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Are emotions important to the psychological effects of alopecia areata?

Brief Description:  Studies have shown that different parts of the brain react to different emotions. For example, seeing a happy face will affect one part of the brain and seeing a scared face will affect another part of the brain. The object of this study is to scan the brain (using functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI) and find out more about the way people respond to pictures of happy faces, scared faces or disgusted faces as well as colour photographs of pictures which you might make you feel different emotions.

This is important because studies have shown that patients with skin and hair conditions are affected by the way other people react to their skin. For example, if people react to patients with skin conditions in a scared or disgusted way it can affect the way these patients feel about themselves (self-esteem and mood).

The Study will involve: 

  • A telephone call to check you are suitable for the study
  • An online survey of simple questions
  • A brain scan where you will be shown different pictures. This will take about 45-60 minutes
  • Computer tasks taking around 30 minutes
  • Compensation is available for time and inconvenience


Participant information: You can take part in this study if you are

  • A Healthy Volunteer with no history of skin disease
  • A patient with alopecia areata (aged 18-50 years)
  • Right-handed

For more information about this study please follow these links


Locations: Salford Royal Hospital and The Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility 

How to take part: To take part in this study, contact the research team by telephone or email

Dr E Mullings (0161-275-7432), Dr M Harries (0161-206 1012), or email matthew.harries@srft.nhs.uk

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