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Training-induced Cerebral Reorganization in Schizophrenia

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 12, 2008
Last Update Posted : April 13, 2010
German Research Foundation
Information provided by:
University of Konstanz

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to reveal the effects of computer-aided cognitive-auditory training on cerebral reorganization in schizophrenia.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Schizophrenia Behavioral: Brain Fitness Program Behavioral: Cogpack Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Impairment in cognitive functions is one of the main symptoms in schizophrenia and is currently one of the challenges in the treatment of the disease.

In this study we compare effects of two computer-aided training programs. One focused on auditory perception and processing as a basic ability underlying higher order information processing.

The other training involves a variability of cognitive abilities.

Both trainings are computer-aided and time-intensive, including up to twenty sessions within four weeks.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Official Title: Training-induced Cerebral Reorganization in Schizophrenia
Study Start Date : January 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2010

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MedlinePlus related topics: Schizophrenia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: BFT
20 schizophrenic patients
Behavioral: Brain Fitness Program
Computer-aided cognitive program designed for intensive training of auditory perception, memory and attention

Active Comparator: CP
19 schizophrenic patients
Behavioral: Cogpack
Computer-aided cognitive program for cognitive abilities

No Intervention: HCG
20 healthy age and sex matched subjects

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Event related potential MEG, test scores in word fluency and verbal learning tasks [ Time Frame: pre and post intervention ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Symptom severity, GAF score [ Time Frame: pre and post intervention ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 60 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia and disorders with psychotic features
  • Intact hearing abilities

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Mental retardation
  • Age over 60
  • Insufficient German language knowledge

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00695708

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University of Konstanz
Konstanz, Baden Württenberg, Germany, 78457
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Konstanz
German Research Foundation
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Study Chair: Brigitte Rockstroh, Prof. Dr. University of Konstanz, Department of Psychology

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Rockstroh Brigitte, Prof. Dr., University of Konstanz Identifier: NCT00695708    
Other Study ID Numbers: RO 805/14
First Posted: June 12, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 13, 2010
Last Verified: June 2008
Keywords provided by University of Konstanz:
sensory gating
cognitive impairment
Disorders with Psychotic Features
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders