Applications of transcranial direct current stimulation for understanding brain function

Filmer, Hannah L., Dux, Paul E. and Mattingley, Jason B. (2014) Applications of transcranial direct current stimulation for understanding brain function. Trends in Neurosciences, 37 12: 742-753. doi:10.1016/j.tins.2014.08.003

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Author Filmer, Hannah L.
Dux, Paul E.
Mattingley, Jason B.
Title Applications of transcranial direct current stimulation for understanding brain function
Journal name Trends in Neurosciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0166-2236
Publication date 2014-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tins.2014.08.003
Open Access Status
Volume 37
Issue 12
Start page 742
End page 753
Total pages 12
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract In recent years there has been an exponential rise in the number of studies employing transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as a means of gaining a systems-level understanding of the cortical substrates underlying behaviour. These advances have allowed inferences to be made regarding the neural operations that shape perception, cognition, and action. Here we summarise how tDCS works, and show how research using this technique is expanding our understanding of the neural basis of cognitive and motor training. We also explain how oscillatory tDCS can elucidate the role of fluctuations in neural activity, in both frequency and phase, in perception, learning, and memory. Finally, we highlight some key methodological issues for tDCS and suggest how these can be addressed.
Keyword TDCS
Neural oscillations
Prefrontal cortex
Neural processes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 2 September 2014.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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