Bilingual Study

About the Study 

This research investigates the brain structures underlying how people from different language backgrounds remember information and make judgments and decisions. This study involves using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan to image the brain, allowing us to see how it functions during a task.

The study takes place over one 2-hour session. The first 30 minutes will be spent going over consent and MRI safety screening. This is followed by an hour of scan time, during which you will complete a computerized task in which you will view a series of words and indicate what font color words are written in. The last 30 minutes of the session will be spent on an online demographic questionnaire. 


For your participation, you will receive $10 per hour, amounting to $20 over the 2 hour session. 

Participation Requirements 

To participate in this study, you must be: 

  • 18- to 35-years old
  • Either a monolingual English speaker OR a bilingual English and Spanish speaker
  • 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 us at or call the Decision, Attention, and Memory Lab at 301-405-8276 from 9-5.


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

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