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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469001/cerebellar-patients-do-not-benefit-from-cerebellar-or-m1-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-during-force-field-reaching-adaptation
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Thomas Hulst, Liane John, Michael Küper, Jos N van der Geest, Sophia L Göricke, Opher Donchin, Dagmar Timmann
Several studies have identified transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as a potential tool in the rehabilitation of cerebellar disease. Here, we tested whether tDCS could alleviate motor impairments of subjects with cerebellar degeneration. Three groups took part in this study: twenty individuals with cerebellar degeneration, twenty age-matched controls and thirty young controls. A standard reaching task with force field-perturbations was used to compare motor adaptation between groups and to measure the effect of stimulation of the cerebellum or primary motor cortex (M1)...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456902/cerebellar-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-ctdcs-impairs-balance-control-in-healthy-individuals
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Águida Foerster, Lorena Melo, Marina Mello, Rebeca Castro, Lívia Shirahige, Sérgio Rocha, Kátia Monte-Silva
The cerebellum plays an important role in the planning, initiation and stability of movements, as well as in postural control and balance. Modulation of neural regions underlying balance control may be a potential alternative to treat balance impairments in cerebellar patients. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive and safe tool capable to modulate cerebellar activity. We aim to investigate the effects of cerebellar tDCS (ctDCS) on postural balance in healthy individuals. Fifteen healthy and right-handed subjects were submitted to three sessions of ctDCS (anodal, cathodal and sham), separated by at least 48 h...
April 29, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456901/what-do-we-know-about-the-influence-of-the-cerebellum-on-walking-ability-promising-findings-from-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation
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Antonino Naro, Demetrio Milardi, Alberto Cacciola, Margherita Russo, Francesca Sciarrone, Gianluca La Rosa, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
Several cerebellar functions related to upper limb motor control have been studied using non-invasive brain stimulation paradigms. We have recently shown that transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) may be a promising approach in shaping the plasticity of cerebellum-brain pathways in a safe and effective manner. This study aimed to assess whether cerebellar tACS at different frequencies may tune M1-leg excitability and modify gait control in healthy human subjects. To this end, we tested the effects of different cerebellar tACS frequencies over the right cerebellar hemisphere (at 10, 50, and 300 Hz, besides a sham-tACS) on M1-leg excitability, cerebellum-brain inhibition (CBI), and gait parameters in a sample of 25 healthy volunteers...
April 29, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385876/concurrent-tacs-fmri-reveals-causal-influence-of-power-synchronized-neural-activity-on-resting-state-fmri-connectivity
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Marc Bächinger, Valerio Zerbi, Marius Moisa, Rafael Polania, Quanying Liu, Dante Mantini, Christian Ruff, Nicole Wenderoth
Resting state fMRI (rs-fMRI) is commonly used to study the brain's intrinsic neural coupling, which reveals specific spatiotemporal patterns in the form of resting state networks (RSNs). It has been hypothesized that slow rs-fMRI oscillations (<0.1 Hz) are driven by underlying electrophysiological rhythms that typically occur at much faster timescales (>5 Hz); however, causal evidence for this relationship is currently lacking. Here we measured rs-fMRI in humans while applying transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) to entrain brain rhythms in left and right sensorimotor cortices...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385634/phonological-facilitation-in-picture-naming-when-and-where-a-tdcs-study
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Alberto Pisoni, Milena Cerciello, Zaira Cattaneo, Costanza Papagno
Phonological facilitation (PF) refers to a reduction of naming latencies when a phonologically related word is presented concurrently with the target picture, as compared to the presentation of phonologically unrelated words. According to spread of activation models of word production, this effect arises after lexical selection, during phonetic encoding, and is due to the co-activation of the phonemes shared by the target word and the distracter. Conversely, semantic interference (SI) is characterized by longer naming latencies when semantically related distracters are concurrently presented with the target picture...
June 3, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373927/non-invasive-brain-stimulation-for-essential-tremor
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REVIEW
Ludy C Shih, Alvaro Pascual-Leone
BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in the use of non-invasive brain stimulation to characterize and potentially treat essential tremor (ET). Studies have used a variety of stimulation coils, paradigms, and target locations to make these observations. We reviewed the literature to compare prior studies and to evaluate the rationale and the methods used in these studies. METHODS: We performed a systematic literature search of the PubMed database using the terms "transcranial," "noninvasive," "brain stimulation," "transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)," "transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)," "transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS)," and "essential tremor...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371170/state-of-the-art-novel-applications-for-cortical-stimulation
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REVIEW
Dirk De Ridder, Sanjaya Perera, Sven Vanneste
OBJECTIVE: Electrical stimulation via implanted electrodes that overlie the cortex of the brain is an upcoming neurosurgical technique that was hindered for a long time by insufficient knowledge of how the brain functions in a dynamic, physiological, and pathological way, as well as by technological limitations of the implantable stimulation devices. METHODS: This paper provides an overview of cortex stimulation via implantable devices and introduces future possibilities to improve cortex stimulation...
