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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107684/non-invasive-brain-stimulation-targeting-the-right-fusiform-gyrus-selectively-increases-working-memory-for-faces
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Tad T Brunyé, Joseph M Moran, Amanda Holmes, Caroline R Mahoney, Holly A Taylor
The human extrastriate cortex contains a region critically involved in face detection and memory, the right fusiform gyrus. The present study evaluated whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) targeting this anatomical region would selectively influence memory for faces versus non-face objects (houses). Anodal tDCS targeted the right fusiform gyrus (Brodmann's Area 37), with the anode at electrode site PO10, and cathode at FP2. Two stimulation conditions were compared in a repeated-measures design: 0...
January 17, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104085/direct-current-stimulation-modulates-ltp-and-ltd-activity-dependence-and-dendritic-effects
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Greg Kronberg, Morgan Bridi, Ted Abel, Marom Bikson, Lucas C Parra
BACKGROUND: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been reported to improve various forms of learning in humans. Stimulation is often applied during training, producing lasting enhancements that are specific to the learned task. These learning effects are thought to be mediated by altered synaptic plasticity. However, the effects of DCS during the induction of endogenous synaptic plasticity remain largely unexplored. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: Here we are interested in the effects of DCS applied during synaptic plasticity induction...
January 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099522/anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-shows-minimal-measure-specific-effects-on-dynamic-postural-control-in-young-and-older-adults-a-double-blind-sham-controlled-study
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Chesney E Craig, Michail Doumas
We investigated whether stimulating the cerebellum and primary motor cortex (M1) using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could affect postural control in young and older adults. tDCS was employed using a double-blind, sham-controlled design, in which young (aged 18-35) and older adults (aged 65+) were assessed over three sessions, one for each stimulatory condition-M1, cerebellar and sham. The effect of tDCS on postural control was assessed using a sway-referencing paradigm, which induced platform rotations in proportion to the participant's body sway, thus assessing sensory reweighting processes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094034/dynamical-representation-of-dominance-relationships-in-the-human-rostromedial-prefrontal-cortex
#4
Romain Ligneul, Ignacio Obeso, Christian C Ruff, Jean-Claude Dreher
Humans and other primates have evolved the ability to represent their status in the group's social hierarchy, which is essential for avoiding harm and accessing resources. Yet it remains unclear how the human brain learns dominance status and adjusts behavior accordingly during dynamic social interactions. Here we address this issue with a combination of fMRI and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). In a first fMRI experiment, participants learned an implicit dominance hierarchy while playing a competitive game against three opponents of different skills...
December 5, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092575/a-cmos-current-steering-neurostimulation-array-with-integrated-dac-calibration-and-charge-balancing
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Elliot Greenwald, Christoph Maier, Qihong Wang, Robert Beaulieu, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Gert Cauwenberghs, Nitish Thakor
An 8-channel current steerable, multi-phasic neural stimulator with on-chip current DAC calibration and residue nulling for precise charge balancing is presented. Each channel consists of two sub-binary radix DACs followed by wide-swing, high output impedance current buffers providing time-multiplexed source and sink outputs for anodic and cathodic stimulation. A single integrator is shared among channels and serves to calibrate DAC coefficients and to closely match the anodic and cathodic stimulation phases...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089321/a-single-session-of-prefrontal-cortex-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-does-not-modulate-implicit-task-sequence-learning-and%C3%A2-consolidation
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Branislav Savic, René Müri, Beat Meier
BACKGROUND: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is assumed to affect cortical excitability and dependent on the specific stimulation conditions either to increase or decrease learning. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to modulate implicit task sequence learning with tDCS. METHODS: As cortico-striatal loops are critically involved in implicit task sequence learning, tDCS was applied above the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)...
January 4, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088713/the-effects-of-utterance-timing-and-stimulation-of-left-prefrontal-cortex-on-the-production-of-referential-expressions
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Jennifer E Arnold, Nazbanou Nozari
We examined the relationship between the timing of utterance initiation and the choice of referring expressions, e.g., pronouns (it), zeros (…and went down), or descriptive NPs (the pink pentagon). We examined language production in healthy adults, and used anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to test the involvement of the left prefrontal cortex (PFC) in the timing of utterance production and the selection of reference forms in a discourse context. Twenty-two subjects (11 anodal, 11sham) described fast-paced actions, e...
