My research targets the study of the neural mechanisms underlying top-down and stimulus-driven bottom-up processes in the human brain. A particular focus of my studies is on the role of neural synchrony, measured by the electroencephalogram (EEG) and magnetoencephalogram (MEG), for multisensory processing. Moreover, my studies focus on the neural mechanisms underlying pain processing and on the investigation of oscillatory responses in clinical populations (e.g., patients with schizophrenia) and persons with sensory deprivations (e.g., persons with cochlear implants). My studies also involve pupilometric measurements, genotyping, and quantification of neurotransmitter concentration (spectroscopy).
Beamforming approaches enable to examine the cortical networks that entrain oscillatory responses as a mechanism of neural communication. The figure shows a contralateral increase and an ipsilateral decrease in oscillatory beta activity following intracutaenous stimulation of the left index finger (MEG data). Analysis was performed using Fieldtrip.