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Enhancing social ability by stimulating right temporoparietal junction.

Santiesteban, I, Banissy, MJ, Catmur, C and Bird, G (2012) Enhancing social ability by stimulating right temporoparietal junction. Current Biology, 22 (23). pp. 2274-2277.

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The temporoparietal junction (TPJ) is a key node within the "social brain". Several studies suggest that the TPJ controls representations of the self or another individual across a variety of low-level (agency discrimination, visual perspective taking, control of imitation) and high-level (mentalizing, empathy) sociocognitive processes. We explored whether sociocognitive abilities relying on on-line control of self and other representations could be modulated with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of TPJ. Participants received excitatory (anodal), inhibitory (cathodal), or sham stimulation before completing three sociocognitive tasks. Anodal stimulation improved the on-line control of self-other representations elicited by the imitation and perspective-taking tasks while not affecting attribution of mental states during a self-referential task devoid of such a requirement. Our findings demonstrate the efficacy of tDCS to improve social cognition and highlight the potential for tDCS to be used as a tool to aid self-other processing in clinical populations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date : 4 December 2012
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.cub.2012.10.018
Uncontrolled Keywords : Adolescent, Adult, Cognition, Deep Brain Stimulation, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Parietal Lobe, Social Behavior, Temporal Lobe, Young Adult
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Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in CURRENT BIOLOGY. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in CURRENT BIOLOGY, 22(23), December 2012, 10.1016/j.cub.2012.10.018.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Apr 2014 15:46
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:44

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