Our Research

Brain Training: Computer Games for Improved Cognition

The purpose of this trial is to identify whether playing computer games improves cognition, including memory and attention, in young people at risk for developing a psychotic disorder. Particiapnts will be asked to play the computer games at home. Participants will also be asked to complete questionnaires, behavioral tasks, and a MRI. The majority of the study will last 10-12 weeks; however, participants will be asked to return for a nine-month follow-up visit to complete additional questionnaires and behavioral tasks. Participants will be compensated up to $2,000 for their time and effort.

Who is eligible?

In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years old at the time of study screening.
  • Have mild psychotic-like symptoms, such as odd perceptual experiences, subtle auditory or visual hallucinations, feeling that your mind is playing tricks on you.
  •  You may also be eligible if you have a first degree relative with a psychotic disorder.

Improving Social Cognition in Schizophrenia

The purpose of this trial is to study the efficacy of an internet-based targeted cognitive treatment meant to improve social cognition in people with schizophrenia. Eligible participants will be asked to play computer games from the comfort of their home and come to our office to complete testing of your ablities and to complete two brain scans. Participation is expected to last 10-12 weeks pays $600.

Who is eligible?  
This study is recruiting individuals who meet the diagnosis for schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.
In order to participate you must:

  • be between 18 and 65 years old 
  • have no psychiatric hospitalizations for at least 8 weeks prior to enrollment
  • have no changes to your psychiatric medications for at least 6 weeks prior to enrollment

Bipolar Remediation of Affective Control and Emotional Stability (BRAINS) Study

The purpose of this study is to determine whether cognitive control of emotion can be enhanced in young adults with recent on-set Bipolar I Disorder using a targeted cognitive training program. The study will last approximately six weeks with the majority of the study being completed at home. Participants will be asked to complete two tesing visits and two brain scans. Participation pays $600. 

Who is eligible?

The study is recruiting individuals who meet for the diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder. In order to participate, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old
  • Have had onset of bipolar disorder in the last five years
  • Have not had a psychiatric hospitalization in the 4 weeks prior to enrollment
  • Have not had a change in psychiatric medication in the 4 weeks prior to enrollment