M-A Vanderhasselt

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Although negative results have been reported, an important aspect of the physiology of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) could be related to the endocrinological response of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, such as cortisol secretion. Because endocrinological responses are influenced by anxiety states, this could influence(More)
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) studies investigating brain imaging correlates of emotion modulation in healthy volunteers can improve our understanding of the 'affective' impact of this application. In this fMRI study, we focused on lateralized amygdala functioning when processing salient emotional visual stimuli after one(More)
OBJECTIVE High Frequency repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (HF-rTMS) has yielded divergent results concerning its effect on mood in normal volunteers. In a former study, we were unable to demonstrate negative mood effects after one session of HF-rTMS on the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) in a large group of healthy female volunteers:(More)
OBJECTIVE Although left dorsolateral prefrontal cortical (DLPFC) repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is used to treat major depression, its underlying neurophysiological working mechanism remains to be determined. Prior research suggested that the clinical effects could be mediated by affecting the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence suggests that repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) might be a promising new treatment procedure for depression. However, underlying working mechanisms of this technique are yet unclear. Multiple sessions of rTMS may--apart from the reported antidepressant effects--cause(More)
BACKGROUND High Frequency repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (HF-rTMS) is currently used as an experimental tool to induce mood changes in normal volunteers and as a treatment option for depression. However, HF-rTMS, mostly performed on the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), has yielded divergent results and effects on mood which seem to(More)
BACKGROUND Prior research in substance dependence has suggested potential anti-craving effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) when applied to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). However, no single sham-controlled session studies applied to the right DLPFC have been carried-out in recently detoxified alcohol-dependent(More)
AIMS As alcohol dependency is characterized by severe executive function deficits, we examined the influence of high-frequency (HF) repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) applied to the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) on executive functioning in recently detoxified alcohol-dependent patients. METHODS In this randomized, single(More)
BACKGROUND Research regarding the neurocircuitry in mood disorders suggests an important role for affective information processing of the subgenual part of the anterior cingulate cortex (Cg25: Brodmann area 25). OBJECTIVE In this study, we focused on Cg25 neuronal responses in depressed females using a paradigm in which emotions are elicited without(More)
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) applied to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) might be a promising treatment strategy for depression. As one of the key features of melancholic depression is disturbances in psychomotor activity, we wanted to evaluate whether HF-rTMS treatment could influence psychomotor symptoms. Twenty(More)