Essay heading: A short critical evaluation of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

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However, determining and matching task difficulty, stimulus size and duration are limitations for this control (Anand & Hotson, 2002). By altering the position of the coil so that only part of it is touching the skin, or by using a ‘sham’ coil, which mimics the ancillary effects of TMS, a sham control is implemented (Anand & Hotson, 2002)...
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However, as Loo et al. (2000) found, the choice of position for the sham TMS depends on the design of the study, as the criteria for an ‘ideal sham’ was not met in any of the coil positions they investigated. As such, the placebo effect of sham TMS in previous studies may have been partially active (Loo et al...
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