Cognitive Training Study

The SCOUT study seeks to identify whether playing certain computer games can enhance and improve brain function, concentration, memory, social functioning, and performance at school and/or work.

 

Who Can Participate?

You may be eligible to take part in this research study if you are between 15-30 years of age and have had any of the following difficulties:

  • Feeling like your mind, ears, or eyes are playing tricks on you
  • Suspiciousness or uneasiness with others
  • Difficulties with academic, work, or social functioning
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Withdrawal from friends or family and spending a lot of time alone
  • Decline in self-care or personal hygiene
  • Feeling more anxious, depressed, or out of touch
  • Having strange feelings or no feelings at all

 

What's Involved?

Part A: Pre-Training

  • A visit that will include personal interviews, some questionnaires, and assessments of your memory and attention
  • An fMRI scan while performing memory, attention, and problem-solving tasks
  • A 7-day online questionnaire about your thoughts and feelings to be completed at home
Part B: Computer Game Training, Session I
  • Play various computer games aimed at improving your memory and attention
  • Games to be played for 20 sessions of 45 minutes over a 5-week period
Part C: Mid-Point Assessment
  • Several of the pre-training assessments will be completed again as well as the diary
  • An fMRI scan while performing memory, attention, and problem-solving tasks
Part D: Computer Game Training, Session II
  • Play various computer games aimed at improving your memory and attention
  • Games to be played for 20 sessions of 45 minutes over a 5-week period
Part E: Post-Training
  • Several of the pre-training assessments will be completed again as well as the diary
  • An fMRI scan while performing memory, attention, and problem-solving tasks
Part F: Follow-Up Visit
  • A 9-month follow-up visit after completion of the post-training tasks
  • Will include an interview as well as several more computer tasks

 

You could earn up to $2,165 for your participation.

 

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