The Functional Brain Changes Following Cognitive Remediation Training in First Episode Schizophrenia study aims to use fMRI assessment of schizophrenic patients before and after undergoing cognitive rehabilitation training (CRT). Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy is a theory of behavioral treatment that examines the effects of training the brain through exercies to affect functioning. Our lab hopes to detect changes in brain function with fMRI.
This study is in colaboration with Prodrome Assesment Research and Treatment (PART) Program headed by Drs. Sophia Vinogradov and Daniel Mathalon. Medications are often prescribed as treatment but result in minimal improvements in the domain of cognitive functions such as attention and memory. The study sets to measure the effectiveness of training on computerized task has on in improving cognitive ability.
Our research goal is to obtain baseline and post-treatment fMRI assessments of attention and working memory functions. The study implores an auditory paradigm and visual paradigm during an fMRI scan.