publication . Article . 2009

Modulation of emotions associated with images of human pain using anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

Paulo Boggio;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2009 Journal: Neuropsychologia, volume 47, pages 212-217 (issn: 0028-3932, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Abstract Viewing images of other humans in pain elicits a variety of responses including distress, anxiety, and a sensation that is similar to pain. We aimed to evaluate whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could be effective in modulating the emotional aspects of pain as to further explore mechanisms of tDCS in pain relief. Twenty-three healthy subjects rated images with respect to unpleasantness and discomfort/pain (baseline), and then received stimulation with tDCS under four different conditions of stimulation: anodal tDCS of the left primary motor cortex (M1), dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), occipital cortex (V1); and sham tDCS. Th...
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free text keywords: Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience
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