The Kareken Lab, led by David A. Kareken, PhD, uses neuroimaging to understand the human brain’s reward system in studies of alcoholism and obesity. The alcohol research conducted in this laboratory is funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Neuropsychology Alcohol Studies Lab
Participate in a Study
The Kareken lab is seeking participants who drink alcohol and are between the ages of 21 and 45. Compensation for lab studies ranges between $150 and $575. Interested candidates are encouraged to sign up to participate in a Kareken lab study. Additionally, applicants can create a volunteer profile with All IN for Health to learn more about health research opportunities throughout the state.
fMRI Study of Family History and Mental State Transitions
Following an in-person screening, this study requires a six-and-a-half-hour visit to the Neuroscience Center at Goodman Hall in downtown Indianapolis. Participants will undergo cognitive testing, as well as an fMRI scan during which they will taste different liquid beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), work on a task, and rest. This study may take place Monday through Friday during normal business hours, and participants in this study are compensated up to $325.
Faculty Research Team
David A. Kareken, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Mario Dzemidzic, PhD, MS
Associate Research Professor of Neurology
Additional Research Team Members
Other research team members include Jonathan Alessi, Keegan Sawin, Hannah Marotta and Olivia Haraway.