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Title Effect of Transcranial Electric Current Stimulation on Motor Skill Performance and Learning
Description The purpose of this study is to investigate whether transcranial electrical stimulation improves surgical motor performance and learning. Transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) is a non-invasive approach to deliver a small amount of current into the brain. It has been investigated for over 15 years with promising results enhancing motor functions. The hemoglobin concentration changes will be monitored by a near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) system to help us understand how tES works. The NIRS is an optical-based non-invasive technique. Both the tES device and the NIRS device are commercialized devices, but not FDA approved.

We expect that you will be in this research study for 7 hours if you participate in the Pilot study, 5 hours if you participate in Study 1, or 12 consecutive days with a short posttest after a two week break period if you participate in Study 2.

The study visits will be at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building at 955 Main Street.

Compensation is available.
Principal Investigator SCHWAITZBERG, STEVEN
Age Group Adult
Drugs Involved
Status Open
Key Eligibility • Medical students that have no experience with laparoscopic tools
• No history of neurological trauma or neurological or psychiatric disorders
• Between the ages of 18 and 64
• Able and willing to give a written and dated informed consent
Disease Group Healthy Volunteers; Other
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