Effect of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Anxiety (K01)

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) treatment protocols that have been effective in reducing anxiety symptoms comorbid with depression, have not shown the same efficacy in non-depressed individuals, calling for a novel approach to general anxiety reduction. In this study, continuous theta burst stimulation will be used to stimulate the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) in order to target regions in the fear/anxiety circuit.

We’re looking for healthy volunteers to participate in a 4-week TMS study to examine how TMS can affect fear and anxiety through memory and attention tasks. This study involves two MRI scans, 8 TMS sessions (4 real and 4 fake/placebo), shock tasks, and memory tasks.

If you are interested, please click here to fill out our screening form and we will reach out to you.

Some eligibility requirements include:

  • Ages 18-50 years old
  • Right-handed
  • No current or past psychiatric disorder 
  • No history of epilepsy or seizure
  • Eligible to receive TMS
  • Eligible to receive MRI scans (no metal in body or claustrophobic)
  • Willing to participate for 4 weeks