Our research focuses on visuospatial and auditory attention, learning and plasticity, as well as the pharmacological modulation of such processes. The combination of pharmacological challenges with cognitive tasks in the context of functional neuroimaging (fMRI) studies is a powerful approach to directly assess pharmacological modulation of human brain activity. For example, we have performed several pharmacological fMRI studies showing a nicotinic modulation of visuospatial attention and shown that nicotine increases brain network efficiency. A long-term goal of such studies is to provide an experimental approach that has relevance to studying mechanisms of recovery and treatment effects in different patient populations.
3T MRI (Prisma, Siemens) research facilities