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I am a senior research associate in the Decision and Action Laboratory headed by Prof Matthew Rushworth at the Department of Experimental Psychology of the University of Oxford. I bring to life new non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to modulate neural circuits. I work on paired-associative TMS approaches to couple or uncouple specific cortical connections supporting decision making in both monkeys and human. Together with Dr Jérôme Sallet, I am particularly focussed on developing novel ultrasound neuromodulation techniques to alter brain areas with high precision, especially areas deep in the brain, such as the amygdala and caudate.

From August 2014 to August 2016 I was a Marie Curie research fellow jointly in the Decision and Action Lab and the Cognitive Neuroecology Lab of dr. Rogier Mars at the University of Oxford. I used MR neuroimaging techniques to compare the neuroanatomy of the monkey, ape and human brain, testing which connections are shared, and which are uniquely human. This cross-species approach is vital, not only to understand the evolution of the human brain, but also to bridge pre-clinical and clinical work.

Between 2012 and 2014 I have studied the neural mechanisms and neuroanatomy of human communication. I worked as a postdoc in the Neurobiology of Language group led by  prof. dr. Peter Hagoort and the Intention & Action group headed by prof. dr. Ivan Toni at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and BehaviourRadboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

I obtained my PhD in 2012 working with prof. dr. Ivan Toni and prof. dr. Chris Dijkerman (Experimental PsychologyHelmholtz InstituteUtrecht University). Using a large variety of neuroimaging and neurostimulation techniques I studied how conceptual and perceptual information is incorporated in an action plan.

PEOPLE

LAB

Matthew Rushworth, head of Decision and Action Lab
Davide Folloni, PhD student

ALUMNI

Ayaka Kato, MSc - now at Tokyo
Nicole Eichert, MSc - now at Oxford
Lori Dershowitz, MSc - now at Stanford
Anke Murillo Oosterwijk, MSc - now at Donders
Marius Zimmermann, PhD - now at Copenhagen
Arjen Stolk, PhD - now at UC Berkeley

COLLABORATIONS

Jerome Sallet, head of Neurobiology of Adaptive Behaviour Lab, Oxford
Rogier Mars, head of Cognitive Neuroecology Lab
Jean-François Aubry, Research Director at CNRS
Charlotte Stagg, head of Physiological Neuroimaging Group, Oxford
Mark Woolrich, head of OHBA Analysis Group, Oxford
Miriam Klein-Flügge, Decision & Action Lab, Oxford

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