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Nature. 2000 Jul 13;406(6792):147-50.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation and the human brain.

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Human Motor Control Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-1428, USA.

Abstract

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is rapidly developing as a powerful, non-invasive tool for studying the human brain. A pulsed magnetic field creates current flow in the brain and can temporarily excite or inhibit specific areas. TMS of motor cortex can produce a muscle twitch or block movement; TMS of occipital cortex can produce visual phosphenes or scotomas. TMS can also alter the functioning of the brain beyond the time of stimulation, offering potential for therapy.

PMID:
10910346
DOI:
10.1038/35018000
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