Probabilistic association learning



We are recruiting healthy adults between 18 and 45 years of age to take part in a study of the relationship among probabilistic association learning (a type of non-conscious learning), schizotypal personality traits (involving odd behaviours and/or beliefs in some people), striatal function (an area deep inside the brain shown to be important for this type of non-conscious learning) and genes important to striatal function.

All participants will be asked to complete (within two hours) three questionnaires, a computerized learning test, six brief “pencil and paper” cognitive tests and to provide a blood sample for genetic analysis. Some participants (based on their questionnaire scores) will be asked to come back to receive a functional magnetic resonance image scan of the brain.

Reimbursement of $20.00 per visit will be provided for your time and for out-of-pocket expenses.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please feel free to contact the research team.

Isabella Jacomb at 02 9399 1858, email

Dr Tom Weickert at 02 9399 1130, email:

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