Title of this new study: The underlying neural mechanisms of working memory in elderly populations.
- Description: “In this experiment, we will use a non-invasive technique called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to explore the brain regions involved in working memory. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive method used to stimulate small regions of the brain. It uses electromagnetic induction to generate an electric current across the scalp and skull without physical contact. This current induces activation and/or deactivation of the neurons under the site of stimulation. This method is FDA-approved and it is used mainly in clinical and experimental settings (here you can see how they use it for other conditions in the NHS: https://www.southernhealth.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z-list-of-services/repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-rtms).
- Objective: our goal is to compare the effect of this stimulation at two sites in the brain in order to test their contribution to the performance of some working memory tasks. To measure working memory we will use computerised tests and to measure the brain activity we will use an electroencephalography (EEG) cap. The EEG cap contains electrodes that are attached to the scalp with conductive gel.
- Number of sessions 3: introductory, session 2 and session 3 (session 2 and 3 must be in consecutive weeks).
- Duration of each session: introductory (1.5hr), session 2 (3.5hrs), session 3 (3.5hrs).
- Benefits: Participants can learn more about their cognitive skills and their brain functioning. Furthermore, your participation will help us to understand more the underlying neural mechanisms of working memory in elderly populations.
To find out more about the project, and to check your eligibility, contact Esteban Leon Correa on 07575 087865, or by email to Esteban León Correa <Correae@edgehill.ac.uk>
Last Updated on November 20, 2023