If you are interested in participating in our study, please call us at (313) 577-3403 or send an email with age, gender, and phone contact information to We will discuss the study further and determine eligibility over the phone.



We are seeking healthy adult participants. In order to be considered eligible, you must:

  • Be a native English speaker
  • Be right-handed
  • Be an adult between the ages of 18 and 90
  • Not have a significant diagnosed medical, neurological, or psychiatric illness
  • Not have any implanted metal or electric devices in the body (e.g., pacemaker)
  • Not have a history of brain damage



This study is being conducted at Wayne State University. The estimated number of study participants to be enrolled at Wayne State University is about 200.

In this research study, we will examine the course of normal aging in a period of two years and beyond. We will collect the data in three areas of interest: brain structure and function, vascular and metabolic health factors, and cognitive performance. The information about brain function and structure will be obtained from Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. The health factors will be determined by examining blood markers of heart health (e.g., cholesterol, glucose, vitamins B6 and B12, and homocysteine), physiological measures (e.g., blood pressure), and lifestyle exercise behaviors. Cognitive performance will be measured on a variety of tests administered either on a computer or in paper-and-pencil format.

The first session will consist of taking both paper and computer-based cognitive tests (approximately 3 hours), some bloodwork (less than 1 hour), and wearing an accelerometer on the wrist (7 days). The second session consists of an MRI scan (approximately 1 hour).

These time frames take into account preparations, consent forms and other paperwork, and short breaks. This is a longitudinal study, so participants will be asked to return to the lab for follow-ups.



Participants will be compensated at a competitive rate for participating in the MRI, cognitive, and bloodwork sessions.