The Neurodevelopment of Overcontrol and Anxiety (NOA) study is designed to help understand how the development of a characteristic of “overcontrol” is related to social relationships, moods, behaviors, and anxiety.

We are looking for children who are shy, obedient, perfectionistic, and sometimes self-critical and rigid in their ways of thinking and behaving.  If your child exhibits any of these traits and is 4-7 years old, you and your child may be eligible to participate in this research study.

We are also looking for 4-7 year old children who don’t show these characteristics and are healthy. If this is the case, you and your child might also be eligible.

What To Expect 

Parent participants will be interviewed and fill out questionnaires.  The child will complete activities both with a researcher and with the parent and will play computer games while having an EEG.  Then participants will be contacted in 12 months and again in 24 months to complete 2 follow-up sessions.


Participants will be compensated up to $250 for study participation ($100 for the first visit and $75 for each follow-up visit).

Please contact Berklea at (314) 273-5560 and with any questions or to sign up.  For more information about the study, check out our website!