Cognition and oscillations Lab - cURRENT Members


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Federica meconi - postdoctoral researcher (marie-curie fellow)

research interest

My main research interest is in empathy towards others' pain. As part of my Marie-Curie project, I will be exploring how autobiographical memories are involved when we empathize with others' physical pain.

 

key publications

Meconi, F., Doro, M., Lomoriello, A., Mastrella, G., & Sessa, P. (2018). Neural measures of the role of affective prosody in empathy for pain. Scientific Reports8(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-18552-y

Meconi, F., Anderl-Straub, S., Raum, H., Landgrebe, M., Langguth, B., Bäuml, K., & Hanslmayr, S. (2016). Aberrant prefrontal beta oscillations predict episodic memory encoding deficits in schizophrenia. Neuroimage: Clinical12, 499-505. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2016.08.017

Vaes, J., Meconi, F., Sessa, P., & Olechowski, M. (2016). Minimal humanity cues induce neural empathic reactions towards non-human entities. Neuropsychologia89, 132-140. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.06.004

Sessa, P., & Meconi, F. (2015). Perceived trustworthiness shapes neural empathic responses toward others' pain. Neuropsychologia79, 97-105. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.10.028

Meconi, F., Vaes, J., & Sessa, P. (2014). On the neglected role of stereotypes in empathy toward other-race pain. Social Neuroscience10(1), 1-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2014.954731

Sessa, P., Meconi, F., & Han, S. (2014). Double dissociation of neural responses supporting perceptual and cognitive components of social cognition: Evidence from processing of others' pain. Scientific Reports4(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep07424

Meconi, F., Luria, R., & Sessa, P. (2014). Individual differences in anxiety predict neural measures of visual working memory for untrustworthy faces. Social Cognitive And Affective Neuroscience9(12), 1872-1879. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/scan/nst189

 

Contact

f.meconi.1 [at] bham.ac.uk


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Emmanuel Biau - Post Doctoral researcher (Sir henry Wellcome trust fellow)

research interest

 My research aims to investigate how the natural alignment between speaker’s lip movements and verbal utterance onto dominant theta rhythm in audiovisual speech shapes the formation of new multimodal memories. I’ll combine naturalistic material presentation to MEG and iEEG recording to address the incidence of audiovisual synchrony on endogenous theta oscillations in sensory cortical areas, and whether such a coordinated activity is potentially reflected deeper in the binding memory sites (i.e. hippocampus). 

Key Publications

 Biau, E., Fromont, L. A. and Soto-Faraco, S. (2018), Beat Gestures and Syntactic Parsing: An ERP Study. Language Learning, 68: 102-126.

Fromont, L.A., Soto-Faraco, S., & Biau, E. (2017). Searching high and low: Prosodic breaks disambiguate Relative clauses. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:96.

Biau, E., Fernandez, L.M., Holle, H., Avila, C., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2016). Hand gestures as visual prosody: BOLD responses to audio-visual alignment are modulated by the communicative nature of the stimuli. NeuroImage, 132, 129-137.

Biau, E., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2015). Synchronization by the hand: The sight of gestures modulates low-frequency activity in brain responses to continuous speech. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 527.

Biau, E., Torralba , M., Fuentemilla, L., de Diego Balaguer, R., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2015). Speaker’s hand gestures modulate speech perception through phase resetting of ongoing neural oscillations. Cortex, 68, 76-85.

Biau, E., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2013). Beat gestures modulate auditory integration in speech perception. Brain and Language, 124(2), 143–52.

Contact

e.biau [at] bham.ac.uk


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FREDERIC ROUX - POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

RESEARCH INTEREST

Episodic memory is "what" enables us to remember unique events such as whom we met at a particular place and time. Thus, events that occur only once per lifetime can be remembered forever. My interest is to understand how the brain accomplishes this extraordinary feat by combining experimental and theoretical techniques. I have turned to computer modelling to test hypotheses on how brain cells process and store episodic memories. To refine these models I look at the electric activity generated by single cells in human hippocampus while new memories are being created.

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS

Hanslmayr, S., & Roux, F. (2017). Human Memory: Brain-State-Dependent Effects of Stimulation. Current Biology27(10), R385-R387. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2017.03.079

Pratt, J., Dawson, N., Morris, B., Grent-'t-Jong, T., Roux, F., & Uhlhaas, P. (2017). Thalamo-cortical communication, glutamatergic neurotransmission and neural oscillations: A unique window into the origins of ScZ?. Schizophrenia Research180, 4-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2016.05.013

Roux, F., Armstrong, B., & Carreiras, M. (2016). Chronset: An automated tool for detecting speech onset. Behavior Research Methods49(5), 1864-1881. http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13428-016-0830-1

Klein, D., Rotarska-Jagiela, A., Genc, E., Sritharan, S., Mohr, H., & Roux, F. et al. (2014). Adolescent Brain Maturation and Cortical Folding: Evidence for Reductions in Gyrification. Plos ONE9(1), e84914. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0084914

Roux, F., & Uhlhaas, P. (2014). Working memory and neural oscillations: alpha–gamma versus theta–gamma codes for distinct WM information?. Trends In Cognitive Sciences18(1), 16-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2013.10.010

Roux, F., Wibral, M., Singer, W., Aru, J., & Uhlhaas, P. (2013). The Phase of Thalamic Alpha Activity Modulates Cortical Gamma-Band Activity: Evidence from Resting-State MEG Recordings. Journal Of Neuroscience33(45), 17827-17835. http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.5778-12.2013

Uhlhaas, P., Roux, F., & Singer, W. (2013). Thalamocortical Synchronization and Cognition: Implications for Schizophrenia?. Neuron77(6), 997-999. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2013.02.033

Roux, F., Wibral, M., Mohr, H., Singer, W., & Uhlhaas, P. (2012). Gamma-Band Activity in Human Prefrontal Cortex Codes for the Number of Relevant Items Maintained in Working Memory. Journal Of Neuroscience32(36), 12411-12420. http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.0421-12.2012

Uhlhaas, P., Roux, F., Rodriguez, E., Rotarska-Jagiela, A., & Singer, W. (2010). Neural synchrony and the development of cortical networks. Trends In Cognitive Sciences14(2), 72-80. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2009.12.002

Uhlhaas, P., Roux, F., Singer, W., Haenschel, C., Sireteanu, R., & Rodriguez, E. (2009). The development of neural synchrony reflects late maturation and restructuring of functional networks in humans. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences106(24), 9866-9871. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0900390106

 

Contact

f.roux [at] bham.ac.uk


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benjamin james griffiths - PHD STUDENT

research INTEREST

Ben’s current research focuses on the role of alpha and beta desynchronisation in episodic memory formation and retrieval. In an ongoing simultaneous EEG-fMRI project, he is examining the relationship between oscillatory desynchronisation and the BOLD correlates of memory reinstatement. Meanwhile, his work with epilepsy patients is examining the interaction between neocortical low-frequency desynchronisation and hippocampal theta-gamma synchronisation during episodic memory formation.

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS

Griffiths, B., & Beierholm, U. (2017). Opposing effects of reward and punishment on human vigor. Scientific Reports7, 42287. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep42287

Griffiths, B., Mazaheri, A., Debener, S., & Hanslmayr, S. (2016). Brain oscillations track the formation of episodic memories in the real world. Neuroimage143, 256-266. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.09.021

 McKeown, D., Holt, J., Delvenne, J., Smith, A., & Griffiths, B. (2014). Active versus passive maintenance of visual nonverbal memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review21(4), 1041-1047. http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13423-013-0574-1

 

conference contributions

Griffiths, B., Michelmann, S., Staresina, B., Wimber, M., Chelvarajah, R., Rollings, D., Sawlani, V., Hamer, H., Gollwitzer, S., Kreiselmeyer, G., Hanslmayr S. (2017). Poster presentation. British Neuroscience Association. Birmingham, UK.

Griffiths, B., Michelmann, S., Staresina, B., Wimber, M., Chelvarajah, R., Rollings, D., Sawlani, V., Hamer, H., Gollwitzer, S., Kreiselmeyer, G., Hanslmayr S. (2017). Poster presentation. Event Representations in Episodic and Semantic Memory Workshop. York, UK.

Griffiths, B., Michelmann, S., Staresina, B., Wimber, M., Chelvarajah, R., Rollings, D., Sawlani, V., Hamer, H., Gollwitzer, S., Kreiselmeyer, G., Hanslmayr S. (2016). Poster presentation. Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, USA.

Griffiths, B., Mazaheri, A., Debener, S., & Hanslmayr, S. (2016). Oral presentation. 6th International Conference on Memory. Budapest, Hungary.

Griffiths, B., & Hanslmayr, S. (2015). Poster presentation. Context and Episodic Memory Symposium. Philadelphia, USA.

Griffiths, B., & Beierholm, U. (2015). Poster presentation. Integrated Systems Neuroscience Workshop. Manchester, UK.

 

Contact

bjg335 [at] student.bham.ac.uk


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Mircea Van Der Plas - PhD Student

research INTEREST

 

 

Contact

mxv796 [at] student.bham.ac.uk


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Esau Ventura Pupo - 6 month internship

research INTEREST

Incoming sensorial information is processed and interpreted by the brain to make up our perceptual world. Such information processing is extremely time sensitive on the millisecond range and is thought to be subjected to rhythmic constraints. I take interest in the role of slow brain oscillations on the alpha range in building opportunity windows for neuronal processing and its behavioural and theoretical implications. Currently I use EEG to record brain activity during perceptual judgment tasks and TACs to interfere with such brain oscillations in order to test a rhythmic perception hypothesis. The project I develop at the University of Birmingham is part of a funding received my FAPESP and linked to the UFABC, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

Contact

ESP570 [at] student.bham.ac.uk


 

Cognition and oscillations Lab - alumnae and alumni