Research Study

The acute effects of a Combined Yoga and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Neurophysiological Markers
Principal Investigator 
Fidel Vila-Rodriguez


Body Locations and Systems 
Men's and Women's Health
Disorders and Conditions 
Mental Health and Behaviour
Study Start/End 
Jul 14, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
UBC Hospital
Jennifer Brown/Study Coordinator
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

tDCS (transcranial Direct Current Stimulation) is a brain stimulation technique that involves passing a very low current through the scalp to change the excitability of underlying brain regions. Moreover, yoga and meditation have recently gained popularity for their proposed health benefits. This study seeks to investigate whether there is a combined effect of yoga, meditation, and tDCS on cognition.

Recruitment poster

  • You are 18 to 35 years of age.
  • You have two years or more of yoga experience
  • You do not have any history of psychiatric illness and are in good health
  • You are not currently using hormonal birth control
  • You are willing to undergo tDCS and brain scans
  • You are willing to abstain from alcohol, drugs, and caffeine during the study

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