Even healthy older people frequently struggle to remember the names of people they have met for the first time or report problems remembering new information. We are currently conducting a study to find out if those age-associated problems can be alleviated using a new brain stimulation technique (transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, tDCS).

We are looking for healthy older adults over 55 years of age, who are right-handed, have English as a primary language, with no history of neurological diseases, mental illness of head trauma.

Participation in the study will involve an initial assessment during which memory, language and other functions will be tested (2-3 hours), a series of word learning sessions held over 5 consecutive days (approx. 1.5 hours each), and three additional follow-up sessions 24 hours, 1 week and 3 months after the learning period (1-2 hours/each).

During the learning sessions, we will attach 2 electrodes to your scalp using a rubber band and apply a very weak constant current to your head (tDCS). This technique is a safe procedure with no known adverse side effects except for a mild tingling sensation or itching when the machine is turned on for about 30 seconds.

You will receive $250 as reimbursement for your time and travel for the entire duration of the study. The research will take place at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) which is at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital.

If you have any further questions about this study or would be interested in participation please contact:  

Garon Perceval

email: g.perceval@uq.edu.au

phone 0421235651