• FREE 8-week app based stress management training + support sticking with it

    FREE personalised 8-week exercise program + support sticking with it

    FREE 8-week Monash Sports Gym membership

    Access to Garmin sports watch

    Picture of your MRI brain scan

    Financial compensation for your time and effort

    About the program

    About Conquering Compulsivity:

    The Conquering Compulsions program is a great opportunity to get your mind and body in shape and get on top of unhelpful habits. A ‘compulsion’ is a bit like a strong habit. It’s something we do again and again, and have trouble not doing even though it’s not helping us. Lots of people have compulsive behaviours, as many as 80% of us. This research program is focusing on mild everyday kind of compulsions, and investigating whether exercising regularly and reducing our stress levels can change activity in brain circuits that drive compulsions, and reduce how often we feel the need to engage in them.​

    Who can join?

    We’re looking for volunteers who:

    • are aged 18 - 40 years

    • want to take part in an 8-week exercise and stress management training program

    • have access to a smart phone or tablet

    • have a compulsion, or strong habit, they’d like to reduce in one or more of the following areas:

    • drinking alcohol
    • eating
    • washing or cleaning
    • checking
    • ordering or arranging objects

    What's involved?

    Participation will involve:

    • commitment to the 8-week exercise and stress-management program

    • completing questionnaires and cognitive activities

    • completing 2-3 fitness tests

    • having 2-3 MRI brain scans

    • providing occasional saliva samples

    Get started

    To find out if this is the right study for you, we need to ask a few questions about your lifestyle and habits. Your answers are strictly confidential and you will not be asked to provide your name or any identifying information until the end.
    The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

    Click HERE to begin


    Do you have questions about the program?

    Further details about the program will be provided after completing the questions in the link above. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact our research team.

    Phone: 03 9902 4997

    Email 2: Lucy.Albertella@monash.edu

    Email 2: Lauren.Denouden@monash.edu

    This study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC): Project Number: 2016-0437-507