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fMRI Based EEG Neurofeedback as a Method of Enhancing Emotional Resilience Among Soldiers

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02020265
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2018 by Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : December 24, 2013
Last Update Posted : September 25, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

Brief Summary:
EEG protocols exist for reducing stress and improve PTSD symptoms (A/T EEG protocols, Peniston, 1993, Hammond, 2005) however; our innovative EEG-NF LMI approach intends to be more amygdala/stress specific and therefore more efficient. Three groups of soldiers, while in operational activity will go through 24 sessions of 3 different methods of EEG-NF; our newly developed NF via MLI, a standard procedure for NF via A/T and a placebo NF. Difference between the groups in regard to their emotion regulation capability will be tested by fMRI with regard to amygdala activation following EEG-NF LMI as well as two stress challenge tests.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Stress Depression Device: EEG neurofeedback Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 120 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Longitudinal Study of the Effect of Neurofeedback Training on Soldiers Emotional Regulation Ability and Mental Resilience to Stress.
Study Start Date : February 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2020

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: NF group
This group will train modulation of the amygdala EEG fingerprint by EEG neurofeedback.
Device: EEG neurofeedback
Sham Comparator: Sham NF
This group preform the same procedure as the NF group only reviving sham feedback
Device: EEG neurofeedback
Active Comparator: A\T NF
This group will train modulation of A\T ratio by EEG neurofeedback
Device: EEG neurofeedback

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change from baseline at Amygdala modulation ability [ Time Frame: At baseline and after 6 month of neurofeeback training. ]
    The test group will show a grater improvment from baseline in amygdala modulation abilities as measured by real time fMRI

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change from baseline in Emotion regulation ability [ Time Frame: At baseline and after 6 month of neurofeedback training ]
    The test group will show grater improvement from baseline of emotion regulation abilities as measured by implicit and explicit test and by fMRI

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 35 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • soldiers in preliminary combat training

Exclusion Criteria:

  • known mental disorders or neuro-pathology

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02020265

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Tel-Aviv Sourasky medical center
Tel_Aviv, Choose One, Israel, 6423906
Sponsors and Collaborators
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center Identifier: NCT02020265    
Other Study ID Numbers: 0080-13
First Posted: December 24, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 25, 2018
Last Verified: September 2018
Keywords provided by Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center:
stress and depression related symptoms
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Behavioral Symptoms