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What is the purpose of the autobiographical memory and emotional states study?

In this study, we will explore how autobiographical memory, an important component of cognitive function, is related to thought and feeling states. As part of the AMES Study, volunteers are asked to complete a short writing task online in which they will be asked to provide information about specific past experiences or behaviors.


Are there any criteria that i must meet to qualify for the ames study?

Since the study will be conducted on the computer, participants will be required to have access to a computer with an internet connection. As our study instructions and surveys are in the English language, participants must be able to write and read in English.


What does participation in the aMES Study entail?

​Study participation requires completing a short set of survey questionnaires and engaging in an autobiographical writing task for 10 minutes. The study can be completed at any time and place in which the participant is able to limit distractions for an approximately 25-minute period to complete all aspects of the study


Does it cost anything to participate in the ames study?

No, participation is completely free and voluntary.


Will I get paid for participation in the ames study?

Yes, to thank you for your time and effort, we will send you a $5.00 gift card after the completion of the study.


What are the benefits of participating in the AMES Study?

By participating in the AMES study, you will help those of us in the Healthy Aging Lab and in the broader science community to better understand the connection between autobiographical writing regarding specific past events and experiences and certain mood states. Also, you may find that you learn something about yourself and how your memories are related to your mood through your participation in the AMES Study.


Are there risks in participating in the AMES study?

The AMES Study involves participation in a writing task and questionnaires online. There are no risks of participating with the exception that writing about your experiences or behaviors might elicit specific feelings you find distressing. You are free to avoid writing about any topic that might elicit a negative feeling. You are also free to discontinue participation in any component of the session or the session as a whole at any time.


Who should I contact to learn more?

If you would like to learn more about the AMES Study, please call us at 1-855-699-8722 (toll-free) or email us at healthyaginglab@usc.edu . Or, alternatively fill out the contact information below and we will contact you.