tRNS Over Fronto-temporal Cortex Improves Verbal Fluency and Empathy in Autism Children

2014-09-30 16:38:22 | BioPortfolio


Interventional, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled and parallel assignment study, in which patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are two types of intervention by transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS), to improve verbal fluency and empathy.


Interventional, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled and parallel assignment study, in which patients receive three types of intervention tRNS: one group received 35 sessions focused on the fronto-temporal cortex, another group received 35 sessions focused on the temporal fusiform cortex and last placebo group was operated with 35 sessions tRNS. After brain noninvasive stimulation sessions, a blind analysis of the improvement in verbal fluency and empathy in patients with autism spectrum disorder is made. For each patient included a follow up period of three months will be established.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment




tRNS Fronto-temporal cortex, tRNS over fusiform temporal cortex, tRNS with sham


General Elche Hospital




Spanish Foundation for Neurometrics Development

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-09-30T16:38:22-0400

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A neurosurgical procedure that removes the anterior TEMPORAL LOBE including the medial temporal structures of CEREBRAL CORTEX; AMYGDALA; HIPPOCAMPUS; and the adjacent PARAHIPPOCAMPAL GYRUS. This procedure is generally used for the treatment of intractable temporal epilepsy (EPILEPSY, TEMPORAL LOBE).

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