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Optimising Cognitive Enhancement: Systematic Assessment of the Effects of tDCS Duration in Older Adults

Claire Hanley Orcid Logo, Sophie L. Alderman, Elinor Clemence

Brain Sciences, Volume: 10, Issue: 5, Start page: 304

Swansea University Author: Claire Hanley Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) supports cognition and brain function in older adults but there is an absence of research to devise optimal stimulation protocols. This is the first systematic exploration into the effects of stimulation duration in the ageing population. Ten minutes of...

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Published in: Brain Sciences
ISSN: 2076-3425
Published: MDPI AG 2020
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa54296
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Abstract: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) supports cognition and brain function in older adults but there is an absence of research to devise optimal stimulation protocols. This is the first systematic exploration into the effects of stimulation duration in the ageing population. Ten minutes of anodal stimulation significantly improved task-switching speed from baseline. Sham-control and 20 min variants did not. The findings are a vital step towards the refinement of stimulation to enhance executive function in older adults.
Keywords: transcranial direct current stimulation; non-invasive brain stimulation; stimulation duration; aging; neural plasticity; attentional control
Issue: 5
Start Page: 304