January 12, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070964/redox-flow-batteries-from-metals-to-organic-redox-active-materials
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REVIEW
Jan Winsberg, Tino Hagemann, Tobias Janoschka, Martin D Hager, Ulrich S Schubert
Research on redox-flow batteries (RFBs) is currently experiencing a significant upturn, stimulated by the growing need to store increasing quantities of sustainably generated electrical energy. RFBs are promising candidates for the creation of smart grids, particularly when combined with photovoltaics and wind farms. To achieve the goal of "green", safe, and cost-efficient energy storage, research has shifted from metal-based materials to organic active materials in recent years. This Review presents an overview of various flow-battery systems...
January 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069940/all-carbon-based-porous-topological-semimetal-for-li-ion-battery-anode-material
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Junyi Liu, Shuo Wang, Qiang Sun
Topological state of matter and lithium batteries are currently two hot topics in science and technology. Here we combine these two by exploring the possibility of using all-carbon-based porous topological semimetal for lithium battery anode material. Based on density-functional theory and the cluster-expansion method, we find that the recently identified topological semimetal bco-C16 is a promising anode material with higher specific capacity (Li-C4) than that of the commonly used graphite anode (Li-C6), and Li ions in bco-C16 exhibit a remarkable one-dimensional (1D) migration feature, and the ion diffusion channels are robust against the compressive and tensile strains during charging/discharging...
January 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069925/cerebellar-tdcs-modulates-neural-circuits-during-semantic-prediction-a-combined-tdcs-fmri-study
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Anila M D'Mello, Peter E Turkeltaub, Catherine J Stoodley
: It has been proposed that the cerebellum acquires internal models of mental processes that enable prediction, allowing for the optimization of behavior. In language, semantic prediction speeds speech production and comprehension. Right cerebellar lobules VI and VII (including Crus I/II) are engaged during a variety of language processes and are functionally connected with cerebral cortical language networks. Further, right posterolateral cerebellar neuromodulation modifies behavior during predictive language processing...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062255/differential-effects-of-bihemispheric-and-unihemispheric-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-young-and-elderly-adults-in-verbal-learning
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Valentina Fiori, Michael Nitsche, Luigi Iasevoli, Gabriella Cucuzza, Carlo Caltagirone, Paola Marangolo
For the past few years, the potential of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for the treatment of several pathologies has been investigated. In the language domain, several studies, in healthy and brain-damaged populations, have already shown that tDCS is effective in enhancing naming, repetition and semantic word generation. In those studies, different tDCS electrode configurations have been tested, however, a direct comparison between different montages in verbal learning has never been conducted...
January 3, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059801/repeated-anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-induces-neural-plasticity-associated-gene-expression-in-the-rat-cortex-and-hippocampus
#12
Min Sun Kim, Ho Koo, Sang Who Han, Walter Paulus, Michael A Nitsche, Yun-Hee Kim, Jin A Yoon, Yong-Il Shin
BACKGROUND: Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (A-tDCS) induces a long-lasting increase in cortical excitability that can increase gene transcription in the brain. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the expression of genes related to activity-dependent neuronal plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex and hippocampus of young Sprague-Dawley rats following A-tDCS. METHODS: We applied A-tDCS over the right sensorimotor cortex epicranially with a circular electrode (3 mm diameter) at 250 μA for 20 min per day for 7 consecutive days...
January 4, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057449/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-improves-visual-acuity-in-amblyopic-long-evans-rats
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S Castaño-Castaño, A G Moll, M Morales, E Fernadez, F Sanchez-Santed, F Nieto-Escamez
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) has proved to increase brain cortex plasticity and different models of brain damage. In this work, we have analyzed the effects of tDCS in an experimental model of amblyopia using Long-Evans rats. Animals were monocularly deprived between 12 and 75 postnatal days and visual cortex contralateral to the deprived eye was stimulated using anodal tDCS during 8 days (20 min/day). The effects of tDCS treatment on the visual function were evaluated by using the optomotor reflex of the animals as a measure of visual acuity...
January 2, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054149/a-model-of-electrically-stimulated-auditory-nerve-fiber-responses-with-peripheral-and-central-sites-of-spike-generation
#14
Suyash Narendra Joshi, Torsten Dau, Bastian Epp
A computational model of cat auditory nerve fiber (ANF) responses to electrical stimulation is presented. The model assumes that (1) there exist at least two sites of spike generation along the ANF and (2) both an anodic (positive) and a cathodic (negative) charge in isolation can evoke a spike. A single ANF is modeled as a network of two exponential integrate-and-fire point-neuron models, referred to as peripheral and central axons of the ANF. The peripheral axon is excited by the cathodic charge, inhibited by the anodic charge, and exhibits longer spike latencies than the central axon; the central axon is excited by the anodic charge, inhibited by the cathodic charge, and exhibits shorter spike latencies than the peripheral axon...
