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Frontal-midline theta frequency and probabilistic learning: a transcranial alternating current stimulation study

Frontal-midline theta frequency and probabilistic learning: a transcranial alternating current stimulation study

Zavecz, Zsófia, Horváth, Kata, Solymosi, Péter, Janacsek, Karolina ORCID: 0000-0001-7829-8220 and Nemeth, Dezso (2020) Frontal-midline theta frequency and probabilistic learning: a transcranial alternating current stimulation study. Behavioural Brain Research, 393:112733. ISSN 0166-4328 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2020.112733)

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Abstract

Probabilistic learning is a fundamental cognitive ability that extracts and represents regularities of our environment enabling predictive processing during perception and acquisition of perceptual, motor, cognitive, and social skills. Previous studies show competition between neural networks related to executive function/working memory vs. probabilistic learning. Theta synchronization has been associated with the former while desynchronization with the latter in correlational studies. In the present paper our aim was to test causal relationship between fronto-parietal midline theta synchronization and probabilistic learning with non-invasive transcranial alternating current (tACS) stimulation. We hypothesize that theta synchronization disrupts probabilistic learning performance by modulating the competitive relationship. Twenty-six young adults performed the Alternating Serial Reaction Time (ASRT) task to assess probabilistic learning in two sessions that took place one week apart. Stimulation was applied in a double-blind cross-over within-subject design with an active theta tACS and a sham stimulation in a counter-balanced order between participants. Sinusoidal current was administered with 1 mA peak-to-peak intensity throughout the task (approximately 20 minutes) for the active stimulation and 30 seconds for the sham. We did not find an effect of fronto-parietal midline theta tACS on probabilistic learning comparing performance during active and sham stimulation. To influence probabilistic learning, we suggest applying higher current intensity and stimulation parameters more precisely aligned to endogenous brain activity for future studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: non-invasive brain stimulation, procedural learning, transcranial alternating stimulation (tACS), frontal lobe functions, theta
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Thinking and Learning
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2021 11:12
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28574

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