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Longitudinal Impulsivity and Alcohol Neuroimaging study

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


The purpose of this research study is to test whether individual tendency toward impulsive behaviors relates to alcohol drinking, whether connections between certain brain areas predict the association between these behaviors, and how these factors are influenced by genes and childhood environment.


Alcohol Abuse, Behavior, Brain/Head, Mental Health, Substance/Drug Use, Teens





18 - 19 years


Study Population

• College freshman with or without a family history of alcoholism • College freshman with or without a personal history of abuse or neglect in childhood.


Amanda Elton
Research Assistant Professor
Psychology and Neuroscience

For questions, contact:

Amanda Elton
(919) 843-9193

Recruitment Period End

December 18, 2021


Primary Location
Biomedical Research Imaging Center

Study Qualifications

Gender Any

Age Range 18 - 19 years

Participant qualification(s) • 18-19 years old • Enrolled in a college degree program

Not eligible if: • Left-handedness • Neurological, psychiatric, or drug use disorders • Regular use of psychoactive medications or illicit drugs • Metal in your body that cannot be removed

Number of Visits

    » 1 In person visit(s)

    2-hr Visit will consist of screening, questionnaires, and an MRI scan.

    » 5 Remote visit(s)

    1 phone screening (~10 minutes), 4 online surveys (~1 hr)

Participation Period

3 years (5-6 hours total)


$50 and a picture of your brain following the in-person visit and completion of one set of online surveys. 15 for completing each of the three additional follow-up surveys. Drawing to win a $50 gift card for survey completion.

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