Frontal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) abolishes list-method directed forgetting

Silas, Jonathan ORCID logoORCID: and Brandt, Karen (2016) Frontal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) abolishes list-method directed forgetting. Neuroscience Letters, 616 . pp. 166-169. ISSN 0304-3940 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2016.01.035)

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It is a point of controversy as to whether directed forgetting effects are a result of active inhibition or a change of context initiated by the instruction to forget. In this study we test the causal role of active inhibition in directed forgetting. By applying cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the right prefrontal cortex we suppressed cortical activity commonly associated with inhibitory control. Participants who underwent real brain stimulation before completing the directed forgetting paradigm showed no directed forgetting effects. Conversely, those who underwent sham brain stimulation demonstrated classical directed forgetting effects. We argue that these findings suggest that inhibition is the primary mechanism that results in directed forgetting costs and benefits.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 23890
Notes on copyright: © 2016. This author's accepted manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 16:59
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