How does the brain process heat in young and elderly people?

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Aging is a life experience we all share. When we get older, many things change in our minds and bodies, including how we perceive different temperatures on our skin. In this study, we want to find out more about age-related changes in the perception of heat, and the role that some of our mental abilities play. We will study your brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This is a routine research method that is not dangerous, and uses a magnetic field (and no radiation) to make images of your brain.

What, where, when?

You would participate in two sessions, each taking between 90 and 120 minutes. During the first session, we would do different tests to assess your memory and other abilities, and you would fill out some standard psychological questionnaires. This session takes place in our lab at the University of Luxembourg (Campus Belval). In the second session, we would study your brain activity while you receive brief, partly unpleasant, heat stimuli to your arm. The second session takes place in the ZithaKlinik in Luxembourg City on Saturdays.

Eligibility criteria

You can take part if you…

  • are between 18-35 or 65+ years old
  • are in good health
  • do not suffer from chronic pain


  • You will be compensated with €40 for the test sessions
  • You will receive a CD with MRI-images of your brain
  • You get the chance of winning an €80 gift voucher from a prize draw
  • If wanted, we gladly give you feedback regarding your test results

Contact point

This study is led by Dr. Marian van der Meulen (Neuropsychologist) and Katharina Rischer (PhD student), both members of Professor Fernand Anton‘s research group.

If you wish to take part in the study, or receive more information about it, please send an email to

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The study is funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche (C16/BM/11266318/ACHE)

ERP: 17-057 ACHE / CNER: 201801/01