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Exercise effects on cognitive functioning in young adults with first-episode psychosis: FitForLife.

Authors: Ekblom Ö, Firth J, Forsell Y, Hallgren M, Schembri A, Skott M

Journal: Psychological Medicine

DOI: 10.1017/S0033291718001022

Year Published: 2018

BACKGROUND: Exercise has mood-enhancing effects and can improve cognitive functioning, but the effects in first-episode psychosis (FEP) remain understudied. We examined the feasibility and cognitive effects of exercise in FEP. METHOD: Multi-center, open-label intervention study. Ninety-one outpatients with FEP (mean age = 30 years, 65% male) received usual care plus a 12-week supervised circuit-training program, […]

Stimulating cognition in schizophrenia: A controlled pilot study of the effects of prefrontal transcranial direct current stimulation upon memory and learning.

Authors: Collier T, Dolan H, Hodsoll J, Joyce D, Orlov ND, Patel S, Rodzinka-Pasko J, Rothwell J, Shergill SS, Tracy DK

Journal: Brain Stimulation

Volume & Issue: 10 & 3

Page No.: 560-566

DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2016.12.013

Year Published: 2017

BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia is characterized by prominent cognitive deficits, impacting on memory and learning; these are strongly associated with the prefrontal cortex. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: To combine two interventions, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the prefrontal cortex and cognitive training, to examine change in cognitive performance in patients with schizophrenia. METHODS: A double blind, sham-controlled pilot study […]