Precision Transcranial Electric Stimulation for the Therapy of Cognitive Impairment (TravelingTES)

  • End date
    Jan 21, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Minnesota
Updated on 21 October 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers


This study will assess the impact of traveling wave transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) on working memory performance in adults.


Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) can non-invasively alter neuroelectric activity in the brain by applying weak time-varying electric currents via the scalp. Complex patterns of electric brain activity can take the form of traveling waves - spatially coherent brain rhythms that gradually propagate through the neocortex. Traveling waves are crucial for the temporal coordination of informational flow in the brain. Using the novel traveling-wave transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) approach, the investigators will explore the effects of frontal-to-parietal and parietal-to-frontal traveling waves on working memory performance and brain electrophysiology in adults.

Condition Working Memory
Treatment Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05399381
SponsorUniversity of Minnesota
Last Modified on21 October 2022


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Age between 18 and 45 years old
Confident level of English language

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History or evidence of chronic neurological or mental disorder
Metal or electric implant in the head, neck, or chest area
History of head injuries with loss of consciousness
Any acute or chronic medical condition that requires ongoing pharmacological treatment
Pregnancy or breast-feeding
Alcohol or drug addiction
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