Transcranial Stimulation (tDCS) and Prism Adaptation in Spatial Neglect Rehabilitation

Recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- Participant is willing and able to give informed consent for participation in the study.
- Male or Female, aged 18-85
- At least one month post ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke or brain damage to the right hemisphere
- Diagnosis of neglect confirmed by evidence of neglect on at least one of the tests in the battery of neglect tests administered during the Recruitment Interview
Absolute contraindications to participation in any part of the study:
- Anyone who does not have adequate understanding of English, sufficient to give informed consent
- Limited verbal communication in the form of dysphasia
- Any person who has a history of drug abuse as the data collected may be influenced by their condition
- Any person who has a history of dementia or any other psychiatric illness as the data collected may be influenced by their condition
Absolute contraindications to participation in the tDCS part of the study:
- Anyone who has a previous personal history of epilepsy, seizures, febrile convulsions as a child or recurrent fainting fits will be excluded from the tDCS part of the study
- Any metallic implant in the neck, head, or eye that is situated within the path of the tDCS current, and anyone with any implanted electrical devices, would be excluded as there is a risk of heating with tDCS
- Pregnant women are excluded as a precaution as there are no data on the effect on maternal tDCS or MRI on the foetus
Absolute contraindications to participation in the MRI part of the study:
- People who suffer from claustrophobia will be excluded from the MRI part of the study if they state they are unable to tolerate the scanner environment
- Anyone with a metal implant or implantable device that is found to be unsafe or unknown for MRI following investigations by named researchers and staff radiographers would be excluded.
- Pregnant women are excluded as a precaution as there are no data on the effect on maternal tDCS or MRI on the foetus
Potential contraindications to participation in the tDCS part of the study:
- Participants on some prescription medications such as anti-depressants or pain medication may be excluded as they may be at an increased risk of seizure
- Individuals who have a family history of epilepsy or seizure may be excluded as this may increase the individual's personal risk of susceptibility to seizures
Potential contraindications to participation in the MRI part of the study:
• An individual with a previous history of a surgical procedure may be excluded, depending on whether a metallic implant was used in their operation and whether the MRI-safety status of the implanted materials can be adequately assessed after requesting the medical/surgical notes (with patient consent) and/or post-surgical imaging and consulting with the staff radiographers who are legally responsible for determining participant safety in advance of any scanning.