Eligibility: Previously participated in 'The Emotional Well-being Project'. 

This study aims to identify the psychological and brain factors that contribute towards resilience over a 10-year and 12-year follow-up period. We also aim to determine the role of genetics and environment in altering these pathways over time. By studying identical and non-identical twins, we will be able to understand more complex questions about these processes, including the factors that may protect someone from becoming mentally ill, even if they have been exposed to significant stress.

This longitudinal study has been running for approximately 10 years. To find out the latest results from this study please view a brief summary report from the researchers HERE

What is involved?

This study involves 3 parts. Participation in each part is voluntary.

  1. An online questionnaire and some web-based tasks, which will take approximately 1½ to 2 hours to complete. These tasks will measures things such as your physical and mental health, general life experiences, mood, personality, coping styles, emotional awareness and cognitive abilities (e.g., memory, attention)

  2. If you participated in the MRI component 10 years ago AND meet the MRI safety criteria, you will be asked to come into NeuRA at Randwick and complete a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scan.

  3. Up to 2 years later, you will be re-contacted and asked to repeat the online questionnaires and web-based tasks, again in your own time.

It is estimated that your attendance for data collection for the initial session will take no longer than 1 hour and 15 minutes. The second component of the study will be 7 days of wearing the device during your usual daily activity at home. You may op-out of any component. 

Who is eligible?

This study is open to twins who previously took part in the earlier study called ‘The Emotional Well-being Project’ approximately 10 years ago at the Brain Dynamics Centre in Westmead Hospital.

Would you like to get involved?

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MRI eligible: Participants who participated in the MRI component 10 years ago should have received a study invitation in 2019. 

Online only eligible: For participants who only participated in the online questionnaire 10 years ago should have received a study invitation in 2020. 

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