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Brain stimulation Research Fellow highlight

12 December 2018

Picture of a CUBRIC research fellow with a blurred background of a participant receiving brain stimulation

Research fellows are a vital part of CUBRIC's scientific workforce, and one researcher in particular is making waves in the world of brain stimulation.

Dr Chris Allen utilises non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as TMS and tES to activate neurons in the brain, which allows for the study of perception, attention and cognition. In a recent study, Chris combined TMS and MEG as a way in which to investigate the relationship between brain activity and cognitive control.

My work focuses on relationships between experience and its physical embodiment. I use a variety of brain stimulation and brain imaging techniques to change and measure brain activity and relate these to changes in experience. I am particularly interested in how conscious experience flows over time and how this relates to the time course of brain activity. In a recent experiment, I showed the rate at which we can hear things as discrete and separated corresponds directly to rates of brain waves. This implies that brain waves or oscillations might perform a fundamental role in providing limited conditions that allow us to represent information.

Man with a transcranial electrical stimulation wand behind his head

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