The Salford Royal Hospital, The University of Manchester and The Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility are looking for volunteers to take part in a study into emotions and Alopecia Areata.
Alopecia and emotions
The aim of the study is to find out more about how emotions affect people with skin and hair loss conditions such as Alopecia. Although the cause of Alopecia is not known, it is classified as an autoimmune disorder and it is thought that stress and trauma can be a contributing factor.
Previous studies have found that different parts of the brain react to different emotions. For example, when study participants were shown a picture of a happy face and then a scared face, each picture affected a different part of the brain. In this study, a brain scan will reveal how different people’s brains respond to pictures of happy, scared and disgusted faces, as well as a variety of different photographs designed to elicit certain emotions.
In the past, research has shown that patients with skin and hair conditions are affected by the way other people react to their condition, so this study will help scientists to further understand how the way people react to skin conditions and hair loss affects self esteem and the mood of the sufferer.
Taking part in the study
Two groups of people to are required to take part in the study, which is being run in the Manchester area. Firstly, people who have Alopecia Areata (aged between 18 and 50) and secondly, healthy volunteers with no history of skin disease.
During the study volunteers will be required to complete a number of tasks, including:
- A telephone call to check you are suitable for the study.
- An online survey of simple questions.
- A visit to Manchester hospital, for a fMRI brain scan where you will be shown different pictures. This will take about 45-60 minutes.
- Computer tasks taking around 30 minutes.
The organisers have stated that £100 compensation is available for participants in the study, due to the time and travel expenses involved in taking part. If you are interested in finding out more, visit the Citizen Scientist website.
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