Take part

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Adult Volunteers – How to take part:

Get involved in cutting-edge research looking at the most complex computer in the Universe –  your brain!

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit is one of the world’s leading centres of research looking at the brain’s phenomenal capacities in language, memory, perception, reasoning and creativity. We also study the effects of brain injuries and mood disorders, looking for new ways to help people regain function.

Our research is dependent on keen volunteers who contribute to our studies by completing computerised experiments and taking part in various types of brain scanning studies in our Unit near to the centre of Cambridge.  Increasingly we also use on-line tasks that you can complete at home. We are always in need of new volunteers, aged 16+ and are able to compensate you financially for your time.

To register as a new volunteer click on the link at the top right of this screen.

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We look forward to welcoming new members.

Existing volunteers sign in here

Current Volunteers – Sign in here:

If you are an existing adult volunteer then you can use the link to the right to quickly sign in to your account and check for available studies.

Volunteers with Depression

If you experience depression and would like to volunteer to participate in our research, please click here.

CBU Newsletter

The CBU Newsletter is produced annually for panel members and visitors to the Unit. It includes articles and information on the results of our research work, to which members of the Panel have contributed, and introduces new teams of researchers and their projects.


More Information about the Unit

This website gives a wide range information about our website. Information about research carried out at the Unit and the history of the Unit may be of particular interest.


Contacts & Directions

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via our main contact details and directions, or by e-mail to
panel.office@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk, or by telephone to (01223) 505610.