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How to Volunteer

YNiC needs volunteers for studies using both MRI, MEG and TMS experiments. If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the centre, please contact YNiC reception on 01904 435346 or email: reception@ynic.york.ac.uk . Alternatively, if after reading the 'Information for Volunteers and Participants' section below you decide that you would like to put your name down as a volunteer, please register your details with us by filling in a Participant Registration form. Please return completed forms to the address below:

York Neuroimaging Centre
The Biocentre
York Science Park
YO10 5NY

(Please note that we are unable to accept Participant Registration forms by email)

By filling in this form you will receive recruitment emails whenever studies are looking for participants. Receipt of these recruitment emails places you under no obligation to participate in any of the studies.

Many studies offer remuneration, or research credits, to their participants. In particular, participating in studies at YNiC will count towards the course requirements of 1st and 2nd year students in the Department of Psychology.

If you are interesting in taking part in other psychology experiments, please see the Department of Psychology's website: http://www.york.ac.uk/psychology/experiments/

Information for Volunteers and Participants

The MEG and MRI participant leaflets provide information about the techniques, how to prepare for the scans and what happens when you come to YNiC for a recording.

If you have not been a participant before, you will need to complete several forms before you are scanned. These will be explained to you on arrival and you will be given plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

A collated version of these forms is available here

If you have downloaded these and filled them in before you arrive, please submit these to the primary investigator (person who is running the study) or the YNiC office prior to / upon arrival. Some of these forms should be printed as a two sided document. If you do not have access to a two sided printer you need only print the first page of each document.

The YNiC safety and consent forms have been combined into a single document which is available here.

The Safety Questionnaire section must be filled in by a participant, user or visitor who is to enter the scan room in either MRI or MEG. This screening exercise is our last line of defence against the participant, user or visitor being injured within our scanners. It is essential that the person who is to enter the scanner room understands the questions and is given time to ask their own questions.

The General Consent Section contains statements that the participant has agreed to their scans being used for research and that they agree to their GP being notified if an anomaly is found. It is YNiC policy that if a participant states that they do not wish their GP to be informed, then they cannot be scanned at YNiC. If we were to do this it would put us in a difficult ethical position if an anomaly was then found during a scan.

The Scan Consent Section must be signed every time a participant is scanned. The operator must take the participant through the questions and obtain clear answers. The participant must be allowed to ask their own questions. There is no need to fill in a whole new form for every scan session. The forms are kept on file and can be updated with a new set of signatures for each session. For this reason, if possible this form should be printed double sided. If the participant changes their answers then a new form must be completed.