Participate in Research

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Thank you for your interest in our research studies on brain health. We are no longer actively recruiting for the LEARNit Study. 

 LEARNit (Lifestyle Enriching Activities for Research in Neuroscience, intervention trial).

The goal of this study is to examine the relationship between physical or mental activity and brain health.

This is a non-drug, behavioral clinical trial, funded by the National Institute of Health.

What does our study involve?

Eligible participants will participate in a 6-month, at-home, healthy living program involving either physical or mental activity.  Participants will visit USC’s Health Sciences Campus to complete physical testing, brain scans (MRI and PET), cognitive testing, blood draw, and questionnaires.  Potential volunteers include individuals 55-80 years of age who are able to walk without assistance and are willing to complete three study visits (about 10 hours over two separate days) at USC’s Health Sciences Campus over a 12-month period.

There are no charges for the study procedures, at-home visits, or materials.  Participants receive monetary compensation for their time.


Our lab uses several different research tools to study the brain. Your participation may include a number of tasks and procedures that help us to investigate how your brain is functioning, including cognitive tasks that assess memory and attention, surveys where you can report information about your cognitive and physical abilities, MRI, PET, and activity monitors that help us assess your health levels.


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