Macromolecules and GABA in Children (MAGIC)


The research team is trying to determine the relationship between levels of brain chemicals (such as GABA) and development in children.

Participation involves a visit to the Alberta Children’s Hospital:
* Your child will play some simple computer games
* We will take pictures of your child’s brain using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) while watching a movie of your choice
* You will be asked some questions about your child


Currently recruiting participants: Yes

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Eligible ages: 7 to 17

Accepts healthy participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria:

We are recruiting healthy, typically developing children aged 7-17 years.

Exclusion criteria:

Children are not eligible to participate if:
1) they are unable to read and understand English
2) they have any contraindications to MRI (e.g. non-removeable braces or retainers, metal implants in the body, pregnancy, claustrophobia, inability to lie still)
3) they have had a concussion in the last 3 months
4) they have a medical or developmental disorder (such as psychosis, schizophrenia, autism, ADHD, epilepsy, migraine)


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If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Dr. Tiffany Bell at or visit

Principal investigator:

Ashley Harris

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