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A Comparison of Two Methods in Acquiring Stimulus–Response Curves with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Authors
Publisher
Elsevier Inc.
Volume
6
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2012.05.010
Keywords
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Stimulus–Response Curve
  • Hand
  • Arm
Disciplines
  • Design

Abstract

Abstract Background The stimulus–response (S–R) curve is a well accepted constituent in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies. However, it has been suggested that parameters of the S–R curve differ when stimuli are provided in a “ramped” (measured steps from low to high intensity), or “random” fashion. Hypothesis We hypothesized that there would be no difference in the parameters of the S–R curve between either methodologies. Methods Using a randomised cross-over design, 10 healthy participants (29.6 ± 6.4 yrs, 3 f) completed “ramped” or “random” curves in biceps brachii (BB) and first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscles of both limbs. Curves were compared using mixed-factor ANOVA and correlated between limbs and methodologies. Results No differences (P > 0.05) and high correlations (range 0.71–0.97; P < 0.001) were observed in BB and FDI data between curves. Conclusions This study demonstrated that either methodology provides similar parameters of the S–R curve in healthy participants.

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