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MEG study: How does your brain see and imagine scenes?

01 November 2019

We are looking for volunteers aged 18-35 to take part in a study investigating how we visually imagine different types of information. You will be asked to vividly imagine in your mind different objects to make a scene, as well as view different kinds of images, whilst we scan your brain using MEG (magnetoencephalography). This is a type of brain scan that measures what your brain is doing in a passive way – it is non-invasive and completely safe. Sessions are during the day on weekdays.


  • 18-35 years old.
  • Native English speaker – please do not apply if English is secondary language to another language due to the large verbal component of the experiment which requires English proficiency to be equal among participants.
  • Not currently epileptic.
  • Not pregnant.
  • Able to keep very still for a brain scan.
  • Finds imagining objects and scenes easy.
  • Happy to remove all piercings/jewellery, hair clips for the experiment.
  • Have NO metal implants AT ALL in your body (including no metal mouth retainers or wires, no copper IUD coil, no clips/pins/plates from surgery.
  • Do NOT need to wear glasses OR contacts to read a computer screen.
  • Registered with a UK-based GP.
  • Complete form: https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=63642

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Ethical approval

Ethical approval from UCL Ethics Committee (approval ID Number: 1825/005).

About the researcher

I am currently doing my PhD in Imagining Neuroscience, to better understand how the brain allows us to perceive and mentally generate scenes, as well as unfolding episodes that we can recall later on.

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