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Investigating Accelerated Learning and Memory in Healthy Subjects Using a Face Name Memory Task

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03309072
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : October 13, 2017
Last Update Posted : July 16, 2019
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sven Vanneste, The University of Texas at Dallas

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether we can accelerate learning and improve associative memory performance in healthy subjects by applying transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) during a Face Name memory task.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Healthy Adults Device: tDCS Device: sham tDCS Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Associative memory refers to remembering the association between two items, such as a face and a name or a word in English and the same word in another language. It is not only important for learning, but it is also one of the first aspects of memory performance that is impacted by aging and by Alzheimer׳s disease. For decades, neuroscientists have investigated associative learning and memory and ways to accelerate and enhance associative learning and memory.

Transcranial Direct Current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive and painless electrical stimulation technique that has demonstrated to accelerate learning and improve memory in some studies. To investigate whether we can accelerate learning and improve associative memory using tDCS, we will compare the performance in a Face Name Associate memory task from 2 groups. The first group will get active tDCS during the study phase of the Face Name Memory task, whereas the second group will get sham tDCS during the study phase of the task.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: (1) active tDCS with Face Name associate memory task (2) sham tDCS with Face Name associate memory task
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Investigating Accelerated Learning and Memory in Healthy Subjects Using a Face Name Memory Task
Actual Study Start Date : September 27, 2017
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 12, 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : May 9, 2023

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MedlinePlus related topics: Memory

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: active tDCS
active tDCS with Face Name associate Memory task
Device: tDCS
active tDCS

Sham Comparator: sham tDCS
sham tDCS with Face Name associate Memory task
Device: sham tDCS
sham tDCS




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Associative Memory assessed by a Face Name Associate Memory experiment [ Time Frame: Associate Memory is assessed after a 10 minutes break following the study phase ]
    Changes in performance in the Face Name Associate memory task is compared between the 2 groups (1. Real tDCS+ Face Name Associate memory task & 2. Sham tDCS+ Face Name Associate memory task) to investigate the influence of tDCS on Associative Memory.



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age: 18-35 years
  • Native English Speaker

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of severe head injuries, epileptic insults, or heart disease.
  • Severe psychiatric disorders and severe untreated medical problems.
  • Contraindications for tDCS (pregnant women, implanted devices)

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03309072


Locations
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United States, Texas
The University of Texas of Dallas
Richardson, Texas, United States, 75080
Sponsors and Collaborators
The University of Texas at Dallas
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Sven Vanneste, PhD The University of Texas at Dallas
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Responsible Party: Sven Vanneste, Associate professor, The University of Texas at Dallas
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03309072    
Other Study ID Numbers: 17-96
First Posted: October 13, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 16, 2019
Last Verified: July 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Keywords provided by Sven Vanneste, The University of Texas at Dallas:
transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
accelerated learning
memory