How does your imagination impact cognitive functions?


The purpose of this study is to determine how your imagination or inner experience can differentially impact your cognitive functions. You will be invited to an online study for two testing sessions. In each session, you will go through a thought exercise that guides you through certain types of thoughts. Following the exercise, you will perform a computer task that presents you with some stimuli, to which you have to respond. For example, you will be presented with words and asked to provide a word that is connected to what was presented, or asked to provide uncommon uses for common items presented in text form. These tasks measure certain types of cognitive functions, such as attention or memory.

During the study, we may ask you to report your ongoing experience, as well as attention and mood levels in your daily life. The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this research study.


Currently recruiting participants: No

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Eligible ages: 17 to 65

Accepts healthy participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria:

You are eligible to participate if you
1) are 17-65 years of age,
2) are free of neurological disorders (e.g. traumatic brain injury)
3) have normal range vision,
4) are able to read, write and speak English.


Sorry, this study is not currently accepting new participants.
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Additional information

Contact information

Julia Kam Email: Location: online study

Principal investigator:

Julia Kam

Clinical trial: