University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Seasonal Affective Disorder


Biology of the Winter Blues Study is NOW CLOSED

winter playground

Do you wish Summer lasted all year??
Do you HATE the Winter?!
Do you notice drastic changes in yourself from summer to winter??

If so, you may qualify to participate in a UVM research study investigating the Biology of the Winter Blues, or seasonal affective disorder.
We are seeking adults ages18-65 years old who are not currently in depression treatment (e.g., medications, psychotherapy).
Participation in this study involves an initial screening interview in the department of psychology at the University of Vermont.  Eligible participants will be assessed for one week in summer and one week in winter.  Your sleep quality would be assessed by having you keep a consistent sleep schedule of your choosing for one week, complete a daily sleep diary and wear a wrist monitor that measures activity and sleep levels.  Your circadian rhythm (i.e., body clock) would be measured with one evening of saliva sample collection in your home of 10 samples collected over a period of 5 hours, ending before your scheduled bedtime.  Prior to each week of study, we would ask you to attend a brief study visit to complete questionnaires, participate in a brief mood induction protocol, and obtain study instructions and supplies, as well as a brief follow-up meeting after the week of study to return the study materials.

Eligible participants will be compensated for the time and effort involved in the completion of at-home study procedures: $50 for each assessment week, up to $100 total for both assessments.

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