Functional involvement of cerebral cortex in adult sleepwalking

  title={Functional involvement of cerebral cortex in adult sleepwalking},
  author={Antonio Oliviero and Giacomo Della Marca and Pietro A. Tonali and Fabio Pilato and Eleonora Saturno and Michele Dileone and Marco Rubino and Vincenzo Di Lazzaro},
  journal={Journal of Neurology},
The pathophysiology of adult sleepwalking is still poorly understood. However, it is widely accepted that sleepwalking is a disorder of arousal. Arousal circuits widely project to the cortex, including motor cortex. We hypothesized that functional abnormality of these circuits could lead to changes in cortical excitability in sleepwalkers, even during wakefulness. We used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to examine the excitability of the human motor cortex during wakefulness in a group… CONTINUE READING
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