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Call for participants - Neurostimulation study

(18 May 2018)

Hearing the Voice is looking for participants aged 18-35 to take part in a neurostimulation study. The study takes place in the Department of Psychology, and involves completing three sessions, separated by approximately one week in time, each lasting about 50 minutes. You will be asked to complete a simple auditory perception task, which requires you to listen to bursts of random noise and specific sounds in the noise. For taking part, you will be rewarded with a £20 Amazon voucher. Please email kaja.j.mitrenga@durham.ac.uk if you are interested in taking part.

The experiment also uses a neurostimulation technique, known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). This technique involves the application of an electrical current over the scalp for 15 minutes. The current is applied through two electrodes, one of which is strapped to your head, and other to your upper arm. The technique is completely safe and painless – participants generally report feeling a mild tingling sensation underneath the electrodes, which usually lasts for less than 1 minute.

Who can take part?

  • You must be aged 18-35.
  • You must be right-handed.
  • You must not have any diagnosed hearing problems.
  • You must be a fluent English speaker
  • All metallic objects (e.g., earrings) and hair products (e.g., gel or hairspray) must be removed from your head before participation.