Hand Holding Study

About the Study 

The purpose of this study is to learn about how social relationships may be helpful in times of stress.  We are studying how people with and without schizophrenia or other serious mental illness experience social relationships so that we can compare information across groups.  Our goal is to use this information to identify ways to assist individuals with schizophrenia in forming good relationships that are helpful in times of stress. 

The study involves two visits: Visit 1 (clinical/behavioral) and Visit 2 (brain imaging).  Visit 1 will take place either at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus or the College Park campus.  During Visit 1, you will be asked to complete clinical interviews, questionnaires, cognitive tasks, and a video task.  Visit 2 will take place up to approximately one week after Visit 1 at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC) at the University of Maryland, College Park. During Visit 2, you will be asked to complete questionnaires and work with a member of the research team to complete several tasks to get to know each other.  Then, you will be asked to complete a brain scan during which you will experience threat of mild electrical shocks, while alone or holding the hand of another person.  Each study visit is approximately 2.5 hours long.



For your participation, you will receive $100 for completing the study. 

Additionally, we provide complimentary round trip transportation to the MNC or, if you would prefer to drive yourself, we can reimburse your travel with a flat rate of $35.00.

Participation Requirements 

To participate in this study, you must be:

-          Male

-          Right-handed

-          18-65 years old

-          Free of any non-removable metal

-          Not claustrophobic

-          Have normal hearing

-          Have no known neurological conditions (including stroke, brain tumor, or head injury with loss of consciousness)

-          Typical controls only: Have no known psychological conditions (including ADHD, depression, anxiety, etc.)

Interested and/or have questions? 

Please call our study coordinator, Asia Malik, at 410-706-0929.



To participate in this study, please complete the Volunteer Form and check the box Hand Holding Study.

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