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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Produces Speech Arrest but Not Song Arrest

By Lauren Stewart, Vincent Walsh, Uta Frith and John Rothwell


Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a tool that can be used to disrupt cortical processing for a few tens of milliseconds and, when combined with cognitive paradigms, can be used to look at the role of specific brain regions. TMS can be described as a way of creating virtual neuropsychological patients, but can also extend these findings. It can be delivered focally in time and therefore has the advantage of being able to provide information about the time course of cortical events. In addition, because “virtual lesions” are transient, the interpretation of behavioral effects are not complicated by the functional recovery that results when a damaged brain reorganizes.(Introduction

Publisher: Blackwell
Year: 2001
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