WoRB – Workshop on Rhythms in the Brain – ready to go

Proudly we announce the first Workshop on Rhythms in the Brain (WoRB) held in Glasgow on Monday, 11 Sep 2017. WoRB sets the stage for four leading experts – Satu Palva, Ayelet Landau, Hartwig Siebner & Niko Busch – show-casing and discussing their state-of-the-art research in this intense half-day programme.

WoRB aims to gather a broad audience interested in the significance of rhythmic brain activity for cognitive function.
Two key aspects will be in the spotlight:
1) What do brain rhythms code for and how do they give rise to the complexity and efficiency in human behaviour?
2) How can we drive brain rhythms and establish their causal role in cognition through brain stimulation?

The WoRB format delivers condensed talks with opportunity to discuss and get together with the speakers during breaks.
It is our hope that WoRB fosters scientific exchange and spawns future perspectives for research into the functional role of intrinsic brain rhythms.

Programme:

  • 09:00 Registration
  • 09:20 Welcome
  • 09:30 Hartwig Siebner:
    Perspectives of state-informed non-invasive transcranial brain stimulation (NTBS): Creating a “state” or targeting a “state” with NTBS?
  • 10:15 Ayelet Landau:
    Attentional Sampling: a human exploration mechanism
  • 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:15 Niko Busch:
    Alpha Oscillations, Neuronal Excitability, and Perceptual Decisions
  • 12:00 Satu Palva:
    Entraining and modulating oscillations with TMS
  • 12:45 Lunch
  • 13:30 End of Session

More info here

Organised by Joachim Gross & Gregor Thut Organising Committee Christian Keitel (Chair), Domenica Veniero, Hyojin Park, Roberto Cecere & Christopher Benwell Website Marc Becirspahic WoRB logo courtesy of Christoph Daube Administrative support Lindsay Wilson & Alice Lee

Accepted paper on audio-visual synchrony and spatial attention

In this project, spearheaded by first author Amra Covic, we investigated the interplay of synchronised audio-visual (AV) stimuli and paying attention to their location.

AV stimuli typically have a processing advantage over unisensory stimuli. Current accounts ascribe this advantage to a secondary process, an automatic attraction of attention. We were thus surprised to find that AV and spatial attention influenced stimulus processing independently and additively, instead.

Our study made use of the frequency tagging (FT) approach. FT allowed us to keep track of two simultaneously presented stimuli. Classically stimuli flicker by switching them on and off. Here, we implemented an extra stimulus rhythm by periodically changing the shape of our grating-like stimuli (Gabor patches).

The paper has just been accepted for publication in NeuroImage.
Find the final version here: bioRxiv. ~PDF