Creativity; Functional Magnetic Resonance; Functional Neuroimaging; Gyrus Cinguli; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Neurosciences; Nucleus Accumbens; Prefrontal Cortex; Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
My main research focus is online TMS/fMRI. Different state of the art setups allow me to employ a systematic multi-modal investigation on local and remote TMS evoked brain activity changes, as measured by fMRI, to evaluate efficacy of existing stimulation paradigms and allow for optimisation of stimulation and imaging parameters.
Techniques, methods & infrastructure
TMS allows for systematic modulation of the excitability of well-defined brain regions, this method is particularly suited to investigate and establish causal relationships between the modulation of neuronal activity and following changes in cerebral function and overt behavior.
Simultanous fMRI using inhouse developed seven channel receive magnetic resonance coil that is placed between the skull and the TMS coil. This allows to obtain fMRI data from the site of stimulation with unprecedented sensitivity.