NLS seminar: Modulating auditory gamma oscillations by means of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) – first evidence on the efficacy and feasibility in individuals diagnosed with developmental dyslexia
Katharina Rufener, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany
Over the last decades, studies have successfully demonstrated the ability and feasibility of transcranial electrical stimulation to affect sensory perception and cognition. The application of weak alternating currents, i.e. transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) in the lower-gamma range has been shown to modulate the perception of time-critical features in the acoustic stream, such as phonemic contrasts1,2.
This talk will consider recent advances in our understanding of the benefits yielded by tACS in basic research as well as it’s applicability to cohorts with developmental dyslexia3.
Dr. Rufener received her Ph.D. from the University of Zurich in 2014 and has since worked at the same institution in the Institute for Phonetics and Phonology, and the Lab of Neuroplasticity and Learning in the Normal Aging Brain. Her current position is at the Department of Neurology, Otto- von-Guericke University Magdeburg, where she investigates the potential of tACS as a supplement to behavioral interventions in children and adolescents diagnosed with developmental dyslexia.