If you're reading this page, we can only assume you want to participate in one of our studies; this makes us very happy and is a great way for you to directly contribute to research in aging and cognition.
Here is a run-down of what you can expect when we get in touch with you. Typically, you will be asked to participate in an fMRI study. The person contacting you will either be a graduate student in the Grady lab or the research assistant - you can find out more about these people and their research interests here.
What We Ask You
You will be asked basic demographic information which is stored in a locked room and in password protected computers until the completion of the study when it is destroyed. If you are asked to participate in an fMRI study, you will also be asked about the following;
Safety Exclusion Criteria
These criteria exclude people due to safety concerns;if the following applies to you, you may still be eligible for a behavioural study.
How to Reach Us
Your contact will provide you with directions to Baycrest and will ask you whether you want a parking pass, or TTC reimbursement ($5.00). They will then tell you when and where to meet them. Directions can also be found here.
Please be punctual
The person contacting you will then give you an appointment time; please try to be punctual since each scan costs the lab approximately $1000 and tardiness can result in a lost scanning opportunity.
You will be asked to sign two copies of a consent form; please read it carefully and make sure you understand it. If you are unsure of something - please clarify it with the experimenter.
At the fMRI...
One of our technicians will make sure you are safe to enter the magnetic field; you will be shown to a change room where you will change into a hospital gown and pants and your belongings will be stowed in a secure locker.
You will be asked to wear earplugs (the scanner makes a loud knocking noise) and headphones so that the experimenter can communicate with you. You will then be asked to lie on your back make responses with a button in response to cues you will see on a screen.
Don't worry about remembering what to do, most of our researchers will run you through the experiment before you get into the scanner and will remind you periodically during the experiment.
After it's all Over
You will be asked to sign a receipt and will receive your compensation. Now is also the time the experimenter should explain what the study is all about and tell you what the expected results and significance is.
Should you have any concerns please feel free to contact Dr. Grady.
Research Assistant Volunteering
Periodically, one of our postdoctoral fellows may require a research assistant to help them with their current projects. Volunteering in this capacity is an excellent way to demonstrate commitment to research and will certainly look good on your resume.
If you are
Please contact the postdoctoral fellow you are interested in working with directly; their contact information can be found in the Lab Members section.
If it turns out the researcher you contacted does not need help at the time you apply - you may be offered a position with another researcher, or your record may be kept on file.