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Kids Needed For Stanford/Packard Study On Development Of Sense Of Humor


STANFORD, Calif.
-- Children are needed to watch funny films for a study of humor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The researchers are examining how the neural pathways that encode the sense of humor develop in children’s brains.

The scientists need brother-sister pairs aged 6 to 12 to volunteer to watch short, funny film clips while having their brains scanned with magnetic resonance imaging. To participate, siblings must be no more than two-and-one-half years apart in age and must not have implanted metal, such as orthodontic braces. Participants will have one home visit from the researchers and make two visits to the Stanford campus for behavioral testing and brain scanning. The children will receive monetary compensation and pictures of their brains.

It is the first such study of how children's brains change as their sense of humor matures. As part of the project, the researchers are examining how gender and temperament affect the development of humor pathways in the brain.

Those who are interested in participating in the study can contact Michelle Neely at mnneely@stanford.edu or (650) 862-9127.

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About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its core, is an internationally recognized leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty from the routine to rare, for every child and pregnant woman. Together with our Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we deliver this innovative care and research through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to supporting our community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school nurse positions in local schools. Learn more about our full range of preeminent programs and network of care at stanfordchildrens.org, and on our Healthier, Happy Lives blog. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is the heart of Stanford Children’s Health, and is one of the nation’s top hospitals for the care of children and expectant mothers. For a decade, we have received the highest specialty rankings of any Northern California children’s hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals survey, and are the only hospital in Northern California to receive the national 2013 Leapfrog Group Top Children’s Hospital award for quality and patient care safety. Discover more at stanfordchildrens.org.

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