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Participants are sought for a study investigating brain activity during silent reading of written stories.


Ethics Ref: 16248


Your task is to silently read 80 short stories and answer comprehension questions based on these stories. Your brain activity (measured by haemodynamic responses in the brain) will be recorded using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). There are no known risks or side effects from fMRI scanning. We will provide detailed information regarding the scanning procedure and potential discomfort it may induce before you taking part. Your eye movements during reading will also be recorded with an eye-tracker.


The study typically takes 1.5 hours. You will receive monetary compensation or course credits for your participation.



Please note that due to the nature of the study:

•             You must be a native speaker of English (English as first language, mother tongue);

•             You must NOT have any language or learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia);

•             You must NOT have a history of neurological or psychiatric disorders;

•             You must NOT have any metal in your body or contraindications (this will be checked by the experimenter before you take part).

•             You must NOT wear eyeliner or mascara on the day of the experiment;

•             You must NOT wear contact lenses or glasses for reading;

•             You must be right-handed.

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