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Supplementary Material for: No Evidence for Effects of a High-Frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Series on Verbal and Figural Fluency and TAP Task Performance in Healthy Male Volunteers

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posted on 04.01.2013, 00:00 by Schaller G., Lenz B., Friedrich K., Dygon D., Richter-Schmidinger T., Sperling W., Kornhuber J.
Background: Study results on cognitive effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in healthy people are inconsistent. Moreover, former trials performed exclusively single-session stimulations. This sham-controlled study analyzed the influence of 9 serial high-frequency rTMS on cognition. Methods: 44 young healthy male volunteers received active or sham rTMS. We evaluated verbal fluency tasks, the Ruff Figural Fluency Test and different Test for Attentional Performance tasks (alertness, go/no-go, divided attention, working memory, flexibility) prior to the first stimulation, immediately (within 5–30 min) after stimulation on day 5 and on day 10 (1 day after the last stimulation). Results: Overall, our statistical analyses revealed no significant cognitive effects of serial rTMS. Conclusion: In this sham-controlled study design, 9 serial rTMS over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (targeted by the 5-cm rule) did neither enhance nor impair the assessed cognitive functions in healthy male volunteers.