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Title: Intra-individual variability in the response to anodal transcranial direct current stimulation
Authors: López-Alonso, Virginia
Fernández-del-Olmo, Miguel
Costantini, Alessia
Gonzalez-Henriquez, Juan Jose 
Cheeran, Binith
UNESCO Clasification: 241111 Neurofisiología
Keywords: Cortical plasticity
Inter-individual variability
Intra-individual variability
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
Issue Date: 2015
Journal: Clinical Neurophysiology 
Abstract: Objective: To test the intra-individual reliability in response to anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (AtDCS). Methods: 45 healthy subjects received AtDCS (1. mA, 13. min) in two separate sessions, 6-12. months apart. Motor evoked potentials were collected at baseline and then at 5-min intervals after AtDCS for 1. h. Short intracortical inhibition (SICI) was assessed at minutes 6 and 46 after AtDCS. Results: AtDCS increased cortical excitability over minutes 0-30 post-stimulation in both sessions, with fair intra-individual reliability. 60% and 64% of subjects responded with the expected increase in cortical excitability in each session, respectively. 69% of the subjects maintained their response pattern between sessions during this timeframe. However, there were no significant effects on cortical excitability over the full hour post AtDCS in either session. SICI showed fair intra-individual reliability 6. min after AtDCS. Conclusion: A change in cortical excitability in the first half-hour post-AtDCS may be a good predictor of the response in a subsequent session. Furthermore, minute 15 post-stimulation showed the maximum increase in cortical excitability in both sessions. Significance: We show for the first time that intra-individual variability is lower than inter-individual variability, and with fair intra-individual inter-sessional reliability for 30. min after AtDCS-subjects are likely to maintain their response patterns to tDCS between sessions, with implications for experimental and therapeutic applications of tDCS.
ISSN: 1388-2457
DOI: 10.1016/j.clinph.2015.03.022
Source: Clinical Neurophysiology [ISSN 1388-2457], v. 126 (12), p. 2342-2347
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