Aphasia Rehab

Veterans Health Foundation

Immediate and Cumulative Effects of rTMS on Brain Activation in Chronic Aphasia

The purpose of this research study is to investigate the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to improve picture naming in aphasia. TMS is a non-invasive technique in which a coil, held outside of the head, is used to create a brief magnetic field that can increase or decrease activity in parts of the brain. For this study, participants will come to the VA for approximately 45 minutes every weekday for 2 consecutive weeks to receive TMS.  Participation also involves 3-4 testing sessions that will last approximately 2 hours each and 4 MRI brain scans that will last approximately 1 hour each, spaced throughout the study.