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Neural Circuitry of Parenting: Neuroimaging Studies of Cocaine-Abusing Mothers

  • Study HIC#:0903004833
  • Last Updated:03/10/2020

We have two studies that are designed to understand more about motherhood and being a mom. In the first study, women will attend four visits during pregnancy and the postpartum period, where they will complete computer-based tasks, questionnaires, EEG (to measure brain activity) and a play session with their child. The second study follows a similar design, but is for mothers with infants under 1 year to also participate in four visits, one of which includes fMRI. During the EEG and fMRI studies, participants will see infant faces and listen to infant cries.

  • GenderFemale only
  • Start Date03/16/2009
  • End Date03/31/2021

Trial Purpose and Description

We have two studies that are designed to understand more about motherhood and being a mom. In the first study, women will attend four visits during pregnancy and the postpartum period, where they will complete computer-based tasks, questionnaires, EEG (to measure brain activity) and a play session with their child. The second study follows a similar design, but is for mothers with infants under 1 year to also participate in four visits, one of which includes fMRI. During the EEG and fMRI studies, participants will see infant faces and listen to infant cries.

Eligibility Criteria

English-speaking women who are pregnant and/or have infants under the age of 1 year.

Sub-Investigators

  • James McPartland
  • Katarzyna Chawarska

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