Transforming treatments for schizophrenia: Virtual reality, brain stimulation and social cognition

Subject area of study: 
Mental Health, Schizophrenia
Title of study: 
Transforming treatments for schizophrenia: Virtual reality, brain stimulation and social cognition
Brief outline of the study: 

The Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health is seeking volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder OR no history of mental health conditions to help us investigate whether combining virtual reality training with a gentle form of non-invasive brain stimulation can improve the ability for people to understand social situations.
Participation will involve visiting our research centre in Camberwell for three research sessions, each one taking between 2 and 3 hours. You will receive compensation towards your time and travel costs.
You will complete an interview; some computer tasks; have a recording taken of your brain waves; and receive a short session of gentle, non-invasive brain stimulation while completing a virtual reality task. Stimulation is safe and not painful. It is given while awake and alert and activates only a small area of cells on the surface of the brain. It will not have lasting impact on brain activity.

Department: 
Psychiatry - Epworth
Recruitment start date: 
Sun, 01/08/2021
Recruitment end date: 
Sat, 31/12/2022
Contact person title: 
Ms
Contact person first name: 
Kirsten
Contact person last name: 
Gainsford
Contact email: 
kirsten.gainsford@monash.edu
Contact phone number: 
(03) 9805 4163
Ethics Committee Project Number: 
RES-19-00000892E
Do you have advertising approval?: 
Yes
Approved by: 
Monash