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Study Information

We are looking for people who struggle with anxiety and who are interested in being part of ADAPT. This research study looks at the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on learning and memory. tDCS involves a low level of electrical current being delivered to the brain though electrodes placed on your scalp.

Why Should I Join the Study?

Results from this study may help researchers learn more about learning and memory in people with anxiety and, may ultimately, help researchers develop a potential new approach for the treatment of anxiety. However, no treatment is being offered in Project ADAPT.

What Will Happen if I Join the Study?

First, you will participate in an interview and fill out some questionnaires in which we will ask about your physical and mental health, and problems you might be currently experiencing. Then you will be seated behind a computer to do a learning and memory task. During the task, you will see pictures on the screen that you will be asked to respond to in certain ways. Additionally, we will place two electrodes on your head and you may or may not receive tDCS while you are doing the task. You might experience a tingly, itchy or scratchy sensation from the electrodes on your head. At the end, we will ask you to answer some additional questions.

Eligibility Criteria

You may be eligible to participate if you are between the ages of 18 and 55, and have been diagnosed with an anxiety or related disorder, such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.


Participants can receive up to $40 as compensation for their time participating in this study.

Butler Hospital

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