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An exploration of the effects of audio-visual entrainment on Parkinson's disease tremor

Cinel, C and Poli, R and Citi, L and Roberson, D (2013) An exploration of the effects of audio-visual entrainment on Parkinson's disease tremor. In: UNSPECIFIED, ? - ?.

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A significant proportion of patients affected by Parkinson's disease (PD) suffer from drug-resistant tremor, which often eventually progresses to disabling and distressing levels. Recent literature on PD indicates that such tremor is associated with corresponding oscillations in the thalamus. In this research, we wanted to explore the possibility that affecting such oscillations via a form of external audio-visual periodic stimulation (known as entrainment) might also have an indirect effect on PD tremor. Results with three PD patients have been encouraging, with all three showing a marked reduction of their tremor during the intervention with entrainment at approximately 10 Hz. However, in control sessions where stimuli presented no entraining oscillations, a very similar pattern of reduction in tremor was observed. This suggests that such a reduction is more likely due to the state of relaxation induced by both protocols than to an actual direct interference of the entrainment frequencies with the tremor frequencies. © 2013 IEEE.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2015 12:03
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 17:15

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