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Noninvasive stimulation of the temporoparietal junction: A systematic review.
journal contributionposted on 01.08.2015, 00:00 authored by Peter DonaldsonPeter Donaldson, Nicole Rinehart, Peter EnticottPeter Enticott
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 the 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.
JournalNeuroscience and biobehavioral reviews
Pagination547 - 572
LocationAmsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication classificationC Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice2015, Elsevier
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Noninvasive transcranial stimulationSocial cognitionTDCSTMSTPJTemporoparietal junctionTranscranial direct current stimulationTranscranial magnetic stimulationScience & TechnologyLife Sciences & BiomedicineBehavioral SciencesNeurosciencesNeurosciences & NeurologyTEMPORO-PARIETAL JUNCTIONSPATIAL ATTENTION DEFICITSOF-BODY EXPERIENCEBRAIN-STIMULATIONNEURAL BASISAUDITORY HALLUCINATIONSCORTICAL CONTROLINDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES