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Computerized Social Cognition Training for Schizophrenia

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota is seeking individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia to participate in a study of computerized cognitive training. This study is testing the effects of an experimental software program targeting social cognitive abilities versus a computer-based software control condition. Participants will be asked to complete 30 hours of social cognition training or 30 hours of the control condition at home or in the Ambulatory Research Center. A series of appointments to assess cognition, symptoms, and functioning will be completed before the intervention, and after 15 and 30 hours of the intervention. To learn more about the study, please call (612) 626-7886 or email trusst@umn.edu.

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Remote Digital Treatment for Individuals with Psychosis

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota is conducting a study of computerized cognitive training and computer games delivered entirely remotely for individuals with psychosis. We are recruiting individuals 18-60 years of age with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophreniform Disorder, Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Major Depressive Disorder with Psychotic Features, or Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features. This study is also testing the effects of the PRIME mobile phone application and whether this application will help increase motivation and quality of life in people with psychosis. Participants will complete 16 weeks of the cognitive training exercises or computer games along with the PRIME application. A series of appointments to assess cognition, symptoms, and functioning will be completed online, and via FaceTime or Skype before and after the intervention, and 6 months after completing the intervention. To learn more about the study, please contact Neelu Ghiasi 612-625-1586 or roam@umn.edu.

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Thinking Functions and Visual Perception in Individuals with Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder and Their Relatives

The University of Minnesota and Minneapolis VA Health Care system are conducting a study to understand thinking functions and visual perceptions in individuals with mental disorders and their relatives. This study will focus on families in which at least one member is diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Participants will be asked to complete a set of interviews, a cognitive assessment of thinking abilities, a blood draw, an EEG, and MRI analysis. Participants will be asked to attend up to three study sessions. For more information, please contact Joe Lupo at 612-467-5755.

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Study on Auditory Hallucinations in Schizophrenia

The University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System are conducting a study examining how transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) affects auditory hallucinations. TES is non-invasive and involves applying a weak electrical current to the scalp. Participants will be asked to attend ten treatment sessions, twice per day for five days, and will be asked to participate in three follow up visits for up to six months after treatment. For more information, please contact Ariel Currie at 612-626-7261.

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