The findings of the study were scheduled to be presented at the First World Congress on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders in London, UK.
Medical News Today reported that for the study, the subjects completed a task that was designed to prompt activity in the supplementary motor region of the brain. The task involved responding to the color of an arrow that was pointing to the left or the right.
The researchers observed overactivity in this motor region, and there were deficits in the appropriate selection and preparation of the subjects physical responses.
After this, the participants with Tourette syndrome received cognitive behavior therapy and then later repeated the task. The researchers found that not only were the Tourette syndrome tics reduced, but the brain functioning of the participants in the supplementary motor region was similar to that of participants without Tourette syndrome.
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