Brain Mapping Study

The Brain Mapping Study aims to understand the casual relationships between different brain regions or networks. The purpose of the study is to delineate the causal circuit map relevant for impairments in emotion regulation and executive function. We do this by looking at how activity in one region of the brain can directly inhibit or activate another region of the brain. This is done through the use of cutting-edge circuit-directed methods with spTMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation)/fMRI. Also, used in study appointments are functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephelography (EEG). The goal of this intervention study is to discover the relationship between brain measures, life experiences and potential symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. This study is an effort to find quantitative brain biomarkers for diagnosis and targeted treatment techniques.

What the study involves:

Clinical Psychological Assessments (Interview)

  • Behavioral tasks

  • Online surveys

  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) brain scan

  • fMRI + Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) brain scan

  • TMS + Electroencephalography (EEG)

Study Criteria:

  • Experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD OR not experiencing any psychiatric symptoms.

  • 18-60 years old

  • Right-handed

  • No current psychiatric medication

  • No seizure disorder

*Compensation is up to $535

Stanford Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

401 Quarry Rd

Palo Alto, CA 94304
P: 650-725-5736 

VA Palo Alto Health Care System

3801 Miranda Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94304
P: 650-852-3355