April 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348136/driving-human-motor-cortical-oscillations-leads-to-behaviorally-relevant-changes-in-local-gabaa-inhibition-a-tacs-tms-study
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Magdalena Nowak, Emily Hinson, Freek van Ede, Alek Pogosyan, Andrea Guerra, Andrew Quinn, Peter Brown, Charlotte J Stagg
Beta and gamma oscillations are the dominant oscillatory activity in the human motor cortex (M1). However, their physiological basis and precise functional significance remain poorly understood. Here, we used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to examine the physiological basis and behavioral relevance of driving beta and gamma oscillatory activity in the human M1 using transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). tACS was applied using a sham-controlled crossover design at individualized intensity for 20 min and TMS was performed at rest (before, during, and after tACS) and during movement preparation (before and after tACS)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323009/investigation-of-the-effects-of-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation-tacs-on-self-paced-rhythmic-movements
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Manuel Varlet, Alanna Wade, Giacomo Novembre, Peter E Keller
Human rhythmic movements spontaneously entrain to external rhythmic stimuli. Such sensory-motor entrainment can attract movements to different tempi and enhance their efficiency, with potential clinical applications for motor rehabilitation. Here we investigate whether entrainment of self-paced rhythmic movements can be induced via transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), which uses alternating currents to entrain spontaneous brain oscillations at specific frequencies. Participants swung a handheld pendulum at their preferred tempo with the right hand while tACS was applied over their left or right primary motor cortex at frequencies equal to their preferred tempo (Experiment 1) or in the alpha (10Hz) and beta (20Hz) ranges (Experiment 2)...
March 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322886/high-gamma-oscillations-in-the-motor-cortex-during-visuo-motor-coordination-a-tacs-interferential-study
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E Santarnecchi, A Biasella, E Tatti, A Rossi, D Prattichizzo, S Rossi
BACKGROUND: While the role of beta (∼20Hz), theta (∼5Hz) and alpha (∼10Hz) oscillations in the motor areas have been repeatedly associated with defined properties of motor performance, the investigation of gamma (∼40-90Hz) oscillatory activity is a more recent and still not fully understood component of motor control physiology, despite its potential clinical relevance for motor disorders. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: We have implemented an online neuromodulation paradigm based on transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) of the dominant motor cortex during a visuo-motor coordination task...
March 18, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288700/externally-induced-frontoparietal-synchronization-modulates-network-dynamics-and-enhances-working-memory-performance
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Ines R Violante, Lucia M Li, David W Carmichael, Romy Lorenz, Robert Leech, Adam Hampshire, John C Rothwell, David J Sharp
Cognitive functions such as working memory (WM) are emergent properties of large-scale network interactions. Synchronisation of oscillatory activity might contribute to WM by enabling the coordination of long-range processes. However, causal evidence for the way oscillatory activity shapes network dynamics and behavior in humans is limited. Here we applied transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) to exogenously modulate oscillatory activity in a right frontoparietal network that supports WM. Externally induced synchronization improved performance when cognitive demands were high...
