Assessing the Physiologic Effect of taVNS During a Cold Pressor Test

Date Added
September 7th, 2021
PRO Number
Pro00113453
Researcher
Christopher Austelle

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Keywords
Anxiety, Stress Disorders
Summary

This study explores the use of transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS), a new form of neuromodulation which stimulates the ear. 24 healthy subjects without a past medical or psychiatric history will be recruited to participate in a phone screen followed by 1 lab visit. During the lab visit, subjects will participate twice in a validated stress induction technique called the cold pressor test, while concurrently receiving either active or sham taVNS. The cold pressor test consists of subjects placing their feet in an ice bath for a short period of time. Researchers will measure participant's body's responses (heart rate and blood pressure), while they receive taVNS (ear stimulation) and participate in the cold pressor test. Assessments of mood, anxiety, and stress will be collected at the beginning and end of the visit.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Christopher Austelle
843-792-2872
austelle@musc.edu



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