Our current studies
The SMILe Lab at the University of Utah is currently recruiting subjects for the following studies. Click below to see if you are eligible to participate.
We use surveys, games, and imaging technologies to explore how we respond to rewards. Our current studies focus on understanding how our day to day interactions can affect our health, how we behave, and how respond to reward.
Your brain contains networks which respond to all sorts of rewards — including social rewards like interacting with friends. We can study these networks by scanning you while you play games where you have a chance to win a reward.
We use functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) to examine the brain ‘at work’. If you ever wanted to see what your brain looked like, participating in research studies using fMRI is one way to get a candid look of your own gray matter.
Our studies are designed to help us understand how we process rewards and how we interact with others. We hope to use this information to help people with psychiatric illnesses recover and live happy and fulfilling lives.
The information posted on this site is consistent with the research reviewed and approved by the University of Utah Institutional Review Board (IRB). However, the IRB has not reviewed all material posted on this site. Contact the IRB if you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant. Also contact the IRB if you have questions, complaint, or concerns which you do not feel you can discuss with the investigator. The University of Utah IRB may be reached by phone at (801) 581‐3655 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.