Thank you for your interest in being a participant in one of our studies. Below, you will find a general description of an MRI scan at the Solodkin/Small Brain Circuits Laboratory as well as information on whom to contact to become a participant.


If you are interested in volunteering for a research study and fit into one of the following categories, we would like to talk with you about being a participant in a study involving fMRI. The study will require some simple language and motor testing as well as one or more MRI scans.

Potential Research Participants:

  • Any person over 65 years old
  • Any person with a stroke and hand weakness
  • Any person with a stroke and language impairment
  • Any person with a stroke and a reading impairment
  • Any musician with a stroke
  • Any professional athlete with a stroke

A limited number of undergraduate and graduate students at The University of California, Irvine are also invited to participate as healthy control participants.


The MRI scan will take place in a Philips 3 Tesla magnet in the Research Imaging Center at the University of Califonia, Irvine. The scanning procedure is completely non-invasive, though it can be very noisy. Most likely, you will be asked to perform some simple task which will require some small hand/finger movement, listening, watching, imagining and or memorizing.

The pre-MRI segment of a study may involve learning some pre-determined task to perform while in the scanner and filling out some general personal information. The pre-MRI portion of the study takes approximately 30 minutes. The length of the MRI portion of the study can vary, but typically doesn’t last more than 90 minutes. For your own safety, you will not be allowed to wear any metallic objects during the scan. You will also be asked to wear contact lenses if needed – since most glasses contain metal. Because we want you to be as comfortable as possible, we suggest you wear loose and comfortable clothing. The scanning suite can be chilly at times, so it’s a good idea to dress in warmer clothing if possible.

At the end of each study, subjects will be compensated as agreed in the terms provided at the beginning.


Phone: (949) 824-1602