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Locating primary somatosensory cortex in human brain stimulation studies: systematic review and meta-analytic evidence

Holmes, Nicholas Paul, Tamè, Luigi (2019) Locating primary somatosensory cortex in human brain stimulation studies: systematic review and meta-analytic evidence. Journal of Neurophysiology, 121 (1). pp. 152-162. ISSN 0022-3077. (doi:10.1152/jn.00614.2018) (KAR id:71619)

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) over human primary somatosensory cortex (S1), unlike over primary motor cortex (M1), does not produce an immediate, objective output. Researchers must therefore rely on one or more indirect methods to position the TMS coil over S1. The 'gold standard' method of TMS coil positioning is to use individual functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (F/SMRI) alongside a stereotactic navigation system. In the absence of these facilities, however, one common method used to locate S1 is to find the scalp location which produces twitches in a hand muscle (e.g., the first dorsal interosseus, M1-FDI), then move the coil posteriorly to target S1. There has been no systematic assessment of whether this commonly-reported method of finding the hand area of S1 is optimal. To do this, we systematically reviewed 124 TMS studies targeting the S1 hand area, and 95 functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) studies involving passive finger and hand stimulation. 96 TMS studies reported the scalp location assumed to correspond to S1-hand, which was on average 1.5 to 2cm posterior to the functionally-defined M1-hand area. Using our own scalp measurements combined with similar data from MRI and TMS studies of M1-hand, we provide the estimated scalp locations targeted in these TMS studies of the S1-hand. We also provide a summary of reported S1 coordinates for passive finger and hand stimulation in FMRI studies. We conclude that S1-hand is more lateral to M1-hand than assumed by the majority of TMS studies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1152/jn.00614.2018
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Luigi Tame
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 20:19 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:01 UTC
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