The Effect of Prefrontal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Attention Network Function in Healthy Volunteers
The effect of acute transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on cortical attention networks remains unclear. We examined the effect of 20 min of 2 mA dorsolateral prefrontal cortex tDCS (bipolar balanced montage) on the efficiency of alerting, orienting and executive attention networks measured by the attention network test.Materials and Methods
A between-subjects stratified randomized design compared active tDCS vs. sham tDCS on attention network function in healthy young adults.Results
Executive attention was greater following active vs. sham stimulation (d = 0.76) in the absence of effects on alerting, orienting, or global RT or error rates. Group differences were not moderated by state-mood.Conclusion(s)
Twenty minutes of active 2 mA tDCS over left DLPFC is associated with greater executive attention in healthy humans.