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Immediate cognitive effects of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in eating disorders: A pilot study

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E45 - E48
JournalEating And Weight Disorders-Studies On Anorexia Bulimia And Obesity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of high frequency repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), delivered to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, on selective attention in people with a bulimic disorder. METHOD: Participants (N=33) were randomised to a single session of real or sham rTMS. They performed a Stroop colour word task before and after the rTMS intervention. Interference scores were calculated as the time difference between completing cards with congruent and incongruent stimuli. RESULTS: Analysis of covariance comparing the interference scores post-rTMS with the pre-rTMS scores as covariates showed no differences between the real and sham groups [F(1,32)=1.110; p=0.301]. DISCUSSION: While methodological issues warrant a cautious interpretation, these pilot data suggest that selective attention is unaffected by a single session of rTMS. (Eating Weight Disord. 16: e45-e48, 2011). (c) 2011, Editrice Kurtis

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