Enhanced cognition and emotional recognition, and reduced obsessive compulsive symptoms in two adults with high-functioning autism as a result of deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS): a case report

Keren Avirame, Jimmy Stehberg, Doron Todder

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    Abstract

    We report reduced repetitive behaviors similar to obsessive compulsive disorder and improved emotional recognition and cognitive abilities in two young patients diagnosed with high-functioning Autism as a result of deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS). The patients received daily high-frequency (5 Hz) dTMS with HAUT-coil over the medial prefrontal cortex for a period of 5–6 weeks. A computerized cognitive battery, tasks for testing emotional recognition, and clinical questionnaires were used to measure the effects of treatment. TMS might have modulated networks related to metalizing abilities and self-referential processes since both patients reported improved sociability and communication skills.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)187-192
    Number of pages6
    JournalNeurocase
    Volume23
    Issue number3-4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 4 Jul 2017

    Keywords

    • Autism
    • cognition
    • emotion
    • obsessive compulsive disorder
    • transcranial magnetic stimulation

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