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Research Article

Improvement of Tactile Discrimination Performance and Enlargement of Cortical Somatosensory Maps after 5 Hz rTMS

  • Martin Tegenthoff,

    Affiliation: Department of Neurology, Ruhr-University Bochum, BG-Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany

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  • Patrick Ragert,

    Affiliations: Department of Neurology, Ruhr-University Bochum, BG-Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany, Institute for Neuroinformatics, Department of Theoretical Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany, International Graduate School of Neuroscience, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany

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  • Burkhard Pleger,

    Affiliation: Department of Neurology, Ruhr-University Bochum, BG-Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany

    ¤ Current address: Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, London, United Kingdom

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  • Peter Schwenkreis,

    Affiliation: Department of Neurology, Ruhr-University Bochum, BG-Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany

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  • Ann-Freya Förster,

    Affiliation: Department of Radiology, Ruhr-University Bochum, BG-Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany

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  • Volker Nicolas,

    Affiliation: Department of Radiology, Ruhr-University Bochum, BG-Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany

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  • Hubert R Dinse mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: hubert.dinse@neuroinformatik.rub.de

    Affiliation: Institute for Neuroinformatics, Department of Theoretical Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany

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  • Published: October 18, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0030362

About the Authors

Martin Tegenthoff, Patrick Ragert, Burkhard Pleger, Peter Schwenkreis
Department of Neurology, Ruhr-University Bochum, BG-Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany
Patrick Ragert, Hubert R Dinse
Institute for Neuroinformatics, Department of Theoretical Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany
Patrick Ragert
International Graduate School of Neuroscience, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany
Ann-Freya Förster, Volker Nicolas
Department of Radiology, Ruhr-University Bochum, BG-Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany

Corresponding Author

Email: hubert.dinse@neuroinformatik.rub.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

MT, PR, BP, and HRD conceived and designed the experiments. PR, BP, and AFF performed the experiments. PR, BP, AFF, and HRD analyzed the data. MT, PR, BP, PS, AFF, VN, and HRD contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools. MT, PR, BP and HRD wrote the paper.