Below are a series of frequently asked questions, please click the section you are curious about:
  • Participation
  • Institute Assessment
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
There is no pressure to take part and it is entirely up to you to participate. Once you sign up, you can change your mind at any time. You can withdraw entirely, or from one particular activity. Get in touch with our team who will talk through the options available to you and what they mean.

Not at all. We are hoping to conduct another follow-up in the future, but there is no obligation for you to take part.

No, we are not asking your parents to take part in this phase of the study.

Yes, if you only want to complete part of the study that is fine. All information gathered from you is valuable for our research goal.

This is okay, you can still take part in the follow up three study. After we receive your consent form we will send you the instructions for your home assessment, which you can still take part in, as it is completed online. If you live elsewhere in the UK, we can reimburse your travel costs should you choose to come for an institute visit.

The information we collect from you will be stored for use only by researchers from IMAGEN and their approved research colleagues. The research data we collect from you will be coded with a number which cannot be linked to you. All personal details are stored separately and securely and not available to those analysing the research data. All your information will be held confidentially and will only be used for research purposes.

To read more about Confidentiality visit the ‘Taking Part’ page to find out more.

At the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London site it can take up to 5 hours.

If you are not comfortable having your blood taken that is fine – all participation is voluntary. However it would be very beneficial for the study if you feel as if you can try. For more information on the blood sampling click on out “What’s Involved” page to find out more.

The MRI scanner uses a magnetic field to generate a picture of your brain. It does this by aligning the nuclei in your brain at the same time which enables us to produce an exact image of what your brain looks like. While you’re in the scanner we will ask you to lie nice and still. We will ask you to complete three tasks. One you simply watch a video and the other two are games that we will ask you to make responses to. We will measure how your brain responds to these tasks.

It is okay to have a contraceptive implant for the MRI scan however we would ask to check which brand it is so that we can confirm it is MR- Safe with our radiographers at the institute.

Occasionally, surgeons may insert metal as part of a procedure so if you have had an operation we will need to ensure that there is no metal in your body. In your consent form pack there will be a letter which asks for information about any operations you might have had. Please fill out this letter in as much detail as possible and sign it to give us permission to contact your hospital to retrieve the operation notes. Use the back of the form if you have had more than one operation. Once we receive your hospital notes we show them to our radiographers so they can check that it is safe for you to have an MRI scan. We will then contact you to book a time for your institute assessment.

If you tattoo is located on your upper torso or you did not get the tattoo in either Great Britain or Ireland you may experience discomfort during the scan however this is rare. Some tattoos contain ferrous metals which can become hot during the scan and cause the tattoo to distort; again this is extremely rare.

There are no damaging effects from having an MRI. MRI uses magnetic fields to produce pictures of your brain and measures the neuron activities in your brain. This does not hurt and does not involve radiation nor is it dangerous in any way.

The MRI scan will take approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. For more information about the MRI scan click here or contact us to talk to a member of the study team.