Entraining neurons via noninvasive electric stimulation improves cognition

van der Plas, M. and Hanslmayr, S. (2020) Entraining neurons via noninvasive electric stimulation improves cognition. PLoS Biology, 18(10), e3000931. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000931) (PMID:33091011) (PMCID:PMC7654821)

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Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) is a method that injects rhythmic currents into the human brain via electrodes attached to the scalp of a participant. This technique allows researchers to control naturally occurring brain rhythms and study their causal relevance for cognition. Recent findings, however, cast doubts on the effectiveness of tACS to stimulate the brain and its mode of action. Two new studies by Vieira and colleagues and Marchesotti and colleagues reported in the current issue report promising new results in showing that tACS can entrain single neuron activity and improve reading abilities in dyslexic individuals.

Item Type:Articles (Letter)
Additional Information:Funding: This research was supported by grants from the European Research Council (https://erc.europa.eu/, Consolidator Grant 647954, to SH); Wolfson Foundation and Royal Society (https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/wolfson-researchmerit/, to SH); and the Economic Social Sciences Research Council (https://esrc.ukri.org/, ES/R010072/1, to SH).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanslmayr, Professor Simon and van der Plas, Mr Mircea
Authors: van der Plas, M., and Hanslmayr, S.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:PLoS Biology
Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN (Online):1545-7885
Published Online:22 October 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 van der Plas, Hanslmayr.
First Published:First published in PLoS Biology 18(10): e3000931
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
313261Neural oscillations - a code for memorySimon HanslmayrEuropean Commission (EC)N/ANP - Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi)