Neurobiological, Neuropsychological,Linguistic and Gestural Processes and Phenomena in Individuals With Alexithymia (ALEX)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified January 2009 by Charite University, Berlin, Germany.
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Charite University, Berlin, Germany
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00830752
First received: January 27, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: January 2009
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January 27, 2009
January 27, 2009
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August 2009   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Neurobiological, Neuropsychological,Linguistic and Gestural Processes and Phenomena in Individuals With Alexithymia
Understanding Alexithymia

The syndrome of extremely restricted emotional competence, alexithymia, was originally conceptualized in psychoanalytic research and is now empirically and experimentally studied in clinical psychology and psychological medicine within the context of emotion regulation using neuroscientific techniques. Alexithymia refers to an individual's inability or impaired ability to name or express feelings and to distinguish them from the physical consequences of an acute or chronic stress reaction. Modern "brain-body-interface" research suggests that alexithymia represents a complex deficiency in cognitive processing and emotional regulatory processes. The neurobiological basis is assumed to be a preconscious, automatic and involuntary information transfer to the amygdalae of acquired representations of emotional contents stored in ventromedial prefrontal cortical areas.

Alexithymia is not just "emotional coldness", i.e. a limited emotionality, but essentially the detachment of feelings from language. In alexithymia the link between affective phenomena and language, understood as media-supported sign practices, is insufficient or even absent.

The purpose of our observational study is to better understand the neurobiological and neuropsychological as well as linguistic and gestural processes and determinants of this phenomenon

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Observational
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
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Retention:   Samples With DNA
Description:

whole blood, serum

Non-Probability Sample

70 individuals between the ages of 18 and 60 years, both genders, who score high on an alexithymia questionaire (TAS-20) and who are otherwise emotionally and physically healthy. Individuals are sampled via newspaper and poster advertisements throughout the greater metropolitan area of Berlin, Germany

Alexithymia
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
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December 2009
August 2009   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • scoring high on the TAS-20

Exclusion Criteria:

  • personal history of a mental disorder
  • currently mentally ill
Both
18 Years to 60 Years
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Germany
 
NCT00830752
ALEX 2009
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Isabella Heuser, Charite
Charite University, Berlin, Germany
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Charite University, Berlin, Germany
January 2009

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