March 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269179/projected-current-density-comparison-in-tdcs-block-and-smooth-fe-modeling
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Aprinda Indahlastari, Munish Chauhan, Rosalind J Sadleir
Current density distribution and projected current density calculation following transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) forward model in a human head were compared between two modeling pipelines: block and smooth. Block model was directly constructed from MRI voxel resolution and simulated in C. Smooth models underwent a boundary smoothing process by applying recursive Gaussian filters and simulated in COMSOL. Three smoothing levels were added to determine their effects on current density distribution compared to block models...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266930/open-ephys-electroencephalography-open-ephys%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-eeg-a-modular-low-cost-open-source-solution-to-human-neural-recording
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Christopher Black, Jakob Voigts, Uday Agrawal, Max Ladow, Juan Santoyo, Christopher Moore, Stephanie Jones
OBJECTIVE: Electroencephalography (EEG) offers a unique opportunity to study human neural activity non-invasively with millisecond resolution using minimal equipment in or outside of a lab setting. EEG can be combined with a number of techniques for closed-loop experiments, where external devices are driven by specific neural signals. However, reliable, commercially available EEG systems are expensive, often making them impractical for individual use and research development. Moreover, by design, a majority of these systems cannot be easily altered to the specification needed by the end user...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250567/feasibility-of-online-neuromodulation-using-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation-in-schizophrenia
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Vanteemar S Sreeraj, Vandita Shanbhag, Hema Nawani, Venkataram Shivakumar, Dinakaran Damodharan, Anushree Bose, Janardhanan C Narayanaswamy, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
Abnormalities in resting and event-related brain oscillations are known to be associated with cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) modulates these rhythms across the neuronal circuits and could have a potential therapeutic role in psychiatric disorders. In this report, we describe, for the first time, application of online tACS in a schizophrenia patient with working memory deficits. This case report supports the feasibility and potential utility of online tACS in schizophrenia, which needs further systematic research...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228580/probing-phase-and-frequency-dependent-characteristics-of-cortical-neurons-using-combined-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation-and-transcranial-magnetic
#15
Sara Jeanne Hussain, Nivethida Thirugnanasambandam
Paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and peripheral stimulation combined with TMS can be used to study cortical interneuronal circuitry. By combining these procedures with concurrent transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), Guerra and colleagues recently showed that different cortical interneuronal populations are differentially modulated by the phase and frequency of tACS-imposed oscillations (Guerra et al. 2016, Phase dependency of the human primary motor cortex and cholinergic inhibition cancellation during beta tACS, Cerebral Cortex 26:3977-2990)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227409/projected-current-density-comparison-in-tdcs-block-and-smooth-fe-modeling
#16
Aprinda Indahlastari, Munish Chauhan, Rosalind J Sadleir, Aprinda Indahlastari, Munish Chauhan, Rosalind J Sadleir, Aprinda Indahlastari, Munish Chauhan, Rosalind J Sadleir
Current density distribution and projected current density calculation following transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) forward model in a human head were compared between two modeling pipelines: block and smooth. Block model was directly constructed from MRI voxel resolution and simulated in C. Smooth models underwent a boundary smoothing process by applying recursive Gaussian filters and simulated in COMSOL. Three smoothing levels were added to determine their effects on current density distribution compared to block models...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217104/priming-neural-circuits-to-modulate-spinal-reflex-excitability
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Stephen P Estes, Jennifer A Iddings, Edelle C Field-Fote
While priming is most often thought of as a strategy for modulating neural excitability to facilitate voluntary motor control, priming stimulation can also be utilized to target spinal reflex excitability. In this application, priming can be used to modulate the involuntary motor output that often follows central nervous system injury. Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) often experience spasticity, for which antispasmodic medications are the most common treatment. Physical therapeutic/electroceutic interventions offer an alternative treatment for spasticity, without the deleterious side effects that can accompany pharmacological interventions...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203084/use-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-auditory-hallucinations-of-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Pedro H Pondé, Eduardo P de Sena, Joan A Camprodon, Arão Nogueira de Araújo, Mário F Neto, Melany DiBiasi, Abrahão Fontes Baptista, Lidia Mvr Moura, Camila Cosmo
INTRODUCTION: Auditory hallucinations are defined as experiences of auditory perceptions in the absence of a provoking external stimulus. They are the most prevalent symptoms of schizophrenia with high capacity for chronicity and refractoriness during the course of disease. The transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) - a safe, portable, and inexpensive neuromodulation technique - has emerged as a promising treatment for the management of auditory hallucinations. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to analyze the level of evidence in the literature available for the use of tDCS as a treatment for auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197084/transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation-tacs-enhances-mental-rotation-performance-during-and-after-stimulation
#19
Florian H Kasten, Christoph S Herrmann
Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) has been repeatedly demonstrated to modulate endogenous brain oscillations in a frequency specific manner. Thus, it is a promising tool to uncover causal relationships between brain oscillations and behavior or perception. While tACS has been shown to elicit a physiological aftereffect for up to 70 min, it remains unclear whether the effect can still be elicited if subjects perform a complex task interacting with the stimulated frequency band. In addition, it has not yet been investigated whether the aftereffect is behaviorally relevant...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159637/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-tms-responses-elicited-in-hindlimb-muscles-as-an-assessment-of-synaptic-plasticity-in-spino-muscular-circuitry-after-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
#20
Hayk A Petrosyan, Valentina Alessi, Sue A Sisto, Mark Kaufman, Victor L Arvanian
Electromagnetic stimulation applied at the cranial level, i.e. transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), is a technique for stimulation and neuromodulation used for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in clinical and research settings. Although recordings of TMS elicited motor-evoked potentials (MEP) are an essential diagnostic tool for spinal cord injured (SCI) patients, they are reliably recorded from arm, and not leg muscles. Mid-thoracic contusion is a common SCI that results in locomotor impairments predominantly in legs...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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