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Press: PolyU develops tDCS treatment for relieving symptoms in ASD

1 Mar 2023

PolyU develops tDCS treatment for relieving symptoms in ASD (Photo source: Oriental Daily)

PolyU research team helps enhancing social and cognitive functions of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder through transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation method


One of our UBSN members, Dr. Yvonne HAN from Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, has recently reported regarding her transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) study.

Her research team randomly sampled 41 young people, aged from 14 to 21, with mild Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They performed 10 times tDCS treatments at frontal lobe within two weeks. The results were found that the tDCS treatments, combining with cognitive training, may help facilitating the social communication skills and various cognitive functions of the young people with ASD. Dr. Han suggested that this enhancement may be due to the facilitation effect of tDCS on synaptic plasticity and neuronal network connection. She will further explore the effectiveness of tDCS stimulation as a booster or continuous treatment, as well as the feasibility of conducting tDCS treatment at home.


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Curated by Dr. Tommy LAM & Dr. Howard CHAN

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