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Depression and other psychiatric conditions are marked by exaggerated, preferential processing (or attention bias) of negative information relative to neutral or positive information. This depression-related attention bias can be measured using the Dot Probe task and Visual Search, that allow assessment of the degree to which one shows bias toward negative information in the presence of neutral or positive information. A clinically effective treatment for depression is noninvasive brain stimulation with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), targeting the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), delivered in repeated sessions across a period of time. The study will test the effect of a single session of DLPFC tDCS on attention bias in patients with mild to moderate depression.


Clinical Trial Description

This prospective pilot study will recruit 25 female participants, ages 18-45 (inclusive), with mild to moderate depression (based on BDI-II score range 14-19 for mild and 20-28 for moderate) to determine if a single-session of tDCS can alter negative attention bias. The primary objective is to study if single-session tDCS will affect attention bias in depression and is not meant to treat depression. Subjects may or may not be receiving treatment for mild-moderate depression. ;


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NCT number NCT05188248
Study type Interventional
Source NYU Langone Health
Contact Matthew Lustberg
Phone 929-455-5090
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 28, 2021
Completion date December 1, 2022

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