Volume 20, Issue 5 (8-2017)                   J Arak Uni Med Sci 2017, 20(5): 38-47 | Back to browse issues page

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Ebadi M, Hoseini F, Pahlevan F, Esmaeilzade Akhoundi M, Farhadi V, Asqari R. The effectiveness of Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on working memory in patients with major depression. J Arak Uni Med Sci. 2017; 20 (5) :38-47
URL: http://amuj.arakmu.ac.ir/article-1-5110-en.html
M.Sc in Clinical Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran , ebadimahbube@gmail.com
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Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on working memory in patients with major depression.

Materials and Methods: The research method was quasi-experimental with pretest and post-test and follow-up with control group. The research population comprised female outpatient referrals to private psychiatric centers and psychological counseling centers in Tehran in the first half of 2016, They had received a diagnosis of depression by a psychiatrist at least once. Of these, 30 females were selected as a sample group with convenience sampling method and based on the criteria of inclusion and exclusion and were divided randomly into two groups , experimental (n = 15) and control (n = 15) group. The experimental group received transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in 10 sessions, While this intervention was not provided to the control group. The data were collected by N-BACK. Analysis of variance with repeated measurments was used to test the research hypothesis.

Results: The results showed that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) had a significant effect on increasing working memory and the impact will continue to follow up.

Conclusion: Therefore, this approach can be used to improve working memory in people with major depression.

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Type of Study: Original Atricle | Subject: psychology
Received: 2017/05/16 | Accepted: 2017/07/11 | Published: 2017/07/22

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