Shelly-Ann McMorris

Purpose of Project
Drug treatments for conditions like Tourette Syndrome and ADHD can be effective in some cases, but they typically involve strong side effects and poor long-term prognostic.  Scientists at McGill University who specialize in the study of attention are developing a novel brain-training method that has been shown to reduce pain and the symptoms of different involuntary behaviour conditions. This exploratory procedure is safe, effortless, non-invasive, and drug-free. It draws on research examining the brain mechanisms involved in healing, hypnosis, mindfulness, and a positive mindset.

The popular science Mind Field TV series will be involved in the first phase of this project, and participating families must agree to be filmed and appear in a documentary.

Who Can Participate?
We are looking for children and youths who:
1.  have been diagnosed with Tourette or ADHD
2. are between the ages of 7 and 12 years
3. are seeking alternatives to medication
4. live in the greater Montreal, QC area

What is involved?
Study participation involves…

  1. An initial phone interview with our research team to determine eligibility and brief parents on the procedure
  2. Bringing your child to our lab at McGill University in Montreal two to three times, two weeks to one month apart.  You will be reimbursed for travel and parking expenses.
  3. Session 1: Your child will undergo a medical interview to help us tailor the program to your child’s needs, followed by a suggestion procedure involving neuroscience technology
  4.  Session 2: Your child will receive a free smartwatch programmed to send them reminders of their progress

You will be told the results from your child’s participation in our study 4 to 6 weeks after your 2nd session.

Location of Study
McGill University
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Department of Psychiatry
Duff Medical Building

How Can I Join This Study?
If you or anyone you know might be interested in participating you can email us at

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