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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (10): 1789-1798.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01789

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The Application of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) in the Treatment of Depression

ZHANG Dashan; SHI Huiying; LIU Wei; QIU Jiang; FAN Fenghui   

  1. (Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality (SWU), Ministry of Education;
    School of Psychology,Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
  • Received:2014-12-04 Online:2015-10-15 Published:2015-10-15
  • Contact: SHI Huiying, E-mail: QIU Jiang, E-mail:


Previous neuroimaging researches proposed that one of the most important etiologies of depression is the impairment of structure and function of the prefrontal cortex. As a non-invasive technique, tDCS can alleviate depressive symptoms and improve impaired cognitive functions steadily and effectively by regulating cortical excitability through targeting at the prefrontal cortex. To achieve more extensive clinical application in the future, future studies should do more advanced researches from six orientations, such as the effectiveness of tDCS, individual differences, early prevention and intervention.

Key words: depression, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), treatment