Treatment for WM Content

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY
WM Content+3 More
18 - 65
All Sexes
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Study Summary

Brain activity will be recorded while participants rest and/or perform perceptual discrimination tasks. These tasks include the presentation of sensory stimuli and require participants to detect and discriminate these stimuli, and to report about the objective properties of the stimuli as well as about their subjective perceptual experience using ratings of confidence, visibility, and/or alertness/sleepiness. All sensory stimuli used are neutral and consist of visual stimuli presented on a computer screen (either basic visual stimuli, e.g. an arrow, a grating or a dot, or neutral pictures of e.g. objects, buildings, landscapes), or auditory stimuli presented via headphones (either basic sounds, e.g. a beep or noise, or more complex sounds, e.g. a spoken word or rhythm). The experimental tasks may require participants to compare between sensory stimuli presented at different spatial locations or at different times, and/or to focus their attention on specific stimuli while suppressing distracting information; additionally, tasks may require participants to remember these stimuli for a delayed report. In these tasks, participants' performance will be quantified by motor responses (i.e., button press), reaction times and subjective ratings (confidence, visibility, alertness/sleepiness). Brain activity will be recorded by means of electroencephalography (EEG), a non-invasive technique consisting of electrodes placed along the scalp that record electrical field potentials generated by cortical neurons. EEG will be used to record brain activity prior to and in response to the sensory stimuli presented during the cognitive and perceptual tasks as well as during the participants' responses. Additionally, EEG may be used to record brain activity during a baseline resting state, while participants are not engaged in any particular tasks. In particular, the analysis of the EEG signal will focus on event-related brain activity (i.e., in response to the stimuli) such as event-related potentials (ERP), as well as ongoing and spontaneous and/or induced brain activity quantified as oscillations: wave-like signal fluctuations reflecting rhythmic variations of membrane potentials of cortical neurons. In addition, the investigators will use MRI to take an anatomical image of the brain to facilitate localizing the sources of the activity measured with EEG.

Eligible Conditions

  • WM Content
  • Beta Power
  • Behavioral Performance
  • Decision Outcome

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

1 Primary · 2 Secondary · Reporting Duration: during procedure

during procedure
EEG spectral beta power
behavioral performance: accuracy
behavioral performance: reaction time

Trial Safety

Trial Design

0 Treatment Group

170 Total Participants · 0 Treatment Group

Primary Treatment: Treatment · No Placebo Group · N/A

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: during procedure
Closest Location: New York State Psychiatric Institute · New York, NY
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2001First Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching WM Content
212 CompletedClinical Trials

Who is running the clinical trial?

New York State Psychiatric InstituteLead Sponsor
453 Previous Clinical Trials
135,838 Total Patients Enrolled
Saskia Haegens, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorNYSPI

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18 - 65 · All Participants · 2 Total Inclusion Criteria

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About The Reviewer

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Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.