Suppression of cutaneous perception by magnetic pulse stimulation of the human brain

Masud Seyal, Lorainne K. Masuoka, John K. Browne

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We have demonstrated that magnetic pulse stimulation of the sensorimotor cortex suppresses perception of threshold electrical stimuli to the fingers of the contralateral hand. Maximum suppression of perception occurs when the fingers are stimulated 30-90 msec after the magnetic pulse. Thereafter, errors in perception of the cutaneous stimulus decrease to control levels by 300-400 msec after the magnetic pulse. The period of maximum suppression of perception coincides with the period during which cortically generated somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) are enhanced following magnetic pulse stimulation of the brain. The duration of suppression of perception, however, outlasts the duration of SEP enhancement. When the magnetic pulse is delivered after finger stimulation there is also suppression of perception. The suppression of perception is maximal when the magnetic pulse occurs 20-30 msec after finger stimulation. This interval coincides with the arrival of the afferent volley at the primary sensory cortex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-401
Number of pages5
JournalElectroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology/ Evoked Potentials
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1992



  • (Human)
  • Brain
  • Cutaneous sensation
  • Magnetic stimulation
  • Perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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