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Timing of Voluntary Movement in Patients With Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorder

2014-08-27 03:54:26 | BioPortfolio

Summary

This study will examine how the brain controls movement in people with Tourette syndrome and chronic tic disorder to determine if the timing of movement is important in whether someone feels "in control" of their movements. Although movements in tic disorders are often characterized as "involuntary," some patients claim that these movements are made voluntarily, or they are unable to decide if they are voluntary or involuntary. Previous experiments have shown that when people are asked to look at a clock and report the time they first decide to make a movement they report times later than the first brain waves associated with movement appear. When they are asked to report the time they first initiate the movement, they report times before the muscles actually begin to move. This study may help determine how the sense of willing and initiating an action is altered in patients with Tourette syndrome and chronic tic disorder, and how people may feel more or less "in control" of their movements.

Normal volunteers and patients with Tourette syndrome or chronic tic disorder between 18 and 65 years of age may be eligible for this study. Control subjects must not have any neurological or psychological disorders, and patients with Tourette syndrome of chronic tic disorder must not have any other neurological disorders. Patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may not enroll in this study.

All participants will have a medical history, physical examination, and a test to determine their level of attention. Patients will be interviewed about their symptoms and complete psychiatric rating scales. In addition, all participants will undergo the following procedures:

Electric shock

Participants look at a clock on a computer screen, the hands of which revolves quickly. While looking at the clock, each participant will be given small, non-painful electric shocks and asked, according to the clock, to say when they received the shocks. The shocks are repeated 40 times.

Arm movement

Participants are asked to lift their arms off a table repeatedly, at random times, while they look at the computer clock. This exercise is repeated 80 times. Of these 80, participants are asked 10 times consecutively to say the time they first had the desire to move their arm, and then 10 consecutively the time they first felt that they were moving their arm.

Electroencephalography (EEG) and Electromyography (EMG)

Participants undergo EEG and EMG durin...

Description

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to determine how the subjective sense of willing and initiating an action is altered in patients with Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorder. Although many definitions of the disease include the characterization of tics as 'involuntary', some patients claim that these movements are voluntarily made, or are unable to decide if they are voluntary or involuntary. Recent studies have shown that the time order in which someone wills a voluntary movement and begins that movement is central to the subjective sense of causality. We propose to examine tics as well as normal, voluntary movements in patients with Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorder to identify the time course between the decision to move and the onset of movement. Using Libet's paradigm, we intend to have subjects watch a fast-rotating clock to report the times associated with willing (time W) and initiating (time M) movement; we will also determine electroencephalographic/electromyographic (EEG/EMG) measures of movement.

STUDY POPULATION: We intend to study adult patients with a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders diagnosis of a tic disorder and frequent tics as well as normal, healthy volunteers as controls.

DESIGN: We will ask tic patients to rate the "voluntariness" of their tics using a rating scale. We will ask tics patients to look at a fast-rotating clock on a computer screen and note when their movements were willed (time W) and were initiated (time M), for tics as well as normal voluntary movements. Patients will also report the time of a somatosensory stimulus. Surface EMG will determine the time of actual movement, and EEG will record brain potentials associated with movement. The design will be the same for the normal volunteers with the exception that the volunteers will not complete rating scales and will not be experiencing tics.

OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome measure of this study is the latency of times W and M (before EMG onset) in tics patients as correlated with the voluntariness the patients associate with their tics, compared to the time W and M reported for normal voluntary movements in the normal volunteers.

Study Design

N/A

Conditions

Tourette Syndrome

Location

National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda
Maryland
United States
20892

Status

Completed

Source

National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:54:26-0400

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