ABOUT OUR LAB
The Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation (LCNS) at the University of Pennsylvania is investigating whether non-invasive brain stimulation combined with speech therapy. can improve language outcomes in people with Aphasia. We are interested in examining how the brain recovers its language abilities after a stroke and how we can use brain stimulation to assist in recovery and treatment.
Our lab uses two types of noninvasive brain stimulation techniques called:
1.) transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
2.) transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
WHAT is tDCS?
tDCS uses a mild electrical current to stimulate large areas of the brain from outside the head. tDCS is typically performed with two electrodes, placed inside saline soaked sponges, which are held on the head with a headband. tDCS changes how responsive certain areas of the brain are by increasing the likelihood that brain cells will fire.
What is TMS?
TMS is a non-invasive brain stimulation approach that does not require needles, sedation, or surgery. Stimulation with TMS involves using an electromagnet placed over the scalp to generate current in a small region of the brain (about 1 cm x 1 cm) immediately underneath. This allows for portions of the brain to activate, meaning that brain cells in the affected area fire. TMS has been approved by the FDA to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and migraine headaches.
Want to Join the Study?
We are actively looking for participants to recruit for our study. If you are interested in learning more about our research or participating, please contact Shara Noori at Shara.Noori@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu or call (404)-996-9946.