Single Cases Promote Knowledge Transfer in the Field of DBS

  • Christen M
  • Müller S
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The development and clinical application of deep brain stimulation (DBS) is based on the cooperation of various disciplines in order to address its neuroscientific, neurological, psychological, technological, and ethical challenges. Safeguarding the quality of this interdisciplinary cooperation requires that novel issues are raised timely in the scientific community and are communicated across disciplinary borders. In this opinion, we describe the development of the complexity of DBS research and assess knowledge transfer in terms of citations that transcend disciplinary borders. Our argument is based on an extended, ongoing meta-analysis of scientific journal papers on DBS in the nucleus subthalamicus (STN). Further research should focus on the question how reports on paradigmatic cases diffuse into different disciplines in order to understand the communication processes that accompany the development of novel, stimulation-based therapies for psychiatric and other diseases. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)




Christen, M., & Müller, S. (2011). Single Cases Promote Knowledge Transfer in the Field of DBS. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5.

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