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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 general consent form. Please return completed forms at least 24 hours in advance of any scans to the address below:

York Neuroimaging Centre
The Biocentre
York Science Park
Heslington
York
YO10 5NY

(Please note that we are unable to accept 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.

The General Consent form 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 Session Safety form must be filled in by a participant, user or visitor who is to participate in an MRI, MEG or TMS experiment. This screening exercise is our last line of defence against the participant, user or visitor being injured. It is essential that the participant understands the questions and is given time to ask their own questions. An individual session safety form must be completed prior to every session undertaken by the participant. The operator must take the participant through the questions and obtain clear answers. The participant must be allowed to ask their own questions. The forms are digitally archived and kept on file, the original paper copy is destroyed.