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Perceptual Deficits in Schizophrenia

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: NCT02337439
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified November 2017 by VA Connecticut Healthcare System.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : January 13, 2015
Last Update Posted : November 7, 2017
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Brief Summary:

In this study, participants with schizophrenia and schizoaffective are given computer exercises to complete. The goals of the study are to determine whether: 1) any of the computer exercises can improve information processing problems in schizophrenia, 2) improvements in information processing are related to other cognitive improvements, and 3) there are changes in brain activity associated with using the computer exercises.

The study will involve clinical interviews, cognitive tests, and frequent computerized cognitive training over the course of 2 months. Some participants will also have electroencephalography, a non-invasive test that measures brain activity, to determine whether there are changes in brain activity with the computer training.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Schizophrenia Schizoaffective Disorder Behavioral: Sensory Information Processing Training Behavioral: Active Control Training Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Schizophrenia is a disabling neurodevelopmental illness, affecting nearly 1% of the population. The disability of schizophrenia is due in large part to the effects of the illness on cognitive faculties. Current medications for schizophrenia do not generally improve cognition, so a major contribution to disability remains undertreated. Computerized cognitive remediation programs, which produce activity-dependent recruitment of neural resources to specifically enhance under-functioning brain systems, have been effective at improving both cognition and community functioning in patients with schizophrenia, but the effects are still modest. Our preliminary work has suggested that our training is associated with improvements in visual memory, though visual memory has been a cognitive area more refractory to cognitive training.

In this study, participants with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder will be randomized to receive different computer exercises to help determine whether computer exercises can improve memory in schizophrenia, and whether the cognitive training is associated with changes in neural activity.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive Remediation for Perceptual Deficits in Schizophrenia
Study Start Date : August 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2018

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MedlinePlus related topics: Schizophrenia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Sensory Information Processing Training
Computerized training designed to improve sensory processing
Behavioral: Sensory Information Processing Training
Computer exercises requiring identification of visual stimuli on computer screen and response with keyboard

Active Comparator: Active Control Training
Commercially available computer exercises that were not designed specifically to improve sensory information processing.
Behavioral: Active Control Training
Commercially available educational software

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cognitive test performance [ Time Frame: up to 6 months ]
    Neuropsychological testing

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Psychiatric symptoms [ Time Frame: up to 6 months ]
    Clinical interviews and ratings

  2. Social Functioning [ Time Frame: up to 6 months ]
    Clinical rating scales

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
  • English speaking and reading

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current substance abuse
  • visual impairment
  • neurological conditions
  • current enrollment in another research study

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02337439

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United States, Connecticut
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06511
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
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Responsible Party: VA Connecticut Healthcare System Identifier: NCT02337439    
Other Study ID Numbers: V1CDA2013-24
01856 ( Other Identifier: VACHS IRB )
First Posted: January 13, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 7, 2017
Last Verified: November 2017
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders