Book review| Volume 276, ISSUE 1-2, P205, January 15, 2009

The Oxford Handbook of Transcranial Stimulation

  • Claus C. Hilgetag
    Corresponding author. Tel.: +49 421 200 3542; fax: +49 421 200 3249.
    School of Engineering and Science, Jacobs University, Campus Ring 6, RII-116, 28759 Bremen, Germany and Department of Health Sciences, Boston University, 635 Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA 02215, USA
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  • Jack W. Tsao
    Department of Neurology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Room A1036, Bethesda MD 20814-4799, USA
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      It sounds perhaps bizarre and not very subtle, but it works. A strong magnetic field can be focused through a stimulation coil that is placed on the outside of the skull, inducing small electric currents inside of the brain that perturb and modulate brain activity. This technique, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), has been available to researchers for about 20 years. Over that period applications of the technique and the number of TMS publications have increased exponentially, turning a niche area of brain research into one that produced more than 1300 papers in 2007. Soon transcranial stimulation may be as widespread as electroencephalography (EEG) or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and the recently published Oxford Handbook of Transcranial Stimulation could be the last attempt to unite all aspects of the approach into a single volume.
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