About the workshop
TMS offers a unique, non-invasive method for investigating causal brain-behaviour relationships. This workshop provides hands-on training in the fundamentals of TMS and its applications to cognitive neurosciences. After completion, you will have the knowledge and skills to design and run your own TMS experiments.
Neuroscientists and TMS experts from University College London, Imperial College London and Lancaster University will take you through:
- History of brain stimulation
- Physiological mechanisms of TMS
- Basics of experimental design for virtual lesion and MEP paradigms
- Advanced experimental design for TMS
- Safety in TMS experiments
- Analyses of TMS data
- Setting up your own TMS lab and incorporating TMS into your own research
My research uses TMS in conjunction with neuroimaging techniques to investigate the neurobiology of language. Specifically, why is human language a unique ability in the animal kingdom? TMS offers unique opportunities to probe the neural information processing properties of specific cortical territories and establish causal brain-behaviour links; to simulate focal lesions in order to help predict outcome after stroke and to investigate the origins and terminations of cortico-cortical white matter tracts.
Experience: Virtual Lesion - 10Hz, 1Hz, Theta. Chronometric methodology. Motor Evoked Potentials - Single Pulse
I have always been interested in language since it constitutes a remarkable attribute of humans. We know a lot about different aspects of language but we still know very little about how language works in our brains. I began to investigate the neural basis of language in 2009 and since then I have used TMS as the main investigative tool in my research. Over the years, I have gained substantial experience using on-line TMS in its virtual lesion and chronometric modes during functional and temporal identification of language processes. Currently, I am also exploring off-line repetitive TMS. Although I used TMS mainly in the context of language research, the vast amount of testing that I performed armed me with numerous TMS practicalities that are necessary for carrying out a successful TMS experiment in other cognitive areas.
Experience: on-line virtual lesion - 10Hz; off-line virtual lesion - 1Hz; chronometric – double pulse TMS.
I began using TMS in 2014 when I started working on Dr Adank and Dr Devlin's grant: 'Investigating speech motor resonances in spoken language understanding'. As part of this grant, my current research focuses on establishing the role of the motor system in speech perception, and how motor areas work in concert with auditory regions to assist speech perception under challenging listening conditions. TMS, in combination with behaviour and Motor Evoked Potentials, affords us a unique insight into the function of the neurobiological substrates involved in the speech processing network. The ability to be able to manipulate, and measure, brain activity using TMS methodologies makes it an incredibly exciting technique to work with. I plan to combine TMS with EEG in my future work.
Experience: Motor Evoked Potentials, Electromyography, Single Pulse, Virtual lesion - 1 Hz and continuous Theta Burst Stimulation.