The Rockland Sample II: Community Lifespan Study

The NKI Rockland Sample II continues the NKI-RS legacy to build an open-science neuroimaging resource with detailed measurement across many different aspects of brain function, mood, health and behavior across the lifespan.  In addition, this new study incorporates recent technologies and approaches aimed to advance the study of brain-behavior and health relationships. The study includes: 1) MRI and EEG combined with sensors that measure muscle movement, breathing and heart rate, eye movements, and skin responses while watching movies and completing memory and thinking tasks. 2) Information is also collected using smartphones and wearables (an activity watch, like a FitBit) in your everyday life between the two study visits, and 3) enhanced measurements of cardiovascular fitness and overall health. This study is recruiting 600 people from the community, across the lifespan (aged 9-75). The goals of the study are to create and share information that will help researchers around the world understand how people’s brains and behaviors change from childhood to late adulthood and how these changes are related to their mental and physical health.  We believe that by combining these different kinds of information, we can better understand healthy brain development and aging. We hope that the knowledge gained will help people get healthy and stay healthy.

The NKI Rockland Sample II study is funded by the US National Institutes of Health (grant number here) and the NY State Office of Mental Health.

Location and scheduling

The research program takes place at the Nathan Kline Institute (NKI) in Orangeburg, NY, which is easily accessible by car or municipal bus routes. The study has two visits, approximately 4 to 6 weeks apart. Participants will be sent surveys that can be completed online using computer or a mobile device before the first study visit. After the first study visit, participants will be asked to wear an actigraphy watch for the 4 to 6 weeks between the two study visits and will complete short surveys at home using a mobile device.

Participants’ activities

The studies include brain MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and EEG (electroencephalography). We also collect measures of health, behavior, mood, memory and thinking ability, as well as everyday information (e.g. sleep, activity, diet). 

Participants’ results

Adults will receive a copy of their blood work results and their MRI, if requested. Our clinical research team is available to discuss results from other study procedures and provide personalized feedback upon request.


Participants’ confidential health information is protected by a Certificate of Confidentiality from the US Government. Scientific results that are shared with qualified research scientists will not include any personal identifying information.


Payment for participation is up to $350 for completion of all study procedures. Snacks are provided.


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If you are interested in participating in the Initiative, please call (845) 398-2183 or fill out a contact form here.