Dr. Ione Fine at the University of Washington is looking for subjects for a study that examines the effects of blindness on the ability to process tactile and auditory processing. It is thought that because visual loss increases the need to rely on other senses, the ability of blind people to process auditory and tactile information may be enhanced. We are examining how this happens in the brain. If you choose to participate you will be asked to participate in MR experiments.
We will ask you to lie in an MR scanner while you make simple judgments about tactile and/or auditory stimuli. You may be asked to participate in as many as five MR imaging sessions (each session lasts up to 2 hours, and each session will be carried out on a different day). Participants will be paid $45/hour for imaging sessions. Subjects will also be fully compensated for travel time and door to door transportation will be provided.
Subjects participating in the MR experiments must have no metal objects in or on the body during the scan.
Currently we are only recruiting subjects who became blind (using the definition of having visual acuity of light perception or worse) before the age of three.
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Dr. Ione Fine at the phone number or email address below.
Eligibility: To participate you must be 18 years of age or older, should be blind due to damage to the eyes or optic nerve (not cortical impairment), should have no history of claustrophobia, and no metal objects in or on the body during the scan.
Contact Information: 206-685-6157
What is the expected financial compensation?
Because we compensate for travel time and time spent explaining the experiment, payment for a MR session is generally between $120-$200.
How do you deal with transport?
We use a door-to-door car service for transportation.