Physiologic Approach to Human Tics - Tic Detector


People with Tourette syndrome have multiple tics, which are involuntary movements or sounds. Doctors and researchers need to measure the tics in order to properly treat and study tics. Currently, the tools used to measure tics either rely on the memory of the person with tics or uses a short video taken in the clinic. Unfortunately, tics tend to change over time, and people with tics usually suppress their tics when they are in the clinic.

This study will try to improve the measurement of tics. The purpose of this research study is to determine if we can use muscle activity to detect tics involving the arms, legs and back. We will use simple skin stickers that can record the activity of the muscles.


  • Study team will place small sensors to the front and back of your arms, upper part of legs, you shoulders and the middle of your back. These are painless sensors that stick to your skin (like stickers). As you perform various assessments, the sensors will detect your tics and your movement.
  • You will also be asked to provide information such as medical history, complete questionnaires related to mood, energy level and attention to detail and participate in tasks with the sensors on.

For additional details about study procedures, please contact Wissam Deeb:


  • Diagnosis of Tourette syndrome
  • At least one motor tic involving the axial or appendicular muscles

For additional details about eligibility criteria, please contact Wissam Deeb:


18 and under
18 to 65
65 and over



Monetary compensation


Can be done from home



Tourette Syndrome, Neurology

Principal Investigator

Wissam Deeb, MD



Contact Information

(352) 273-9600

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