Investigating the Brain Correlates in OCD

Healthy controls needed for a study to investigate the brain correlates in obsessive-compulsive disorder

This research study is entitled, ‘Clarifying the Neural Basis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder—A Combined Functional, Structural and Diffusion MRI study’. This study seeks to understand the brain functions involved in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).


This is a two part study:

  1. You will be assessed using questionnaires and tasks to test for memory and attention (about 1.5 hours)
  2. . This can be done at NTU/NUH/IMH.

  3. You will undergo a safe and non-invasive MRI brain scan at NUS (about 1.5 to 2 hours), but you will only be in the scanner for up to 90 minutes
  • (1) and (2) can be conducted within one session or in separate sessions based on your schedule
  • You will be paid an inconvenience fee ($100) at the end of the study.

What is required?

  • Between 21 to 65 years of age
  • No history of neurological or psychiatric illness
  • No current medical illness
  • No history of alcohol or drug abuse
  • Pass a brief health screening questionnaire (10 minutes)
  • Women who may be/or are pregnant and/or breastfeeding are excluded

Please email for more information.

This research study is conducted by collaborating labs at Nanyang Technological University (The Clinical Brain Lab @ NTU Psychology), National University Health Systems (NUHS), and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). This study is funded by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. The study protocol is approved by the NHG (DSRB) and NTU Institutional Review Boards.

Ethics has been approved for this study (NHG DSRB Ref: 2013/01221; NTU IRB Ref: IRB-2013-11-010)