11 Oct 2021

Participants sought: Schizophrenia treatments using virtual reality, brain stimulation and social cognition

Participants sought for study investigating whether virtual reality
training combined with non-invasive brain stimulation can improve
people's ability to understand social situations.
Transforming treatments for schizophrenia: Virtual reality, brain stimulation and social cognition

The Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health is seeking volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder OR no history of mental health conditions to help us investigate whether combining virtual reality training with a gentle form of non-invasive brain stimulation can improve the ability for people to understand social situations.

Participation will involve visiting our research centre in Camberwell for three research sessions, each one taking between 2 and 3 hours. You will receive compensation towards your time and travel costs.
You will complete an interview; some computer tasks; have a recording taken of your brain waves; and receive a short session of gentle, non-invasive brain stimulation while completing a virtual reality task. Stimulation is safe and not painful. It is given while awake and alert and activates only a small area of cells on the surface of the brain. It will not have lasting impact on brain activity.

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