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A method has been proposed to study heat transport in magnetically confinement plasmas, based on the transfer entropy (TE). In this work, we study this method by introducing perturbations in simulations made using a resistive Magneto-HydroDynamic model. The evolution of radial heat transport is monitored using the TE, and these results are used to compute an effective heat diffusivity. This effective diffusivity is then compared to estimates from other methods. The analysis is applied to several numerical simulations and in various radial ranges. It is shown that the transfer entropy is a suitable technique to analyze heat transport and evaluate an effective diffusivity in fusion plasmas. Published by AIP Publishing.