Emotion and Attention Selectivity in Alzheimer’s Disease - Los Angeles, CA

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Emotion and Attention Selectivity in Alzheimer’s Disease - Los Angeles, CA


University of Southern California (Health Science Campus)

Center for Image Acquisition
2025 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles CA 90033
United States


Study Status:
Recruiting
Age:
60+
Study Type:
Observational Studies
Studies for People with Memory Impairment
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Next Steps

If interested, please contact Sara Gallant, PhD and Briana Kennedy, PhD for more information at emotionattention.USC@gmail.com


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (but no diagnosis of other neurological or psychiatric illnesses)
  • Willing to provide a doctor’s note to confirm diagnosis
  • Must have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing
  • Not taking beta-blocker or psycho-active medications (e.g., stimulants, anti-depressants)
  • Not currently nursing, pregnant, or intending to become pregnant
  • Eligible to go in an MRI scanner (i.e., must not have any metal on or in the body)

About the Study:

During the study, participants will complete a one-hour brain scan in an MRI scanner at the Health Science Campus of University of Southern California. While in the MRI scanner, participants will be asked to rest for short periods of time as well as complete two short cognitive tasks. Outside of the MRI scanner, participants will complete some computer-based tasks that assess attention as paper-pencil based questionnaires. The entire study will take three hours to complete and participants will receive a $75 VISA gift card for their time and effort. Parking will also be covered for the day, if required. For more information, please contact the researchers.

Purpose:

The purpose of the study is to better understand the role of the locus coeruleus in cognitive and emotional function in Alzheimer’s disease. The locus coeruleus is a small brainstem region that is involved in responses to stress and emotion and related to a marker of Alzheimer’s disease.

What is Involved:

The experiment will involve a single 3-hour session that will be completed at the Health Science Campus at USC and include the following:

  • A 1-hour brain scan in an MRI scanner
  • Computer and paper tasks that measure various aspects of cognition
  • Heart rate, respiration, and eye tracking will be measured non-invasively

Location Information:

University of Southern California (Health Science Campus)

Center for Image Acquisition
2025 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles CA 90033
United States

Click Here to Learn More

Next Steps

If interested, please contact Sara Gallant, PhD and Briana Kennedy, PhD for more information at emotionattention.USC@gmail.com