for people ages 12-16 (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Courtney Gallen, PhD (ucsf)



This project will evaluate the neuro-cognitive outcomes of a novel, adaptive attention training in a healthy adolescent population.


Aspects of cognitive control, such as attention and working memory, are critical for successful goal-directed behavior. Importantly, variability in cognitive control abilities can influence real-world functioning, such as scholastic success in children and adolescents. The primary goal of this project is to examine the outcomes of a novel, adaptive attention training that primarily targets aspects of sustained attention and secondarily targets delayed gratification in adolescents. As such, the investigators will validate the feasibility and efficacy of this novel training in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) study. Specifically, healthy adolescents (age 12-16 years old) will be recruited for a longitudinal experiment in which they are randomly assigned to the adaptive attention training group ('Engage') or one of two expectancy-matched control groups. Depending on the assigned group, participants will complete 1 hour (low-dose control group) or 15 hours ('Engage' and active control groups) of training as well as pre-, post- and follow-up assessments of cognitive, neural, and behavioral measures. We hypothesize that completion of 'Engage' training will result in enhancement of fronto-parietal control functions that underlie sustained attention and suppression of ventral-striatal reward impulses, ultimately improving these abilities in a healthy adolescent population.


Healthy Adolescents, Teen health, Teen development, Adolescent development, Memory, Attention, Reward processing, Adaptive Attention Training, Low-dose Adaptive Attention Training


You can join if…

Open to people ages 12-16

  • Healthy right-handed children, age 12-16 years old
  • No ADHD status (verified with the Vanderbilt ADHD Parent form)
  • Willing and able to undergo MRI and EEG procedures

You CAN'T join if...

  • Current psychotropic medications
  • Current diagnosis of any axis I psychiatric disorder
  • History of seizure disorder or seizure episodes over the last 2 years
  • Motor/perceptual handicap that prevents computer use


  • UCSF Neuroscape accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94158 United States

Lead Scientist at University of California Health

  • Courtney Gallen, PhD (ucsf)
    Assistant Researcher, Neurology, School of Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 16 research publications


accepting new patients
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University of California, San Francisco
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Expecting 60 study participants
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