January 4, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042984/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-modulates-offline-visual-oscillatory-activity-a-magnetoencephalography-study
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Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Timothy J McDermott, Mackenzie S Mills, Nathan M Coolidge, Tony W Wilson
Transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive neuromodulatory method that involves delivering low amplitude, direct current to specific regions of the brain. While a wealth of literature shows changes in behavior and cognition following tDCS administration, the underlying neuronal mechanisms remain largely unknown. Neuroimaging studies have generally used fMRI and shown only limited consensus to date, while the few electrophysiological studies have reported mostly null or counterintuitive findings...
December 7, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039551/single-session-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-induces-enduring-enhancement-of-visual-processing-speed-in-patients-with-major-depression
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Nadine Gögler, Lina Willacker, Johanna Funk, Wolfgang Strube, Simon Langgartner, Natan Napiórkowski, Alkomiet Hasan, Kathrin Finke
Attentional deficits are considered key cognitive symptoms in major depressive disorder (MDD) arising from abnormal activation patterns within dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) alertness networks. Altering these activity patterns with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) might thus ameliorate alertness-dependent cognitive deficits in MDD patients. In a double-blind, randomized, sham-controlled study, we investigated the effect of a single session of anodal tDCS (2 mA) applied to the left dlPFC on different parameters of visual attention based on Bundesen's theory of visual attention (Psychol Rev 97(4):523-547, 1990) in a group of 20 patients with MDD and a control group of 20 healthy participants...
December 30, 2016: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039022/a-single-blind-randomized-control-trial-of-adjunctive-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-tdcs-for-chronic-pain-among-patients-receiving-specialized-inpatient-multimodal-pain-management
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G Janice Jimenez-Torres, Benjamin L Weinstein, Cory R Walker, J Christopher Fowler, Philippa Ashford, Jeffrey J Borckardt, Alok Madan
Available treatments for chronic pain (CP) are modestly effective or associated with iatrogenic harm. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a minimally-invasive brain stimulation technique that may be an effective, adjunctive treatment to non-opioid therapies. In this randomized control trial (RCT), we compare adjunctive active versus sham tDCS among patients in a multimodal inpatient pain management program. The primary objectives of the RCT are to improve pain tolerance and subjective pain experience METHODS AND DESIGN: Patients admitted to the Pain Management Program at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas are eligible for this trial...
December 27, 2016: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035636/neuromodulation-can-reduce-aggressive-behavior-elicited-by-violent-video-games
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Paolo Riva, Alessandro Gabbiadini, Leonor J Romero Lauro, Luca Andrighetto, Chiara Volpato, Brad J Bushman
Research has shown that exposure to violent media increases aggression. However, the neural underpinnings of violent-media-related aggression are poorly understood. Additionally, few experiments have tested hypotheses concerning how to reduce violent-media-related aggression. In this experiment, we focused on a brain area involved in the regulation of aggressive impulses-the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (rVLPFC). We tested the hypothesis that brain polarization through anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over rVLPFC reduces aggression related to violent video games...
December 29, 2016: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033506/preconditioning-tdcs-facilitates-subsequent-tdcs-effect-on-skill-acquisition-in-older-adults
#19
Hakuei Fujiyama, Mark R Hinder, Azadeh Barzideh, Charis Van de Vijver, Andreea C Badache, Maria Nathalya Manrique-C, Paola Reissig, Xue Zhang, Oron Levin, Jeffery J Summers, Stephan P Swinnen
Functional motor declines that often occur with advancing age-including reduced efficacy to learn new skills-can have a substantial impact on the quality of life. Recent studies using noninvasive brain stimulation indicate that priming the corticospinal system by lowering the threshold for the induction of long-term potentiation-like plasticity before skill training may facilitate subsequent skill learning. Here, we used "priming" protocol, in which we used transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) applying the cathode over the primary motor cortex (M1) before the anode placed over M1 during unimanual isometric force control training (FORCEtraining)...
December 1, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031400/spinal-cord-direct-current-stimulation-differentially-modulates-neuronal-activity-in-the-dorsal-and-ventral-spinal-cord
#20
Weiguo Song, John H Martin
Spinal cord direct current stimulation (sDCS) has the potential for promoting motor function after injury through its modulatory actions on sensory processing, reflex functions, the motor cortex (M1) motor map, and motor output. Here we addressed systems-level mechanisms underlying sDCS neuromodulation of spinal circuits activated by M1 and peripheral forelimb electrical stimulation in anesthetized healthy rats. We determined the effects of cathodal and anodal sDCS (c- and a-sDCS) on local field potentials (LFP) and single-unit activity recorded at 32 sites simultaneously within the 6th cervical segment using a silicon multi-electrode array...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
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