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Enhancing Cognitive Training Using tDCS

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
The University of New South Wales Identifier:
First received: April 7, 2011
Last updated: April 23, 2013
Last verified: September 2010
Cognitive rehabilitation involves enhancing an individual's capacity to process information to improve their everyday functioning. One common form of intervention is computerised cognitive training (CT); however, efficacy results have been mixed. This research aims to investigate a novel method for enhancing outcomes from CT through combining CT with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive and painless form of brain stimulation. In this study we aim to determine the efficacy of this approach through comparing in a randomized controlled study tDCS combined with CT versus CT and tDCS alone in healthy participants. We hypothesise that tDCS combined with CT will have greater generalisability effects than the other conditions.

Condition Intervention Phase
Procedure: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Basic Science

Further study details as provided by The University of New South Wales:

Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: April 2013
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: tDCS and cognitive training Procedure: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants will be healthy right-handed subjects aged 18 to 40

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Concurrent medication likely to affect mental performance
  • History of drug or alcohol abuse or dependence current or in the last 3 months
  • Any psychiatric or neurological disorder, recent head injury, or history of seizure or stroke
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01333306

Australia, New South Wales
Black Dog Institute Building
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2031
Sponsors and Collaborators
The University of New South Wales
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of New South Wales Identifier: NCT01333306     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10269
Study First Received: April 7, 2011
Last Updated: April 23, 2013

Keywords provided by The University of New South Wales:
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