Aarhus Brain Project

Aarhus Brain Project examines the interaction between our brain, body and mental health. More specifically, we want to examine the links between how well people make decisions, how well they know themselves, and what happens inside their body (for example, their heart rate or breathing movements). These studies will provide us with important knowledge about how the brain and body interact and affect our psychological well-being. In the future, we hope to be able to use this knowledge to better diagnose and treat mental illness.

You can read more about the project here . If you would like to participate in the project, you must answer a short questionnaire so that we can find out if you are qualified to participate. There will be more information on the page.

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FAQ

Where does the experiment take place?

The study takes place at Aarhus University Hospital ward J. You must show up at the hospital at entrance J and you will be picked up by a research assistant. You can see it on a map here .

What does the study involve?

Aarhus Brain Project examines the interaction between our brain, body and mental health. This project will give us important knowledge about how the brain and body interact and affect our psychological well-being. In the future, we hope to be able to use this knowledge to better diagnose and treat mental illness.

If you choose to participate, we will ask you to visit Aarhus University Hospital, where you will have one brain scan (MRI), complete some cognitive tests on a computer and give a blood sample. You can read more about the project here.


Why do you collect so much data?

We want to explore the links between how well people make decisions, how well they know themselves, and what is happening inside their body (for example, their heart rate or breathing movements). With the hope of this project in the future enabling us to better diagnose and treat mental illness, it is necessary to collect a lot of data that will give us a rich understanding of how the body and brain interact and affect mental health. It is necessary to collect as much data as possible to research this link and create an understanding of how it happens in as many people as possible.


Is my data being shared?

Anonymous data from the project's brain scan, cognitive tasks and physiological measurements can be used for other, future research projects in addition to this project. These future projects may explore topics unrelated to the purpose of this project. We will provide access to the above data, including brain scan data, to the public via the Internet and a fully open database. This will be the first Danish brain-body biobank and it will help future researchers to ask new questions and brain, body and mental health.

Blood data, personal information such as your CPR number, name, contact information and psychiatric questionnaire responses will never be shared in this way.

Will my data be anonymized?

Yes, it will. In our best belief, the data we share with other researchers or the public will not contain information that can identify you. The data we share with other researchers or the public will therefore include a code number instead of your name. The data also does not include information such as your facial features or the date you attended that could allow people who know your identity to guess what data is yours.