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Adaptive Brain Lab


Principle Investigators


Professor Zoe Kourtzi

Zoe Kourtzi is Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on imaging the neural processes in the human brain that mediate complex, adaptive cognitive functions and behaviour. The aim of her work is to understand the neural processes that mediate complex cognitive functions (i.e. object categorization, recognition, perceptual decisions) and their experience-based and developmental neural plasticity.

Professor Stefan Debener

Stefan Debener is on faculty at the Institut für Psychologie, Universität Oldenburg. His research objective is to achieve a better understanding of the brain-behaviour relationship. How does the brain respond to sensory deprivation, and how could a better knowledge of compensatory mechanisms help to improve rehabilitation strategies, for instance in the deaf? How is information of the different senses, such as seeing and hearing, combined to create a coherent percept of the world? Why do we make errors even in very simple tasks? And could we predict those errors before they occur? To investigate these questions Dr. Debener combines established approaches in experimental psychology with non-invasive recordings of human brain function. These include high-density EEG, but as well as MEG, fMRI, and concurrent EEG-fMRI recordings.

Professor Martin Giese

Martin Giese is head of the section for Computational Sensomotorics at the Hertie Insitute for Brain Research Tuebingen. His research interests neuronal models for high-level vision and action perception. Adaptive motor control of complex body movements, machine learning approaches for trajectory representation and movement control and learning and plasticity mechanisms in action recognition.

Professor Rainer Goebel

Rainer Goebel is the director of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre at the University of Maastricht. His research includes high-resolution functional imaging of the visual system, artificial large-scale columnar-level neural network models of the visual cortex, fMRI neurofeedback, fMRI/fNIRS brain computer interfaces and the development of new analysis methods for neuroimaging data. In addition he is the CEO of Brain Innovation and the principal developer of the fMRI data analysis software BrainVoyager and the real-time fMRI software Turbo BrainVoyager.


Dr Ingmar Gutberlet

Ingmar Gutberlet is President of BlindSight GmbH, a German company specializing in Biosignal Methods consulting and development as well as Clinical Trials services for the Pharmaceutical Industry.  Dr. Gutberlet has published numerous scientific papers and book chapters on the central nervous system and peripheral effects of emotional, subliminal and other stimuli using EEG/ExG, MEG and MRI technology; and lately with a special focus on the development and evaluation of state of the art signal analysis methods for the integration of EEG and MRI in combined EEG/MRI recordings.

Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg

Heidi Johansen-Berg heads the Plasticity in Disease research group in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. Her group is interested in how the brain changes with learning and recovery from damage, such as stroke. Her group use cutting edge brain scanning techniques to monitor brain change. They are also testing whether brain stimulation can be used to accelerate learning and to enhance rehabilitation effects following stroke.

Professor Christiaan Levelt

Christiaan Levelt is the depart head for the Molecular Visual Plasticity group at the Netherlands Insitute for Neuroscience. His group is interested in understanding what the main cortical mechanisms are which underlie visual acuity and synaptic plasticity in the early visual cortex, in particular, understanding the molecular signaling pathways which regulate this process.

Professor Stefano Panzeri

Stefano Panzeri is the head of the Laboratory of Brain Signals Analysis at the Italian Institute of Technology. His research involves using Information Theory , advanced quantitative analysis and computational modelling of neural networks to develop techniques for decoding the information content of brain recordings in order to understand the principles of cortical information processing and the processes for encoding and exchange of visual, auditory and tactile stimuli in the brain.

Professor Pieter Roelfsema

Pieter Roelfsema is the Scientific Director and Head of the Vision and Cognition group at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. He uses a combination of neurophysical, psychological and computational techniques to investigate how different cortical and sub-cortical regions are coordinated and interact with each other during the execution of cognitive tasks and what happens if this coordination fails.

Professor Rufin Vogels

Rufin Vogels is a principal investigator in the Laboratory for Neuro- and Psychophysiology at the University of Leuven. He uses fMRI and single cell recording techniques in awake behaving monkeys to understand the coding of objects and visual categories in the ventral visual system. He is also interested in the plasticity of visual cortical responses, perceptual learning and the relationship between single cell activity and fMRI activation.


List of Fellows

​Chamanthi Karun​​asekara

​Devavrat Vartak

Eef Joosten

Fiona van den Helligenberg

Girija Ravishankar

Heather Neyedli

​Ignacio Perez-Pozuelo

Joseph Giorgio

​Leonid Fedorov

Ling-Chia Chen

Michael Lührs

​Nuno Goncalves

Pierre Petitet

​Polytimi Frangou

Pradeep Kuravi

​Premnath Thamizharasu

​Sinead Brady

Susheel Kumar