Targeting the biased brain
- By Prof. Dr. Christian Plewnia
- Wednesday 1 February 2017
- Faculty of Social Sciences
2333 AK LEIDEN
Modulation of cognitive control by transcranial stimulation
Deficits in cognitive and behavioral control are very common in many psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders. Transcranial brain stimulation techniques are effective tools to investigate the physiology and to ameliorate deficits of executive functioning. Therefore, the exploration of neurofunctional underpinnings of cognitive control by means of transcranial stimulation in health and disease can provide new vistas for new, knowledge based treatment options. However, multiple interactions between task characteristics, individual factors, brain states and stimulation parameter are a major challenge of this research. In this talk, I will sketch this concept, give some examples for these interactions and for the malleability of cognitive control by transcranial brain stimulation and discuss the resulting therapeutic perspectives.