Brain Stimulation and Memory Study

Rationale: 

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.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) sounds a little bit intimidating, but in reality it is safe and non-invasive.  Participants feel a small tingle and effects dissipate in 30-40 minutes.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) sounds a little bit intimidating, but in reality it is safe and non-invasive.  Participants feel a small tingle and effects dissipate in 30-40 minutes.

Details:

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.  Ages for both groups will be between 18-30, and more details about inclusion criteria will be provided soon.  All participation will be compensated, as will cost of travel and parking.

Compensation:

Who will be a good fit for the study?

Recruitment will begin in November. 

In the meantime, please contact us with any questions.