Brain Stimulation and Memory Study
Memory is affected in early psychosis, and this impacts quality of life. Current medication treatments are not effective for improving memory. We are interested in developing new techniques that may inform novel approaches to treating this significant issue.
This study will use direct current brain stimulation (a non-invasive technique) to improve memory of individuals recently diagnosed with psychosis. We will also use functional-neuroimaging to determine mechanisms through which the stimulation may be acting. While we know this method can be effective, until now, the field has a limited understanding of what the precise mechanism of action in- an fMRI study will provide significant clarity and allow us to develop more precise and targeted treatments. The study will also be recruiting control participants from the community. All participation will be compensated, as will cost of travel and parking.
All participants will be compensated $30 per hour of their time.
Who will be a good fit for the study?
Eligible individuals for both groups are between ages 18 and 30 and do not have any of the following:
- Metal anywhere in the body such as metal plates, braces, implants, pacemakers.
- Piercings that cannot be removed.
- History of neurological conditions such as epilepsy.
- History of significant head injury with the loss of consciousness.
Individuals who have been recently diagnosed with a psychotic disorders, additional eligibility criteria include:
- Receiving the diagnosis within the last 5 years.
- No hospitalization in the last 8 weeks.
- No changes in medication in the last 6 weeks.
Please contact us with any questions and to see if you may be eligible.