Brain stimulation in neurorehabilitation

Friedhelm C. Hummel and Leonardo G. Cohen

in Oxford Handbook of Transcranial Stimulation

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780198568926
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Brain stimulation in neurorehabilitation

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This article explains the role of brain stimulation in neurorehabilitation. The outline of this article is formed by the characterization of some of the problems faced in the field of nuerorehabilitation. Furthermore, it describes results of studies conducted to understand the functional changes in the motor cortices of hemispheres after stroke. This article finally discusses some of the interventional approaches proposed to improve motor function. Stroke is the main cause of long-term disability among adults. The disability resulting from stroke impairs the quality of life. Post-stroke recovery remains an important clinical focus. Various modalities of brain have been proposed as strategies to enhance motor function when combined with conventional neurorehabilitative interventions after a stroke. Before these approaches can reach the clinic, their results need to be replicated in larger samples and controlled conditions to determine their value.

Keywords: neurorehabilitation; brain stimulation; motor cortices; disability; stroke; motor function; post-stroke recovery

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Subjects: Psychology ; Neuropsychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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