Santa struck early this year: The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has just granted AC head Jonas (University of Lübeck) and brain-stimulation wiz Gesa Hartwigsen (now a group leader at AC’s former institution, the MPI in Leipzig) a joint 3‑year grant, worth 371,000 € in total, on “Modulating neural network dynamics of speech comprehension: The role of the angular gyrus”. This project will build on Gesa and Jonas’ recent paper in Cortex on the topic. Thanks again to the funding body and the helpful reviewers!
Very proud: PhD student Lorenz Fiedler goes live (pre-peer-review) with his work of predicting the focus of attention in single-channel/forward models in in-ear EEG!
Here is the preprint of the paper, which now will undergo peer-review. Thanks for checking it out!
Next week we will be presenting some of our latest work at the Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.
Please tag along and check out our posters.
Also, consider checking in at the APAN satellite meeting, on Friday 11, where most of these posters will be presented as well.
Posters by the Obleser lab:
Sunday afternoon Session:
ALAVASH et al., Large-scale brain networks …, Board GG5
FIEDLER et al., Scalp EEG …, Board GG6
LIM et al., Effects of L‑dopa …, Board GG3
WASCHKE et al., Neural noise …, Board GG1
WILSCH et al., Investigating decay …, Board GG4
Monday afternoon Session:
GRAVERSEN et al., Ear-EEG …, Board NNN26
See you there.
Für unsere Studien suchen wir interessierte Probanden, die bei uns abwechslungsreiche Höraufgaben bearbeiten und uns dadurch helfen, das menschliche Gehirn besser zu verstehen. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.
From autumn on, or at the earliest convenience, we are looking for a new postdoc for the (still fairly new) Obleser lab in Lübeck. Please see the job advert here. Deadline for applications is July 6.
From this particular postholder we hope for some support in our Methods teaching as well, therefore a decent command of German will be required.
Finally, this is a brief “Hello” from Lübeck, where the new instantiation of the Obleser lab has set up shop:
I took this photo at the beginning of our journal club session last friday; the wide angle being necessary to showcase our latest addition, the new projector.
From left to right: Michael Plöchl, Malte Wöstmann, Lorenz Fiedler, Sung-Joo Lim, Mohsen Alavash, Franziska Scharata, and Sarah Tune. Not in picture: Sophie Herbst. Welcome to Lübeck, everybody!
Our newest member of the lab, post-doc Sarah Tune, just published a review article in the Journal of Neuroscience. The article appeared in the “Journal Club” section, where graduate students or post-docs are given the chance to write short review pieces.
Sarah and former UCI Brain Circuits colleague Salomi Asaridou comment on a recent TMS study by Davey et al. (2015) who investigated the role(s) of the middle temporal gyrus and angular gyrus in the encoding and retrieval of semantic information. Sarah and Salomi review and discuss some of the factors that limit the interpretation of rTMS-induced behavioral changes in semantic judgement tasks. Concluding, they argue that a focus on neural networks and mechanistic principles is key to understanding the neural implementation of semantic cognition.
For those interested in auditory cortex and how a regime of predictions, prediction updates and surprise (a version of “prediction error”) might be implemented there, I contributed a brief featurette (“insight”, they call it) to eLife on a recent paper by Will Sedley, Tim Griffiths, and others. Check it out.