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What is participating in research like?

What is involved in the study?

We may invite youth to participate in simple computer games that measure behavior. We may also invite youth to have a brain scan to measure brain activity while youth play simple computer games.

Will I benefit?

Other than being paid for your time, you will not have any direct benefits from participating in research. 

Youth receive a mental health screening from a Boys Town clinician. We can refer youth to mental health services if needed. If youth complete a brain scan, a doctor will look at the scan and we will let you know if anything of medical concern is found.

What are the risks?

All of our studies are low-risk.  This means that the risks are no greater than risks from everyday activities like going to school or the doctor's office.

The MRI brain scan uses magnets, not x-rays or radiation, meaning it is very safe.

How much time does research take?

Youth may be invited to Boys Town National Research Hospital several times to complete a study. A parent or legal guardian needs to come each time (parents get paid for each visit).

Visits vary in length, but are usually one to three hours long.

We try to schedule visits at times that are most convenient for you.

Each visit is voluntary – anyone can stop participating in research at any time.  You never have to do anything you do not want to do.

Would you like to participate in research?