You are invited to take part of the a study at Monash Health that has been designed to explore how the brain is processing information in different disorders of movement—tremor, dystonia and Parkinson’s—using a computerised decision-making task.
This is because your neurologist has diagnosed you with a disorder of the motor system (involving symptoms such as tremor, weakness, dystonia or myoclonus). You may have an organic movement disorder—caused by a genetic mutation, abnormality on brain imaging or a specific pattern of disrupted muscle activity. Alternatively, you may have been diagnosed with a functional movement disorder—which can present with similar symptoms, but result from changes in the way the brain is processing signals (a ‘software’ rather than a ‘hardware’ problem). Their aim is to better understand aspects of how key brain functions are interacting in these disorders by analysing reactions during a decision-making task.
They have developed a computerised visual decision-making task in collaboration with their colleagues at Monash University. They aim to assess the responses of 40 people with different movement disorders (“patients”)—half with organic and half with functional disorders of movement—and 20 people without a movement disorder (“controls”) in order to help them further understand how the brain is processing information in these conditions.
They are looking for both people with and without movement/ motor disorders, so if any friends or partners also want to participate that would be more than welcome. They can be flexible with attendance dates and times.
Study Contact Person: Dr Jen Nagao, Neurology Doctor and Study Coordinator by telephone on 0421 698 380 or email at Jennifer.Nagao@monashhealth.org
For further details please refer to the flyer and the Participant Information Sheet.