Clinical Study

Psychogenic Tremor: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy And Functional Mri Study Of Emotional Processing

Posted Date: Sep 12, 2017

  • Investigator: Alberto Espay
  • Co-Investigator: Emily Shanks
  • Specialties: Neurology, Movement Disorders
  • Type of Study: Observational/Survey

The purpose of the study is to examine the level of activity of different parts of the brain that are responsible for the control of movement and emotions. We are trying to distinguish how the activity is different in people affected with different types of tremor and from people with no tremor at all. We are seeking to do this by looking at the brain with a technique known as functional magnetic resonance imaging (functional MRI or fMRI). The fMRI is a scan that takes pictures of the brain while someone is lying perfectly still, sometimes requiring tasks, such as seeing pictures and pressing buttons. The brain changes with these tasks are then examined for differences between the three groups participating in the study. A second purpose of this research study is to look at the brain function responsible for movement and emotions in people affected with psychogenic tremor before and after a 12-week program that allows a better psychiatric/psychological understanding of the tremor. This program is known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).


You Are Being Asked To Take Part In This Research Study Because You Are At Least 21 Years Of Age And Have Been Diagnosed With Psychogenic Tremor.


Espay, Fmri, Emotional, Tremor, Psychogenic

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Erin Neefus
(513) 558-6555

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