Induction of a recall deficit by rapid-rate transcranial magnetic stimulation

Jordan Grafman*, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, David Alway, Paolo Nichelli, Estrella Gomez-Tortosa, Mark Hallett

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We used rapid-rate, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for the noninvasive study of verbal recall. Five right-handed normal subjects were studied. Recall followed immediately after presentation of a 12-word list. Focal rTMS was applied with a figure eight coil in trains of 500 ms duration to F7, F8, T5, T6, P3, P4, or 01, 02 at latencies of 0, 250, 500, or 1000 ms during word list presentation. Recall was consistently significantly diminished only after left mid-temporal and bilateral dorsofrontal rTMS at both 0 and 250 ms latencies. We conclude that rTMS may be useful as a non-invasive tool for the study of verbal memory processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1157-1160
Number of pages4
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1994


  • Memory
  • Recall
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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