BRAIN Lab – Hybrid Response Inhibition: Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

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UBC BRAIN Lab hopes to better understand impulsivity differences between people with Bipolar Disorder (BD) and healthy individuals. Specifically, this study will look at

  1. The link between regions of brain activity and impulsivity
  2. A non-invasive intervention called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to help reduce the risk of impulsive behaviors.

This study will be the baseline for further exploration of impulsivity and inhibition as part of decision-making processes in BD individuals.

Study Description:

In over 5 visits (15.5-22 hours in total), you will:

  1. Have your brain activity measured using fMRI and EEG
  2. Answer questions about your background, health, mood, and behaviour
  3. Play decision making computer games
  4. Receive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Participant Eligibility:

  1. You are between 19 and 45 years old
  2. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
  3. Healthy (no major physical or psychiatric illness)
  4. Proficient in English


The research will be conducted at 3 UBC sites: the David Strangway research office, the Centre for Brain Health (MRI Centre – Fipke Neuroimaging Suite), and Detwiller Pavilion of UBC Hospital.


You will receive monetary compensation up to $100.

To participate: contact the BRAIN Lab via email: or phone: 604-827-4287.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Christian Schütz, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry