Tessa Elliott at (613) 483-3184


Overcoming Stigma in Mood and Anxiety Disorders

If you live with the stigma of mood and anxiety disorders, you are invited to participate in a free course this fall.  The practical strategies in the course have been designed so that a diagnosis does not keep you from experiencing full and meaningful life.  This free program will run in small groups of 6-10 adults.  
You can choose between daytime or evening.  A free workbook has been developed and refreshments will be provided.  The program runs for two hours each week for seven weeks, starting in October.  Assistance is available for transportation and childcare costs.


You can sign up or get information by calling Caroline at 613-328-7472, e-mailing to or through the website

This Overcoming Stigma in Mood and Anxiety Disorders program is thanks to the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair.  Local Queen’s researchers, Dr. Heather Stuart and Dr. Roumen Milev, have been fighting to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.  They developed this course as a collaboration between Queen’s University and Providence Care.  We are very fortunately to have this research and free course available in Kingston.




The Child and Adolescent Development Group is a group of researchers, including 5 members of the Centre for Neuroscience, in the Psychology Department at Queen’s University. We are interested in how infants, children, and adolescents reason about the people and the world around them. Our research focuses on many aspects of development, including: 


  • What are the earliest forms of prosocial behaviour seen in infancy? What types of situations encourage young children to help others?
  • What determines how children learn from others?  Who do children learn the most from, and what exactly are they learning?
  • How can we best explain the social difficulties facing children with autism?
  • What forms does bullying take in today’s world? How might we best discourage playground and cyber-bullying?
  • Why do teenagers react so emotionally? How do teenagers become depressed or anxious? 

The participants in the studies consist of parent and child volunteers who graciously offer their time and assistance. A visit takes about 30 minutes and is arranged at a time that is convenient for participants. Our researchers are committed to making your visit a pleasant and fun learning experience. 

If you are interested in participating, simply contact us by email or phone.


Phone: 613-533-2476 

Also, please search through the Development Group research site to learn more about our work and the specific research centers that make up our group.


Music Cognition Lab

Do you have a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia?  We are studying musical engagement and music-related memory, and currently seeking participants for our studies.  We hope to recruit adults with Alzheimer's disease as well as healthy older adults.  No music experience is needed.  For more information about our studies, please visit our website at, or contact Ritu at the Music Cognition Lab – either by email at or by phone at (613) 533-2490.


Functional MRI and Pain

We are interested in understanding how pain is processed in the brainstem and spinal cord. This study is for healthy women (25-50 years old), with no history of  neurological conditions, brain and spinal cord injury, and/or eye injury involving metallic  objects. 

The study will involve the participants completing a set of questionnaires and rating their pain experience to heat and cold pain stimulation. It is important to note that the pain  will NOT be intolerable and will be adjusted to each person’s sensitivity and threshold.   Also, we conduct the study in the last two weeks before the participant’s next menstrual  cycle.

Participation requires 3 visits to the MRI facility at Queen’s University, each 1-1.5 hours in length. In the first visit, participants will answer a set of questionnaires and learn  how to rate their pain experience. In the second and third visit, participants will again  rate their pain experience to heat and cold thermal stimulation while we image their  brainstem and spinal cord in the MRI. A $20/visit honorarium will be provided.

If you are interested in participant or for more information, please contact or visit ACCPMstudy.html

Last Modified 2014-05-26

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