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Determining the best mode of transcranial direct current stimulation to enhance motor ability

   Department of Physical Therapy

   Applications accepted all year round  Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

About the Project

The study aims at defining the best mode of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to optimally enhance upper limb motor ability in healthy individuals.

The study

A major goal of clinical and cognitive neuroscience is to develop effective, non-invasive methods for improving functions via neuroplasticity modulation. In an attempt to improve motor recovery of the upper limb following stroke, the primary motor cortex (M1)—a brain region that is critical for motor function—has been suggested as a target for the application of tDCS montages. However, the results of such clinical studies in post-stoke patients have been inconsistent, probably because, among other reasons, very little is known about the optimal protocols for enhancing motor ability in healthy individuals. Hence, the overall goal of the proposed study is to define the optimal mode of M1-targeting tDCS that can enhance upper limb motor ability in healthy individuals, which could later be used in post-stroke patients. The findings of this study can be used in the future to develop a non-invasive brain stimulation model for enhancing upper limb motor recovery in post-stroke patients.

Entry Requirements

• A research interest in brain stimulation and clinical neuroscience
• A relevant undergraduate or master degree with good scores
• Good English

This is a funded PhD project and is subject to funding confirmation.

Dr. Silvi Frenkel-Toledo, Ariel University, Department of Physical Therapy, Brain and Motor behavior Laboratory

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