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The purpose of this study is to test whether administration of levetiracetam (LEV), a commonly used anti-epileptic that alters neurotransmitter release, can reduce hippocampal hyperactivity in people with psychotic disorders. Specifically, the investigators will utilize two functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques: 1) blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) contrast will assess activity with a visual scene processing task that engages the anterior hippocampus and 2) arterial spin labeling (ASL) will assess baseline activity. Previous studies in people with psychotic disorders have shown that the hippocampus is hyperactive and more activity correlates with worsening of clinical symptoms. Therefore, the aim of this study is to use an intervention to further understand the underlying mechanisms of the hippocampus in psychosis.

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NCT number NCT04559529
Study type Interventional
Source Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Status Completed
Phase Phase 2
Start date September 23, 2020
Completion date December 31, 2023

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