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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been proposed as an adjuvant technique to improve functional recovery after ischaemic stroke. This study evaluated the effect of tDCS over the left frontotemporal areas in eight chronic non-fluent post-stroke aphasic patients. The protocol consisted of the assessment of picture naming (accuracy and response(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the cognitive effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the temporoparietal areas in patients with Alzheimer disease (AD). METHODS In 10 patients with probable AD, we delivered anodal tDCS (AtDCS), cathodal tDCS (CtDCS), and sham tDCS (StDCS) over the temporoparietal areas in three sessions. In each session(More)
How the cerebellum is involved in the practice and proficiency of non-motor functions is still unclear. We tested whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the cerebellum (cerebellar tDCS) induces after-effects on the practice-dependent increase in the proficiency of a working memory (WM) task (Sternberg test) in 13 healthy subjects. We(More)
Neuromuscular fatigue is the exercise-dependent decrease in the ability of muscle fibres to generate force. To investigate whether manipulation of brain excitability by transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS; 1.5 mA, 10 min, 0.026 C/cm(2)) modulates neuromuscular fatigue, we evaluated the effect of brain polarization over the right motor areas of the(More)
OBJECTIVE Invasive stimulation of the spinal cord is used to treat a number of pathological conditions. Aiming to modulate human spinal cord function non-invasively, we evaluated whether transcutaneous direct current (DC) stimulation induces long-lasting changes in conduction along the sensory spinal pathways. METHODS Somatosensory evoked potentials(More)
How deep brain stimulation (DBS) acts and how the brain responds to it remains unclear. To investigate the mechanisms involved, we analyzed changes in local field potentials from the subthalamic area (STN-LFPs) recorded through the deep brain macroelectrode during monopolar DBS of the subthalamic nucleus area (STN-DBS) in a group of eight patients (16(More)
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive neuromodulation technique inducing prolonged brain excitability changes and promoting cerebral plasticity, is a promising option for neurorehabilitation. Here, we review progress in research on tDCS and language functions and on the potential role of tDCS in the treatment of post-stroke aphasia.(More)
Local field potentials (LFPs) recorded through electrodes implanted in the subthalamic nucleus (STN) for deep brain stimulation (DBS) in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) show that oscillations in the beta frequency range (8-20 Hz) decrease after levodopa intake. Whether and how DBS influences the beta oscillations and whether levodopa- and DBS-induced(More)
We investigated gender-differences in clinical phenomenology and response to deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in a group of patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). Thirty-eight consecutive patients with PD (22 men and 16 women), bilaterally implanted for DBS of the STN, were evaluated 1 month before and 11 to 14 months(More)
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a technique for central neuromodulation, has been recently proposed as possible treatment in several neurological and psychiatric diseases. Although shifts on focal brain excitability have been proposed to explain the clinical effects of tDCS, how tDCS-induced functional changes influence cortical(More)