Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory of Memory

Current Projects

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Treatment Trial of Combat-Related PTSD

We have recently published results in the Journal of Affective Disorders on a completed study that shows significantly greater reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in a group receiving repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) before Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) compared to a control group that received only CPT. Additionally, for the group that received rTMS before the therapy, PTSD symptoms remained reduced when the participants were reassessed three and six months afterward.

To build on this previous study, we have begun a larger, multi-site study to confirm the efficacy of this treatment. We are currently recruiting Veterans from post 9/11 combat who have or believe they may have PTSD from a combat-related event that is not sexual in nature. If you are interested in participating, view more information about the new study.

Gulf War Illness

Our lab has been studying the storage of verbal knowledge and retrieval of information for more than 25 years. Retrieving words and their meaning is an integral part of a variety of daily functions. Both word finding and verbal memory deficits have been associated with Gulf War illness. Our previous studies in veterans with Gulf War illness have clearly shown the presences of a number of individuals with verbal retrieval deficits. We are employing novel ways to treat these word finding and memory difficulties in Gulf War illness using non-invasive neuromodulation. If you are interested in participating, view more information and complete our online form.

Combat Veterans without PTSD

We are also recruiting post 9/11 combat veterans without PTSD. The information we hope to gather from non-PTSD combat veterans can be used to better understand differences of veterans who did develop PTSD, and potentially aid in the development and evaluation of better treatment options for those seeking help. If you are interested in participating, view more information and complete our online form.