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We are looking for volunteers for a study investigating how the brain is organised, and how it performs skills such as thinking and motor planning.

The study involves TMS, a technique that allows us to stimulate the brain by rapid switching of a magnetic field in a coil placed over the head. Participants may experience some discomfort during TMS. By using TMS in combination with MRI we hope to find out different brain regions contributing to decision making and learning. This study includes two visits to Oxford Centre for Brain Activity (OHBA) at the Warneford Hospital.

Part 1 involves a series of pen-and-paper and computerised cognitive tasks (2 hours) and a series of structural MRI scans (1 hour). Part 2 involves brain stimulation with TMS while at rest or while performing a computerised task. We are looking for participants between 18 and 45 years old, right handed, with no history of fainting, or mental illness and no experience of epilepsy. Volunteers will be reimbursed for their time taken in all sessions.

For further information, please contact: alberto.lazari@univ.ox.ac.uk

Research Ethics Project Number: R29477/RE005