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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Exercise and Study for Healthy Women (ExGen Study)

General information

This study investigates the effects of aerobic exercise among women aged 21-50 without trauma exposure or mental health concerns. Aerobic exercise is thought to enhance certain cognitive abilities, and we are interested in better understanding how aerobic exercise affects various learning processes, along with fear and anxiety responses.

Who can participate?

You may be eligible for participation if you were assigned female sex at birth and are between the ages of 21-50 years old, have no history of trauma exposure, are currently medically healthy, are currently free of mental health concerns, and are able to understand and speak English.

You may NOT participate if you have a history of: trauma exposure, exercise-induced medical concerns, brain damage, seizures, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) or other developmental delays, have a serious and unstable medical condition, or if you are currently pregnant.

What would my participation involve?

Participation in this study involves 4 total visits, one remote visit and 3 visits to the Department of Psychiatry at UW-Madison. The remote visit will include a confidential interview with a trained interviewer and questionnaires about mood and behavior. The remaining visits will occur on three consecutive days. At these visits, participants will complete a distraction task and on the second in-person visit will also complete 30 minutes of aerobic exercise and two blood draws.

Participants can earn up to $150 over multiple visits for involvement in this study. 

If you are interested in participating please email cislerlab@psychiatry.wisc.edu!