Studying sensory processing means focusing on the rules and mechanisms that the brain uses to make sense of the world.
I use the somatosensory system – the sense of touch – as a gateway to uncover some of the fundamental principles that govern neuronal communication in the human brain. I am particularly interested in the dynamic, plastic nature of sensory processing: how our perceptions are critically dependent on the waxing and waning of millisecond to millisecond changes in brain activity.
Although I have a background in basic neuroscience, I use neuroimaging as a tool to study the human brain non-invasively. I have also recently begun to use brain stimulation to modulate brain activity.
Available PhD projects
- Effects of tDCS on perceptual learning and consolidation
- Sensory symptoms and the neurobiology of ASD
- Studying short and long-term plasticity in the somatosensory system using neuroimaging
Touch, plasticity, somatosensory, neuroimaging, autism, perceptual learning, neurophysiology.