TMS Workshop for Cognitive Neuroscience - A Learner's Perspective
Here you can read what one of the attendees of the Winter 2016 Workshop had to say about the workshop
What motivated you to do the workshop and what did you hope to gain from it?
I have heard a lot about TMS and it is kind of intimidating at first, the idea that you can manipulate people’s minds! But at the same time, it is very useful as it is the only technique available to establish a causal link between the brain and a behavioural response. I think it is something that would be very useful for my future research, so I attended the workshop to see how intimidating it really was, learn the mechanisms underlying the technique, and see what others areas of cognitive neuroscience are using TMS in their experimental designs.
What was your favourite aspect of the workshop?
I liked the history part, getting to know how TMS developed over time. That was very interesting. The interactive aspect of the workshop was great – we had the opportunity to use the machine to test others, and also be tested ourselves and experience TMS. From the lectures, we got to know more about specific study design, and had the opportunity to ask very detailed questions.
What did you find challenging about the workshop?
It was intense for two days and I was really tired after the end of the second day! It was hard to focus. The TMS-EEG demo was interesting, but it was very new to me and hard for me to understand exactly how it all worked and see how it could be used in an experiment.
What surprised you about the workshop?
It was more comprehensive than I expected. I was also surprised by how interactive and extensive the practical demos were. I thought we would just hold a coil and that would be it, but we went through every aspect of testing a TMS participant, and being a TMS participant. It was very helpful being advised on how to interact with TMS participants.
What impact will the workshop have on your future research?
When I demonstrate TMS to people after the workshop, I can tell the story behind it. It’s now not that intimidating – it’s very interesting. At the same time, I have become aware of using TMS very carefully, I feel we still don’t know everything about TMS. I now appreciate the need to carefully consider the TMS parameters such as intensity, amount of stimulation, the safety aspects, etc.
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