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Uncovering differences in persistence and flexibility

Researchers at the Department of Experimental Psychology are seeking volunteers for a study aimed to uncover differences in persistence and flexibility within goal-directed contexts.


Why is this important?

Deciding when to persist and when to adjust behaviour are core features of goal pursuit. Yet, little is known about the cognitive interplay between these two processes. This study is about uncovering differences in persistence and flexibility within goal-directed contexts.


Can I take part?

We are seeking participants between 18 to 35 years of age, with normal or corrected to normal vision and no history of neurological or psychiatric illness.


What will happen?

In this study, you will perform a cognitive task, while we record your brain activity using electroencephalography, and fill in some questionnaires about reward sensitivity. This will take place in a single session of 3-4 hours at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, OX3 7JX).


What’s in it for me?

In addition to helping humanity understand the cognitive basis of these processes, you will be compensated for your time.


How do I get involved?

This study is being run until March 2018. To schedule a time or find out more, please email Sam Hall-McMaster at


Research Ethics Project Number: R49616/RE001