Project Summary

IMAGEN combines brain imaging, genetics, and psychiatry to increase our understanding of adolescent development and human behaviour such as sensitivity to reward and punishment, impulsivity and emotional response.

Research teams from London, Nottingham, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Mannheim and Dresden have been following 2000 young people and their parents from the age of 14, with follow up assessments at age 16 and 19.

Data are collected from participants and their parents using the following methods:

  • Imaging of brain structure and brain activity
  • Cognitive and behavioural assessments
  • Self-report questionnaires using a number of psycho-social measures looking at factors such as relationships, feelings and personality.
  • Questionnaires related to drug and alcohol use
  • Blood sampling for genetic and biological analyses.

We are now about to begin our third follow up phase as participants begin to turn 22 years old.