Non-invasive stimulation of the social brain: the methodological challenges

Penton, Tegan; Catmur, Caroline; Banissy, Michael J.; Bird, Geoffrey and Walsh, Vincent. 2020. Non-invasive stimulation of the social brain: the methodological challenges. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, ISSN 1749-5016 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

Use of non-invasive brain stimulation methods (NIBS) has become a common approach to study social processing in addition to behavioural, imaging and lesion studies. However, research using NIBS to investigate social processing faces challenges. Overcoming these is important to allow valid and reliable interpretation of findings in neurotypical cohorts, but also to allow us to tailor NIBS protocols to atypical groups with social difficulties. In this review, we consider the utility of brain stimulation as a technique to study and modulate social processing. We also discuss challenges that face researchers using NIBS to study social processing in neurotypical adults with a view to highlighting potential solutions. Finally, we discuss additional challenges that face researchers using NIBS to study and modulate social processing in atypical groups. These are important to consider given that NIBS protocols are rarely tailored to atypical groups before use. Instead, many rely on protocols designed for neurotypical adults despite differences in brain function that are likely to impact response to NIBS.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsaa102

Additional Information:

This work was supported by a doctoral studentship from the Medical Research Council [MR/M50175X/1 to T.P.]; the Leverhulme Trust [grant number PLP-2015-019 to C.C.]; the Economic and Social Research Council [ES/R007527/1 to G.B. & M. J. B.] and the Baily Thomas Charitable Trust [to GB].

Keywords:

Non-invasive brain stimulation, social perception, social cognition, State-dependent TMS, Autism Spectrum Disorder

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
15 July 2020Accepted
30 July 2020Published Online

Item ID:

29136

Date Deposited:

13 Aug 2020 10:37

Last Modified:

14 Aug 2020 16:57

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/29136

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