Best of both worlds: promise of combining brain stimulation and brain connectome

Di Bernardi Luft, Caroline; Pereda, Ernesto; Banissy, Michael J. and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2014. Best of both worlds: promise of combining brain stimulation and brain connectome. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 8, pp. 1-15. ISSN 1662-5137 [Article]

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Transcranial current brain stimulation (tCS) is becoming increasingly popular as a non-pharmacological non-invasive neuromodulatory method that alters cortical excitability by applying weak electrical currents to the scalp via a pair of electrodes. Most applications of this technique have focused on enhancing motor and learning skills, as well as a therapeutic agent in neurological and psychiatric disorders. In these applications, similarly to lesion studies, tCS was used to provide a causal link between a function or behavior and a specific brain region (e.g., primary motor cortex). Nonetheless, complex cognitive functions are known to rely on functionally connected multitude of brain regions with dynamically changing patterns of information flow rather than on isolated areas, which are most commonly targeted in typical tCS experiments. In this review article, we argue in favor of combining tCS method with other neuroimaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, EEG) and by employing state-of-the-art connectivity data analysis techniques (e.g., graph theory) to obtain a deeper understanding of the underlying spatiotemporal dynamics of functional connectivity patterns and cognitive performance. Finally, we discuss the possibilities of using these combined techniques to investigate the neural correlates of human creativity and to enhance creativity.

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The authors are supported by the CREAM project that has been funded by the European Commission under Grant Agreement no 612022. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Michael J. Banissy is also supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ES/K00882X/1).

Copyright © 2014 Luft, Pereda, Banissy and Bhattacharya. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).


tCS, connectome, graph theory, functional connectivity, structural connectivity, tDCS, tACS, tRNS

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30 July 2014Published

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05 Sep 2014 14:25

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29 Apr 2020 16:00

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