NEUROMODULATION
& NEURAL SYSTEMS

cross-modal, cross-species, cross the line
Ultrasound can make visible what is hidden, for example, to give parents a glimpse of their child before birth. We are now putting these high-frequency sound waves – beyond the range of human hearing – to use for a wholly different purpose: to manipulate the activity of the brain.
Beams of ultrasound can be safely focused at a millimetre scale, even deep within the brain, and modulate neural activity. Ultrasound has the potential to provide new insights into how the brain works and help us develop new treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Breaking new ground in such a way requires an integrative, cross-species approach. It requires a systems level combination of neuromodulation and neuroimaging techniques.
ultrasound neuromodulation
ultrasound neuromodulation
Ultrasound can be safely focused at a millimetre scale, even deep within the brain, and modulate neural activity. Ultrasound thus has the potential to provide new insights into how the brain works and help us develop new treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.
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instant conceptual inference
instant conceptual inference
Our human cognitive skills trump those of our primate relatives in many domains, ranging from logical reasoning to managing complex social lives and from tool-use to language. A basic yet powerful faculty might underlie many of these characteristic functions of the human mind: instant conceptual inference.
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comparative neuroanatomy
comparative neuroanatomy
The evolutionary emergence of our human ability to quickly infer upon conceptual relationships likely relies on the relative re-organization of large-scale connections in the human brain compared to those in other primates since our last common ancestor.
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communicative actions
communicative actions
I am interested in how we plan and execute social and communicative actions, for example pointing out an object to someone else. This seems like such a simple mundane task that it might be hard to see why it is so fascinating to study.
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neuromodulation

transcranial ultrasound (TUS), magnetic (TMS), and electric (TCS) brain stimulation

neuroimaging

functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

connectivity

functional MRI connectivity and diffusion-weighted MRI tractography

electrophysiology

magneto- (MEG) and electro- (EEG) encephalography

computational modelling

behavioural, cognitive, and neural models of action, communication, and learning

behaviour

motion analysis of grasping and pointing

MrCat
Magnetic Resonance Comparative Anatomy Toolbox
HCP pipelines
Human Connectome Project - Structural Analysis Pipeline
kinemagic
Motion Analysis Toolbox
EEG-TMS
FieldTrip extension for concurrent EEG-TMS analysis

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LENNART VERHAGEN

University of Oxford
Department of Experimental Psychology

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