RU 2698, Subproject 06: Induced tic-like behavior in healthy controls versus tics in GTS – context and determinants

  • Münte, Thomas (Principal Investigator (PI))
  • Roessner, Veit (Principal Investigator (PI))

    Project: DFG ProjectsDFG Joint Research: Research Units/ Clinical Research Units

    Project Details


    This project seeks to develop a new paradigm to induce tic-like behavior, in particular cursing expressions (CE), serving as a proxy for coprolalic tics (CT), in healthy control participants and patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) and to examine neural similarities and differences between CE and CT in GTS. Referring to the Theory of Event Coding (TEC) framework and the concept of event files, the overall hypothesis of this project is that CE represent prefabricated actions, stored in event files that can be triggered by anger, stress, pain or other antecedents in situations of daily life. We assume the same to be the case for CT. The project follows a three-step approach. First, we will devise new paradigms for the elicitation of CE. Based on the observation that frustration in computer games leads to CE in many players, we propose to test three different paradigms with similarities to computer games for this purpose. Second, the neural antecedents of CE will be assessed using electrophysiological (event-related potentials, time-frequency analysis, coherence analysis, connectivity analysis) and hemodynamic measures (functional near infrared spectroscopy, fNIRS; fMRI). In a third step, neural signatures of CE and CT will be compared to each other and with voluntarily uttered phrases of similar content, hypothesizing that CE and CT are more similar to each other than to voluntarily uttered phrases. This analysis will be performed using methods from representational similarity analysis.
    Effective start/end date01.01.18 → …

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Research Areas and Centers

    • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)

    DFG Research Classification Scheme

    • 206-10 Clinical Psychiatry, Psychotherapy amd Paediatric and Juvenile Psychiatrie
    • 206-07 Clinical Neurology Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology
    • 206-08 Cognitive and Systemic Human Neuroscience
    • 206-04 Cognitive, Systemic and Behavioural Neurobiology


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