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Swinburne University: Brain response to transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) in healthy people and in those with major depressive disorder

Volunteers with Major Depressive Disorder ages between 18 and 75 years are required for a research study being conducted at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. This is a study looking at the neural activations elicited by transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS).

Using a gentle electrical stimulus applied to nerve distributions in the ear, tVNS is a safe and non-invasive means of stimulating neural pathways in the brain. You will be asked to fill out a series of initial interviews and questionnaires over the phone to determine if you meet the criteria for the study. During the study you will be connected to testing neuroimaging equipment used to measure brain function while we use a low level of electrical  stimulation to activate nerves in your ear.

The session will take approximately 2 hours and you will be reimbursed $150 for your participation.

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