Beta Power May Meditate the Effect of tACS

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Beta Power May Meditate the Effect of Gamma-TACS on Motor Performance.

Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2019 Jul;2019:5902-5908

Authors: Mastakouri AA, Scholkopf B, Grosse-Wentrup M

Abstract
Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) is becoming an important method in the field of motor rehabilitation because of its ability to non-invasively influence ongoing brain oscillations at arbitrary frequencies. However, substantial variations in its effect across individuals are reported, making tACS a currently unreliable treatment tool. One reason for this variability is the lack of knowledge about the exact way tACS entrains and interacts with ongoing brain oscillations. The present crossover stimulation study on 20 healthy subjects contributes to the understanding of cross-frequency effects of gamma (70 Hz) tACS over the contralateral motor cortex by providing empirical evidence which is consistent with a role of low- (12 -20 Hz) and high- (20- 30 Hz) beta power as a mediator of gamma-tACS on motor performance.

PMID: 31947193 [PubMed – in process]

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