Woods Lab publishes a new paper on the impact of tDCS on cognition in patients with gambling disorder

Published: October 30th, 2018

Category: News

In collaboration with a team of researchers at Istanbul University in Turkey, the Woods Lab published a new paper on the effects of tDCS in patients with gambling disorder. Gambling disorder significantly impacts the financial stability and daily life of patients suffering from the disorder. Dysfunction in decision-making and cognitive flexibility are hallmarks of gambling disorder and are thought to play an important role in presentation of the disorder. A novel study led by Serkan Aksu and a team of researchers at Istanbul University in collaboration with the Woods Lab found that 3 every other day treatments of 2mA tDCS applied to the frontal lobes (F4/anode, F3/cathode) for 20 minutes significantly improved neuropsychological measures of decision-making and cognitive flexibility, as compared to sham tDCS. This is the first study of tDCS in gambling disorder and these data demonstrate the promise of tDCS as a potential rehabilitative treatment tool.

Citation: Soyata A, Aksu S, Woods AJ, Iscen P, Sacar K, Karamursel S. Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on decision making and cognitive flexibility in gambling disorder. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience.Accepted October 2018. Journal Impact Factor: 3.617