Transcranial Electrical Stimulation in post-stroke Cognitive rehabilitation: Where we are and where we are going

Silvia Convento, Cristina Russo, Luca Zigiotto, Nadia Bolognini

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Abstract

Cognitive rehabilitation is an important area of neurological rehabilitation, which aims at the treatment of cognitive disorders due to acquired brain damage of different etiology, including stroke. Although the importance of cognitive rehabilitation for stroke survivors is well recognized, available cognitive treatments for neuropsychological disorders, such as spatial neglect, hemianopia, apraxia, and working memory, are overall still unsatisfactory. The growing body of evidence supporting the potential of the transcranial Electrical Stimulation (tES) as tool for interacting with neuroplasticity in the human brain, in turn for enhancing perceptual and cognitive functions, has obvious implications for the translation of this noninvasive brain stimulation technique into clinical settings, in particular for the development of tES as adjuvant tool for cognitive rehabilitation. The present review aims at presenting the current state of art concerning the use of tES for the improvement of post-stroke visual and cognitive deficits (except for aphasia and memory disorders), showing the therapeutic promises of this technique and offering some suggestions for the design of future clinical trials. Although this line of research is still in infancy, as compared to the progresses made in the last years in other neurorehabilitation domains, current findings appear very encouraging, supporting the development of tES for the treatment of post-stroke cognitive impairments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Psychologist
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • TDCS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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