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Do you want to learn more about your emotions? If you are between 18 and 80 years old, you may be able to take part in a research study to explore how your brain and body create emotions. 

The main purpose of The Emotion and Physiology in Context (EPIC) study is to better understand how brain function, physiology, and cognitive associations affect emotional experiences across the lifespan.



18- to 80-year-olds who want to participate in a brain imaging and physiology study. 


  • Virtual Session (~1 hour, Zoom):Participants will be asked to do cognitive tasks and complete surveys. 
  • Online survey (30 min; Virtual):Participants will be sent a link to do a survey at home. 
  • In-Lab Session (~2 hours; in-person):This session will take place at our lab space on UNC Chapel Hill's campus. Participants will be asked to complete a behavioral task, surveys and wear non-invasive physiological sensors on their body (i.e. ECG sensors). 
  • Remote Daily Surveys  (~1hr per day; virtual):Participants will complete several surveys a day for 7 days. 
  • Scan Session (3 hours; in person:This session will take place at the UNC Chapel Hill Biomedical Research Participants will be asked to wear non-invasive physiological sensors on their body (i.e. ECG sensors) and complete an MRI scan. 

During each session, participants will be answering questions about their physical and mental health, life experiences, emotions and cognitive associations. During the MRI scan, participants will be rating pictures. Some of the pictures may be upsetting. These pictures have been used in previous research studies; however, anyone with a severe phobia (i.e., extreme and uncontrollable fear of blood, spiders, snakes, corpses, weapons, and death) should consider not participating. 

You will be compensated for your study participation.

To determine your eligibility, please complete study screening questions here:

The screening questions should take 10-20 minutes to complete. It is important that you read each question carefully and answer as honestly as possible. Responses to the screening questions will be saved but will not be shared with anyone outside of our research team. If you have any questions or concerns, we can be reached by email atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adrienne Bonar(pronouns: she/her)
Graduate Student | Social Psychology Program
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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