Donel M. Martin

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BACKGROUND Preliminary evidence suggests transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has antidepressant efficacy. AIMS To further investigate the efficacy of tDCS in a double-blind, sham-controlled trial (registered at NCT00763230). METHOD Sixty-four participants with current depression received active or sham anodal tDCS to(More)
Two recent sham-controlled studies found that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) was an effective treatment for depression. As tDCS is painless, relatively safe and inexpensive, its efficacy in treating depression warrants further investigation. This double-blind, randomized study tested tDCS at the same stimulation parameters as a previous(More)
BACKGROUND Several recent trials have reported transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to be effective in treating depression, though the relative benefits of different electrode montages remain unexplored. Whereas all recent studies have used a bifrontal (BF) electrode montage, studies published in the 1960s and 1970s placed one electrode in an(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence from recent clinical trials suggests that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) may have potential in treating neuropsychiatric disorders. However, the optimal frequency at which tDCS sessions should be administered is unknown. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS This study investigated the effects of daily or second daily tDCS sessions on(More)
The capacity for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to increase learning and cognition shows promise for the development of enhanced therapeutic interventions. One potential application is the combination of tDCS with cognitive training (CT), a psychological intervention which aims to improve targeted cognitive abilities. We have previously(More)
OBJECTIVES Recent evidence suggests that declining testosterone levels in ageing males may be associated with both normal and pathological cognitive ageing. The aim of the present analyses was to investigate whether endogenous gonadal steroid levels in males mediate or moderate the associations between age and performance on neuropsychological measures of(More)
Computer-administered cognitive training (CT) tasks are a common component of cognitive remediation treatments. There is growing evidence that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), when given during cognitive tasks, improves performance. This randomized, controlled trial explored the potential synergistic effects of CT combined with tDCS in(More)
Several lines of evidence suggest that neuroplasticity is impaired in depression. This study aimed to compare neuroplasticity in 23 subjects with DSM-IV major depressive episode and 23 age- and gender-matched healthy controls, using an objective test that is independent of subject effort and motivation. Neuroplasticity was assessed in the motor cortex using(More)
Interest is rapidly developing in transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as an emerging tool in neurology and psychiatry. tDCS involves the application of weak, unidirectional currents through scalp electrodes to alter neuronal excitability, that may outlast the period of stimulation (Arul-Anandam & Loo, 2009). In addition to being a tool for(More)
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been shown to have antidepressant efficacy in patients experiencing a major depressive episode, but little is known about the underlying neurophysiology. The purpose of our study was to investigate the acute effects of tDCS on cortical activity using electroencephalography (EEG) in patients with an(More)