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CARE Study


Depression and mood related mental health conditions

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions, affecting more than 300 million people worldwide. Despite moderately effective treatments, around 30% of patients remain depressed after trying several types of treatment. This means that we need to understand more about depression in order be more informed about which treatments are likely to work.

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About the study

We are conducting a research study that will investigate the processes involved in learning and decision-making for people with depression, funded by an ESRC grant. We are looking for participants who are currently experiencing a depressive episode OR who are currently in remission from depression to take part in our research study looking at understanding attribution. 

What will the study involve?

This study involves an interview about mental health symptoms, questionnaires and playing two computerised tasks. 

The study involves two sessions:

  • Session one (interview & questionnaires) taking place at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience or via MS Teams. Session one will take around 1h and will determine your suitability for the study.

  • Session two (cognitive tasks) will take place at home, in your computer, and will take around 1h – 1h30.

You will be reimbursed £9 per hour in amazon vouchers for your time after completing the final visit. There is also the chance to win up to £3 extra in bonus payments based on task performance.

Who can participate?

You can participate if you are:

  • a) currently experiencing a depressive episode or period of low mood; or b) experienced a depressive episode in the past, but have had no symptoms for at least 3 months

  • aged 18-60

  • based in the UK

  • not taking any medication for mental health

  • not diagnosed with bipolar, psychosis, OCD or alcohol substance use disorder

  • you have no history of head trauma, neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions

What are the benefits of taking part?

You will be helping scientific research aimed at understanding the cognitive processes that are affected in depression. This is important to help inform our knowledge about which treatments are more likely to work. You will also be reimbursed for your time spent in the study.


Where can I get more information?

More detailed information can be found on our Participant Information Sheet.

We will also ask for your consent before your participation in our study, here is a sample Consent Form.

You can also get in touch regarding any questions at

How can I get involved?

If you're interested in participating, please email


Will my data be protected?

Our study is conducted in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. More information about your rights as a participant can be found here:


Study approved by NHS ethics number 10/H0716/5.

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