tDCS-induced alterations in GABA concentration within primary motor cortex predict motor learning and motor memory: a 7 T magnetic resonance spectroscopy study.
Bottom Line: Note that adaptation to a robot-induced force field has long been considered to be a form of model-based learning that is closely associated with the computation and 'supervised' learning of internal 'forward' models within the cerebellum.This effect was specific to GABA, localised to the left motor cortex, and was polarity specific insofar as it was not observed following either cathodal or sham stimulation.Importantly, we show that the magnitude of tDCS-induced alterations in GABA concentration within motor cortex predicts individual differences in both motor learning and motor memory on the robotic force adaptation and de-adaptation task.
Affiliation: Brain and Body Centre, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Participants were seated throughout and held the handle of the vBot during the task. Each trial started with an auditory warning that was followed immediately by the presentation of a target stimulus that could appear at one of eight radially arrayed positions (i.e. 45°, 90°, … 360°), each 12 cm from the central starting position (see Fig. 2a). The location of the target was pseudo-randomised such that, within each set of eight consecutive trials, each target location was presented only once. Participants were instructed to perform the task using rapid aiming movements towards the target. In particular, they were required to execute their movements so as to pass through the target position rather than stop at the target. Hand movement trajectories were recorded for a period of 3 s from the onset of each trial, after which the robot automatically returned the handle back to the central starting position. The perpendicular movement error was measured at 10 points that were equally distant (i.e., 10%, 20%, 30%, etc.) from the starting point to the target (see Fig. 2b). Negative error values indicate that the error was made in the direction opposite to the external force created by the robot. Each new trial commenced one second after the handle had returned to the starting position. If the peak velocity of the movement was greater than 80 cm/s or slower than 50 cm/s, a warning message of “too fast” or “too slow” was shown on the screen at the end of each trial.
Affiliation: Brain and Body Centre, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK.