Anodal tDCS Accelerates On-Line Learning of Dart Throwing
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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been shown to enhance or block online learning of motor skills, depending on the current direction. However, most research on the use of tDCS has been limited to the study of relatively simple motor tasks. The purpose of the present study was to examine the influence of anodal (a-tDCS) and cathodal (c-tDCS) direct current stimulation on the online learning during a single session of dart throwing. Fifty-eight young adults were randomized to a-tDCS, c-tDCS, or SHAM groups and completed a pre-test block of dart throws, a 20-minute practice block of throws while receiving their stimulation condition, and a post-test block of dart throws. The results showed that a-tDCS accelerated the skill learning of dart throwing more than SHAM and c-tDCS conditions. The SHAM and c-tDCS conditions were not different. We conclude that a-tDCS may have a positive effect in a single training session which would be ideal in a recreational game environment where repeated practice is not common.
Anodal; M1; Online learning; tDCS
Motor Control | Online and Distance Education
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Meek, A. W.,
Anodal tDCS Accelerates On-Line Learning of Dart Throwing.
Neuroscience Letters, 764