Research Group Multisensory Integration and Attention
Why does food lose its taste when your nose is stuffed up? Why are we better in hearing speech when we see a speaker’s lip movements? These are questions of interest in the emerging field of multisensory integration. In our studies we examine the neural mechanisms and the computational operations underlying multisensory processing in the human brain. We also investigate aberrant multisensory integration in psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia.
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A particular focus of our research is the examination of oscillatory activity in the human brain. Neural oscillations play an important role in cognition and attention. Moreover, our studies have shown that they are crucial for multisensory integration. Our studies target, among others, the multisensory processing of pain and the neural mechanisms underlying aberrant multisensory integration in individuals with schizophrenia.
In our research we use high-density electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and computational modeling.