Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and language

Alessia Monti, Roberta Ferrucci, Manuela Fumagalli, Francesca Mameli, Filippo Cogiamanian, Gianluca Ardolino, Alberto Priori

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Abstract

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive neuromodulation technique inducing prolonged brain excitability changes and promoting cerebral plasticity, is a promising option for neurorehabilitation. Here, we review progress in research on tDCS and language functions and on the potential role of tDCS in the treatment of post-stroke aphasia. Currently available data suggest that tDCS over language-related brain areas can modulate linguistic abilities in healthy individuals and can improve language performance in patients with aphasia. Whether the results obtained in experimental conditions are functionally important for the quality of life of patients and their caregivers remains unclear. Despite the fact that important variables are yet to be determined, tDCS combined with rehabilitation techniques seems a promising therapeutic option for aphasia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832-842
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Volume84
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Surgery
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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