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Growing attention is paid to transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as a novel neuromodulation method in the treatment of psychiatric illnesses. In spite of its simple procedure, electrophysiological influence of tDCS is complex and not fully understood, and its procedure and clinical application is yet to be established. To address this issue, our Editorial Board member Tomiki Sumiyoshi reviews and summarizes reports currently available, and proposes future directions.

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Aims and scope

Neuropsychiatric Electrophysiology (NPEP) is an open access journal for researchers and clinicians interested in the applications of electrophysiological techniques for probing basic electrophysiological aberrations in neuropsychiatric disorders. The journal spans basic neuroscience theory, technology and methodology, as well as clinical research and practice, with a focus on moving electrophysiology laboratory findings from the bench to bedside. NPEP welcomes research utilizing various diagnostic and therapeutic techniques as they apply to neuropsychiatric conditions, as well as studies bridging the gap between electrophysiology and neuroimaging, genetics and pharmacology.

About the Editor

Nash N. Boutros is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the University of Missouri in Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Boutros is board certified in Psychiatry (Illinois State Psychiatric Institute), Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology (University of Illinois, Chicago). Dr. Boutros’s main research interest is in the utilization of electrophysiological techniques, including EEG, ERPs, sleep studies and transcranial magnetic stimulation, in probing the neuropathophysiology of major psychiatric disorders. He has been faculty at the University of Texas (San Antonio and Houston), The Ohio State University, Yale University and Wayne State University. His work has resulted in upward of 180 peer-reviewed journal articles.