Participate in a Study
There are many opportunities in the lab to participate in behavioral and brain imaging studies. Behavioral studies typically last between 30 minutes and 2 hours and involve using a computer to perform memory tasks. Participants are presented with stimuli and are asked to perform simple cognitive tasks (e.g., they may be asked to determine/learn a rule that governs classification of the stimuli, or they may be asked to maintain the stimuli in short-term memory). Brain imaging studies typically last between 1 and 3 hours. Participants lie on an MR table within the magnet while structural and functional images are collected. Structural images provide detailed pictures of the brain's shape and size. Functional images allow researchers to visualize and map the parts of the brain used to perform simple cognitive tasks.

Sign up to Participate in a Behavioral or Brain Imaging Study
We are looking for volunteers who are 18-35. Because our studies focus on memory and language, volunteers must be native English speakers.
If interested, please send an email to wagner-lab-manager at

Heatlhy Aging Brain Study

We are looking for healthy volunteers to participate in a broad, multidisciplinary research study of aging and the brain. The study involves brain imaging (MRI), genetic testing, memory testing, and the analysis of proteins in the blood and spinal ­fluid. Our goal for this research is to develop biological markers to aid in the better understanding, early detection, and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. If you’re interested in volunteering for the study, please contact us directly by emailing us at agingstudy at or call us at (650) 498 0444. More information here.

Behavioral studies take place at Jordan Hall (Building 420) on the Stanford University campus (directions to Jordan).
Brain imaging studies take place at the Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging (CNI), located in the basement of Jordan Hall.