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Publication Detail
Using transcranial magnetic stimulation methods to probe connectivity between motor areas of the brain.
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Rothwell JC
  • Publication date:
    10/2011
  • Pagination:
    906, 915
  • Journal:
    Hum Mov Sci
  • Volume:
    30
  • Issue:
    5
  • Status:
    Published
  • Country:
    Netherlands
  • PII:
    S0167-9457(10)00101-6
  • Language:
    eng
  • Keywords:
    Ataxia, Cerebral Cortex, Frontal Lobe, Hand Strength, Humans, Motor Cortex, Nerve Net, Parietal Lobe, Psychomotor Performance, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Abstract
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is increasingly used as a tool to explore cortical motor function in healthy subjects and in patients with neurological disease or injury. This review describes a "twin coil" TMS approach that allows investigation of time related changes in functional connectivity between primary motor cortex and other areas in preparation for a forthcoming movement. Investigations into premotor-motor interactions show that these are specific to the type of task that is performed as well as the muscles used to control the movement, allowing us to monitor information flow within motor networks with millisecond time resolution.
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