Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Language

James Livengood, Joseph J van Steenburgh, Rasika Jayatillake, Tracy D. Vannorsdall, David J. Schretlen, Barry Gordon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) may be able to affect language functions, over both shorter (minutes) and longer (hours to perhaps months) intervals. Individual differences in psychological capacities, neurophysiology, and neuroanatomy make within-subjects, repeated-measures designs ideal for tDCS studies using present-day methods. True 'sham' stimulation may not be possible at higher levels of current. Designs that take these factors into account, coupled with improved methods of focusing current and orchestrating when and where it is applied, will likely strengthen the usefulness of tDCS for investigating language functions and improving them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Blinding
  • Cross-over trials
  • Direct current
  • Electrical
  • Individual differences
  • Language
  • Metaplasticity
  • Neurophysiology
  • Replicability
  • Sham
  • Speech
  • Stimulation
  • TDCS
  • Transcranial
  • Within-subjects designs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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