Noninvasive stimulation of the temporoparietal junction: a systematic review

Donaldson, Peter, Rinehart, Nicole J. and Enticott, Peter G. 2015, Noninvasive stimulation of the temporoparietal junction: a systematic review, Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, vol. 55, pp. 547-572, doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.05.017.

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Title Noninvasive stimulation of the temporoparietal junction: a systematic review
Author(s) Donaldson, PeterORCID iD for Donaldson, Peter
Rinehart, Nicole J.ORCID iD for Rinehart, Nicole J.
Enticott, Peter G.ORCID iD for Enticott, Peter G.
Journal name Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews
Volume number 55
Start page 547
End page 572
Total pages 26
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-08
ISSN 1873-7528
Keyword(s) Noninvasive transcranial stimulation
Social cognition
Temporoparietal junction
Transcranial direct current stimulation
Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Summary Imaging and lesion studies have suggested numerous roles for the temporoparietal junction (TPJ), for example in attention and neglect, social cognition, and self/other processing. These studies cannot establish causal relationships, and the importance and relevance of (and interrelationships between) proposed roles remain controversial. This review examined studies that use noninvasive transcranial stimulation (NTS) to explore TPJ function. Of 459 studies identified, 40 met selection criteria. The strengths and weaknesses of NTS-relevant parameters used are discussed, and methodological improvements suggested. These include the need for careful selection of stimulation sites and experimental tasks, and use of neuronavigation and concurrent functional activity measures. Without such improvements, overlapping and discrete functions of the TPJ will be difficult to disentangle. Nevertheless, the contributions of these studies to theoretical models of TPJ function are discussed, and the clinical relevance of TPJ stimulation explored. Some evidence exists for TPJ stimulation in the treatment of auditory hallucinations, tinnitus, and depersonalisation disorder. Further examination of the TPJ in conditions such as autism spectrum disorder is also warranted.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.05.017
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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