Donate Your Brainwaves to Science!

"The most unusual day at school for me was when I had my brainwaves measured. At the end of the day I was really tired, but I still would want to do it again because it was fun!"

"One day I went to get my brainwaves measured. It was the most scientific things I ever did. It was cool!"

- Excerpts from two school reports written by children who participated in the Brainwaves Research Project

Did you know that your brain is still growing?

The Brain

To find out how changes in brain structure affect your thinking skills, we are conducting a science project to learn more about how youths and teens are able to do more complex problem solving tasks as they get older. The goal of this research is to better understand the underlying mechanisms for the tremendous increase in thinking skills that occurs through middle childhood and into young adulthood.

To complete this project, we need your help!

The Brainwaves Research Project is still looking for kids and teenagers who would like to volunteer their time to participate in our study. There are 2 parts to the study.

The first part takes about 1½ hours and involves testing your problems solving skills using either paper and pencil tasks or verbal activities.

As we are only interested in age-group performance, we never report individual scores, and all of your information and results will remain anonymous and confidential.

During the second part we record your brain activity while you complete a series of computer "game" like activities requiring specific attention and decision-making processes. This part takes about 2 hours.

During this session the participant wears a EEG cap resembling a bathing cap with sensors placed all over the upper portion of the head. The picture on the left shows a youth wearing the EEG cap.

The brain activity is recorded on a computer using standard electroencephalographic (EEG) techniques. The picture on the right shows what your brainwaves might look like while completing the computer "game" like activities.

Wouldn't you like to see how your brainwaves look while you are thinking and problem solving?

The Wheres & Whens Info…

All activities will take place in the Human Development Lab at Colorado State University. We schedule visits to the lab at the times that will be most convenient for you and your family. Currently we are scheduling participants to come to the lab in the afternoons after school, early evenings or on Saturdays.

Most of the youths and teens have found that if they come to the lab with a friend, brother or sister it is a little more enjoyable because you can share the experience with someone else.

Your rewards for volunteering include…

Who to contact if you are interested in participating…

If you have any questions or want to schedule a time to participate, please feel free to contact us by:

Thank you for your time and consideration of our request for volunteers.

Patti Davies, Ph.D., OTR
Associate Professor
Colorado State University

Bill Gavin, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Colorado State University