Cognitive Training for Emotion Regulation (N-ACT)

When I am upset, I often act without thinking.

I react impulsively to my feelings.

When I feel down, sad, or depressed, I often think: “Why can’t I get going? Why do I always react this way?”

Do any of these things describe you? If so, you may be interested in our research study at the University of California, Berkeley. The goal of our study is to test a new “brain training” program that involves using computer-based tasks to practice certain mental skills related to emotional processing. We want to see whether this program is helpful for people who have problems controlling their emotions – that is, people who, when they feel emotional, often say or do things they later regret or fixate on their problems and negative feelings in an unproductive way.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • 18-65 years old
  • A California resident
  • Fluent in English

The study involves up to 3 assessments, including in-person and remote components, while you complete the training program, which involves 8 training sessions over 4.5 to 7 months with a coach from our research team. We will pay you up to $220 if you finish the study. You will also have access to our training program at no cost.

Interested in learning more? Please take our short survey to find out if our study is a good fit for you:

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