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Transcranial magnetic stimulation and the human brain.

Pascual-Leone A, Hallett M ...see all

Nature, vol. 406, issue 6792 (2000) pp. 147-150

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Abstract

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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Authors

  • Alvaro Pascual-Leone

  • M Hallett

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