5 Oct 2015

Participants sought: Do you have problems with your memory?

A new study being conducted by the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre is investigating whether brain stimulation can improve cognitive performance in older adults who report memory problems.

Previous research has demonstrated the efficacy of non-invasive brain stimulation in improving cognitive functioning in a variety of populations. This study is looking at whether the response to stimulation is different between younger adults, older adults and adults who identify as having a memory problem (beyond what would be expected from normal ageing). Understanding the brain activity changes occurring across the lifespan, and how this relates to cognitive functioning and neural plasticity, can help in developing treatments for disorders of cognitive decline such as dementia.

Participants will be asked to attend the centre for a single session that will take approximately 3.5 hours. Participants will complete cognitive tasks and receive two forms of non-invasive brain stimulation: transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Recording of brain activity will be completed through electroencephalography (EEG).

If you are interested in taking part of would like more information, please contact Ms Melanie Emonson: melanie.emonson@monash.edu or 03 9076 9823.
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