Effects of tDCS on Sentence Comprehension.

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Effects of Anodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (atDCS) on Sentence Comprehension.

J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2019 Jan 29;:1-5

Authors: Lum JAG, Clark GM, Rogers CM, Skalkos JD, Fuelscher I, Hyde C, Enticott PG

OBJECTIVES: This study examined the effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (a-tDCS) on sentence and word comprehension in healthy adults.
METHODS: Healthy adult participants, aged between 19 and 30 years, received either a-tDCS over the left inferior frontal gyrus (n=18) or sham stimulation (n=18). Participants completed sentence comprehension and word comprehension tasks before and during stimulation. Accuracy and reaction times (RTs) were recorded as participants completed both tasks.
RESULTS: a-tDCS was found to significantly decrease RT on the sentence comprehension task compared to baseline. There was no change in RT following sham stimulation. a-tDCS was not found to have a significant effect on accuracy. Also, a-tDCS did not affect accuracy or RTs on the word comprehension task.
CONCLUSIONS: The study provides evidence that non-invasive anodal electrical stimulation can modulate sentence comprehension in healthy adults, at least compared to their baseline performance. (JINS, 2019, 00, 1-5).

PMID: 30691540 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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