Transcranial magnetic stimulation and the human brain

@article{Hallett2000TranscranialMS,
  title={Transcranial magnetic stimulation and the human brain},
  author={Mark Hallett},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={406},
  pages={147-150}
}
  • M. Hallett
  • Published 13 July 2000
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Nature
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is rapidly developing as a powerful, non-invasive tool for studying the human brain. A pulsed magnetic field creates current flow in the brain and can temporarily excite or inhibit specific areas. TMS of motor cortex can produce a muscle twitch or block movement; TMS of occipital cortex can produce visual phosphenes or scotomas. TMS can also alter the functioning of the brain beyond the time of stimulation, offering potential for therapy. 

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