Transcranial magnetic stimulation at the ICN

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a means of transiently stimulating the brain in order to disrupt cortical processing or investigate the patterns of excitation and inhibition in neural pathways. The uses are many and varied and some are detailed below.

The ICN currently supports three Magstim repetitive pulse facilities, on Dantec MagPro and two Magstim single pulse machines. The facilities are run for the benefit of the Institute and training and guidance is given to all new users. The ICN houses two Brainsight frameless stereotaxic systems allowing experimenters to coregister coil localisation with anatomical landmarks or functional imaging co-ordinates.

Some of the current TMS projects in the ICN include:

Observation of action (Antonia Hamilton & Uta Frith)
The role of BA 10 (Sam Gilbert & Paul Burgess)
Top down control in attention (James Hung & Jon Driver)
Bistable perceptions (David Carmel & Geraint Rees)
Number Processing ( Marinella Capelletti)
Language Processing (Gabriela Vigliocco & Peter Garrard)
Music processing (Lauren Stewart)
Visual search and learning (Joy Geng)
Frontal eye fields in vision (Neil Muggleton)
The perception of time (Domenica Bueti)
Visual awareness (Juha Silvanto & Nilli Lavie)
Combining TMS and fMRI (Otto Bjoertomt & Christian Ruff)
Combining TMS and EEG (Leun Otten & Martin Eimer)
Combining TMS and EEG (Giorgio Fuggetta & Vincent Walsh)

TMS and frameless stereotaxy

This page last modified 17 November, 2011 by [ICN Web Team]


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