Neuropsychology Alcohol Studies Lab

Dr. Kareken’s lab uses neuroimaging to understand the human brain’s reward system in studies of alcoholism and obesity. Our alcohol research is funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Active Research

fMRI study of taste and alcohol use

This study takes place over two days. On the first day, participants undergo an MRI while tasting both still and sweetened water. On a separate day, participants are able to give themselves alcohol as delivered intravenously through a vein in the arm. The study and prerequisite in-person screening take place at Goodman Hall and University Hospital and are conducted Monday through Friday. Participants in this study receive up to $325 and have the opportunity for additional payment during the study visit.

PET study of alcohol

In addition to an in-person screening, this study requires an overnight stay at University Hospital’s Clinical Research Center. On the first day, subjects briefly experience intravenously administered alcohol and have two PET scans at Goodman Hall while they perform a task. Depending on task performance, subjects may then have the opportunity to give themselves intravenous alcohol following the PET scans. Subjects then spend the night at University Hospital and are discharged at 7 am the following day. This study is conducted primarily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Participants in this study receive up to $400 and have the opportunity for additional payment during the study visit.

Faculty Research Team

David A. Kareken, PhD

David A. Kareken, PhD

Professor of Neurology
Mario Dzemidzic, PhD

Mario Dzemidzic, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Neurology

Additional Research Team Members

Other research team members include Sarine Janetsian-Fritz, PhD, Shreya Patel, Makayla Picklesimer and Yitong Shen.