New Research Study Opportunity – Emotion processing in patients with Functional Neurological Symptoms


Have you been diagnosed with a Functional Neurological Symptom? Help us to find out more by participating in our study!

Title of the project: Emotion processing in patients with Functional Neurological Symptoms.

We are currently conducting a research study at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the University of Sheffield, which examines the causes of Functional Neurological Symptoms. You can participate in this study by completing a series of online questionnaires.

Who can take part?
We are inviting people who have been diagnosed with Functional Neurological Symptoms (e.g. Nonepileptic Attack Disorder/ Dissociative Seizures/ Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures, functional tremor, functional weakness, functional pain) to take part in this study. To participate you must be aged 18 years or above, be literate in English, able to complete the online questionnaires, and able to give informed consent. You cannot take part if you have been diagnosed with another neurological condition (e.g. multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy) which partially explains your symptoms.

Why should I take part?
Helping us to find out more about the kinds of emotions that patients with Functional Neurological Symptoms experience will help clinicians to better understand and treat these symptoms.

What will happen to me if I take part?
This study has two stages: Stage 1 involves filling in online questionnaires about your symptoms and the way you feel. This should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. Stage 2 is a lab-based study in which participants take part in a series of simple experiments. Stage 2 of this study will be completed at the University of Sheffield. You can only take part in Stage 1 or decide not to participate at all.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?
Isobel Williams (PhD researcher)
Address: N125b Academic Neurology Unit, University of Sheffield, Royal Hallamshire Hospital
c/o The Medical School, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield, S10 2RX.
Phone: 01142 713006
Email: /

If you would like to read more information about or take part in Stage 1 of the study, please follow this link: Emotion Processing in Patients with Functional Neurological Disorder (STH19082).