Many research groups at Western study cognitive functions like learning, memory, perception, attention and language in children and adults. These studies teach us how the brain works. They provide crucial information that may allow researchers to develop novel therapies for brain and mental disorders, as well as more sensitive tests so disorders can be identified and treated sooner.

Recruitment at the Brain and Mind involves attracting and selecting participants for various research studies in cognitive neuroscience. To increase community engagement, participants may be solicited by newspapers, email, posters, brochures, or by internet, radio or television announcements. In the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building on campus, recruitment posters can be found on bulletin boards located near the elevators.

OurBrainsCAN: Western University's Cognitive Neuroscience Research Registry

If you are interested in learning more about the studies taking place at Western University and possibly becoming a participant candidate, consider exploring OurBrainsCAN.

Volunteers are key partners in this research: without you, this essential work can not happen. The purpose of OurBrainsCAN is to establish a registry of potential participants for health-related research at Western University. Our brains can work together to understand how we learn, think, move and communicate in order to reduce the burden of brain disorders.

Digital Media & Emotion

We are currently looking for healthy adults between the age of 18 and 45 to participate in a study examining the impact of digital media (e.g., film, TV, videogames) on emotion and cognition. The study involves completing computerized tests and/or computerized tests while undergoing neuroimaging (fMRI). This study is being conducted at The Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, London Ontario.

For more information please contact Dr. Mitchell’s research office at