In daily life our brains receive a continuous stream of sensory input. Effective processing in a complex natural environment requires the selection of relevant information and suppression of irrelevant input. We are interested in how brain rhythms help shape the internal state prior to perception, and thereby influence processing of external information, e.g. in the context of sensory detection, discrimination and decision-making.

We use several complementary methods to study these neuronal dynamics from the micro- to the macro-level: single cell and intracranial LFP & ECoG recordings to assess local network dynamics, MEG/EEG to reveal global state changes, and psychophysics to study the system’s behavioral output.

Our lab is based both at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, and at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.