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Lukas Schaeffner

Biography:

I graduated with a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Salzburg. During my undergraduate degree I conducted psychophysics experiments to study the use of binocular disparity for the perception of object gloss. I also conducted EEG sleep research to investigate the role of different sleep stages in memory consolidation.

In 2014 I joined the Adaptive Brain Lab, as a Marie Curie early stage researcher. I use brain stimulation to study sensory processing in the visual brain. My work combines TMS and fMRI to reveal the potential applications and limitations of brain stimulation in vision research.

As the main focus of my PhD I study brain mechanisms of binocular disparity processing using a combined approach of TMS and concurrent EEG: I investigate how primary visual cortex uses implausible disparity information to support a robust, unambiguous depth percept of our environment. I also study how mechanisms of stereovision in parietal cortex help us to obtain a coherent depth percept when disparity information is noisy.

Outside the lab I play volleyball for the University of Cambridge.

Lukas is a student of Fitzwilliam College.

Research Interests

I am interested in the use of brain stimulation as a tool to modulate or create visual perception. I am particularly excited about the application of this concept for visual prosthetics.

Additionally, I am interested in how the brain makes optimal use of sensory information to achieve robust and coherent perception. My current projects focus on brain processing mechanisms of binocular disparity which support depth vision.