Visual cortex excitability increases during visual mental imagery--a TMS study in healthy human subjects.

@article{Sparing2002VisualCE,
  title={Visual cortex excitability increases during visual mental imagery--a TMS study in healthy human subjects.},
  author={Roland Sparing and Felix M. Mottaghy and Giorgio Ganis and William L. Thompson and Rudolf F T{\"o}pper and Stephen M. Kosslyn and Alvaro Pascual-Leone},
  journal={Brain research},
  year={2002},
  volume={938 1-2},
  pages={92-7}
}
Previous neuroimaging studies provided evidence that visual mental imagery relies, in part, on the primary visual cortex. We hypothesized that, analogous to the finding that motor imagery increases the excitability of motor cortex, visual imagery should increase visual cortex excitability, as indexed by a decrease in the phosphene threshold (PT). In order to test visual cortex excitability, the primary visual cortex was stimulated with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), so as to elicit… CONTINUE READING
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