Combining TMS & fMRI

We’ve developed and validated a TMS/fMRI setup which allows us to manipulate and measure brain activity at the same time by combining Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). A dedicated MR coil array allows for high-sensitivity fMRI, particularly at the site of stimulation. Contrary to the standard birdcage approach, this coil has excellent […] Read more...


Retinotopic Mapping

One of the regions best examined by functional MRI (fMRI) is the occipital lobe, in particular the visual cortex, which is the main target for visual signals and the center of visual processing. Not all of the visual cortex is engaged with processing every visual signal. The regions of the primary visual cortex are responsible […] Read more...


Creativity research

What happens in your brain when you have an “Aha”-moment? As member of the multidisciplinary EU Consortium CREAM (creativity enhancement through advanced brain mapping and stimulation), we investigate neural activity during creative thinking. While creativity is a construct that is hard to define and creative performance is even harder to measure, the common phenomenon “Aha-Moment” […] Read more...


Resting state Functional MRI

In classical task-based fMRI the neuronal activity is studied while performing a well-defined task, e.g., making a decision, commonly with the goal of localizing the brain regions responsible for the task that was carried out. Resting state fMRI (rsfMRI), on the other hand, is concerned with the neuronal activity in the absence of a task, […] Read more...


Dynamic causal modeling

Dynamic causal modeling (DCM) is a hypothesis-­‐‑driven analysis approach based on Bayesian model comparison procedures (Bayes, 1763; Friston et al., 2003; Jeffkeys, 1939). DCM can be seen as an extension or generalization of fMRI analysis based on the general linear model. The application of DCM allows for creation of neural models to assess the dynamic […] Read more...


Manual Operation for 4th Generation Airliners – Man4Gen

In the EU project Man4Gen, we are cooperating with the National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands, the German Aerospace Center, Airbus, Boeing, and the University of Vienna, amongst other partners. Main research topic of the Man4Gen project is to investigate safety issues in civil aviation and aims to better understand the fundamentals of cockpit technology […] Read more...


Diffusion Tensor Imaging

Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a widely used imaging method used to approximate the anatomical structure and structural connectivity of the human brain. Diffusion in general describes the process of the displacement of particles due to concentration differences, i.e. the movement of water molecules through random motion from regions of higher concentration to regions of […] Read more...