Participants needed for MRI study! Do you speak more than one language? Want a high-definition image of your brain?


You are invited to take part in an MRI study, which investigates how learning and using a second language affects the brain. We are looking for both speakers of English as a second language who live in the UK (including learning both languages from birth), and native speakers of English (with little to no experience with a second language). Participants need to be right-handed and have no history of speech and/or language disorders including dyslexia. 

What do I have to do?

A single session that will take place in the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences,University of Reading. You will undergo a scanning session and complete a cognitive and (if you are a non-native speaker of English) an English proficiency task. You will also be asked to fill out a Language Background Questionnaire before the scanning day.

How long will it take?

The MRI scan lasts about 60 minutes, and the whole session will last about two hours.

You will receive a contribution payment of £20 towards travel expenses and/or compensation for your time spent with us. You will also receive a high-resolution anatomical image of your brain later, after your participation.

For more information, and to book your participation, please get in touch:

Vincent DeLuca (Vincent.deluca[at]


10 thoughts on “Participants needed for MRI study! Do you speak more than one language? Want a high-definition image of your brain?

  1. I was interested in taking part but I am left-handed. What is the reason that only right-handed participants are required please?


    • Hi Claudia,

      Thank you very much for your interest! You will find that a lot of studies looking at language in the brain recruit only right handed people. This is because language organisation in the brain is closely related to handedness, and the right-handed brain structure is much better understood (simply because there are more right-handers around!). This means that we normally avoid mixing left- and right-handers in our experimental designs.


      • I am bilingual, with French as my first language and English as my second language learned in early childhood. I am semi-fluent in Polish (learned in adulthood).

        However I am left-handed!

        Will you be conducting similar studies in the future; where a left-handed participant would be required?


  2. When is it taking place? I’d like to participate, but not before mid-August as I’m currently pregnant. I know that there shouldn’t be any risk, but would prefer not to.


    • Hello, and thank you for your message. The project is already underway, but there is always a chance that we might still need people in late August. So please do feel free to contact us again when you feel ready


  3. Hello my first language was German and long periods of my early years language acquisition were spent in a German environment (innsbruck, Austria) from school years onward my family returned to Scotland where English became my dominant language, but when at home alone with my Austrian mother we always continued to speak German. It was not until I reached secondary school that I had the chance to learn formal German grammar. I am very interested in this study because my own brains workings always amaze me when it switches without direction from one language to another! Would I be any help to your research program?
    I am right handed and not dyslexic


    • Dear Hildegard, Thank you very much for your interest. It does indeed sound like you are eligible for our study. Please get in touch with the researcher who conducts this study, Mr T Voits, via email (, and he will provide you with all the relaevant details.


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