An EEG Study of Auditory Perception in People with and without SchizophreniaResearch Question:
Are there differences in how the brain processes sounds in people with and without
schizophrenia? If so, are these differences related to specific symptoms of schizophrenia,
and can this knowledge help us develop better treatments?
Basic Study Information
Purpose:Study Reference #: STUDY00005267
The purpose of our study is to better understand how the brain processes sounds, including
speech. We are investigating this in people with and without psychiatric conditions.
One of our primary aims is to determine how these processes may relate to specific
experiences and symptoms in conditions such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder,
and schizophreniform disorder, with the goal of using this knowledge to develop more
effective treatments. In order to study how the brain processes sounds, we use a technique
called electroencephalography, or EEG. For EEG, a person wears a comfortable elastic
cap with sensors attached to it that are able to record brain activity. In these sessions,
subjects listen to short audio clips while EEG is recording; this allows us to measure
brain responses to sounds. This study also includes interviews about current and past
psychiatric symptoms and treatment, as well as a few short tasks, questionnaires,
and a hearing test. The study typically involves 4-5 visits, with each about 2-3 hours
long. Subjects are paid $30 an hour, as well as a $30 bonus if they complete all study
activities. Transportation costs are also covered, and free snacks are provided.
Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)
Study Contact InformationStudy Coordinator: Michael Elacqua
Phone: (585) 276-3575
Additional Study Details
Number of Visits:
2 to 5
$30/hour, $30 dollar bonus for completing all study activities, can arrange and reimburse
transportation (parking passes, bus passes, cab rides, etc.), free snacks
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