The fMRI portion of the Ohio Study will take place at Ohio State University. An fMRI is essentially a large magnet that allows us to take pictures of your brain (see image below). In the scanner, the adolescent will be completing a series of tasks. Adolescents will be in the scanner completing these tasks for approximately 1.5 hours. *Please note that every participant who comes in for a session MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Only one parent/guardian will be allowed to come in to the fMRI lab with the adolescent. This parent/guardian will have the opportunity to complete some questionnaires and tasks on the computer.

Breakdown of session

  • When you arrive at your session, both the caregiver and the adolescent will need to sign their screening and consent forms
  • The participant will then be placed in the “mock scanner” to get a feel for the actual dimensions of the magnet and the noises associated with its scans
  • Participants will then complete a series of ‘practice tasks’ on the computer to get a feel for the tasks they will be asked to complete in the scanner
  • Adolescents and one caregiver will be taken down to the fMRI lab where subjects will complete their scan session and caregivers will complete a series of questionnaires
  • Both the adolescent and parent/guardian will have the option to provide hair, blood and saliva samples
  • Once the session has been completed, adolescents and caregivers will be paid for their time and given a parking validation pass