Children's Hospital Colorado

Neurocognitive Targets of Hostile Interpretation Bias Training to Treat Irritability

August 26, 2022
Currently in mental health treatment
13-17 years
COMIRB number


We are seeking teen volunteers and their caregivers for research on computer training to help with mood. This study plans to learn more about Interpretation Bias Training (IBT) in adolescents who are seeking outpatient mental health treatment. It uses a computer to show adolescents with irritability pictures of face emotions. The goal of this study is to test whether the training program that targets hostile emotional responses will be successful at treating irritability.

Your child may be eligible if:

  • Between the ages of 13 and 17 years
  • No serious medical issues
  • Currently in mental health treatment

Main Procedures Involved:

  • Participate in two study visits and an online assessment
  • Complete interviews, forms, and one 25-minute session of emotion training
  • Some may train with brain imagining in a magnetic resonance imager (MRI)

Duration of Participation

The entire time required for the study is up to six hours over two study visits and an online assessment that is completed remotely after the computer training. All study procedures occur within a two-week period at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Contact us

Please contact the research study team at 720-777-5702 or if you are interested and want to hear more about the study.