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Neuromodulation and Language Acquisition (Stage Ib)

This study has suspended participant recruitment.
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University Hospital Muenster Identifier:
First received: February 3, 2005
Last updated: June 23, 2010
Last verified: September 2006

February 3, 2005
June 23, 2010
January 2005
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Boost in language learning success (percent hits) through neuromodulation
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00102856 on Archive Site
Stability of language learning success after one week, one month, and one year
Same as current
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Neuromodulation and Language Acquisition (Stage Ib)
Neuromodulation and Language Acquisition (KS-Neuromod_01, Stage Ib)
The purpose of this study is to determine whether rivastigmine or pramipexol are effective in boosting semantic language acquisition in healthy subjects.
Our prior work shows that d-amphetamine and the dopamine precursor levodopa markedly improve word learning success in healthy subjects. In this randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial, we probe whether a selective d2/d3 dopamine agonist (pramipexole) or cholinergic neuromodulation (rivastigmine), after a titration period of five days, will yield a learning enhancement comparable to using levodopa in healthy subjects. The expected scientific results will strengthen the basis for transferring neuromodulatory interventions from the laboratory to stroke patients with language dysfunctions.
Phase 4
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Drug: Pramipexole
  • Drug: Rivastigmine
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June 2006
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy subjects
  • 20-35 years old
  • Right handedness
  • Left language dominance (as assessed by functional transcranial Doppler ultrasonography [fTCD])

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Neurological/psychiatric/metabolic/cardiac disorders
  • Asthma
  • Known allergic reactions to one of the experimental drugs
  • Other drugs affecting the central nervous system
  • Leisure drug ingestion during the past 4 weeks (urine test)
  • Smoking cessation during the past 2 weeks
  • > 6 cups of coffee or energy drinks per day
  • > 10 cigarettes per day
  • > 50 grams of alcohol per day
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
20 Years to 35 Years   (Adult)
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KS-NEUROMOD_01, Stage Ib
IZKF Muenster: Kne3/074/04
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University Hospital Muenster
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Study Director: Caterina Breitenstein, PhD Dept. of Neurology, University Hospital Muenster
Study Chair: Stefan Knecht, MD Dept. of Neurology, University Hospital Muenster
University Hospital Muenster
September 2006

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