My research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of executive functions, visual working memory, and how both interact with intrinsic brain activity. More specifically, I am interested in how the brain detects unusual signals to then make efficient and timely decisions about how to act. For example, when one is driving and need to either execute or withhold an action in order to avoid hitting someone who has walked out in front of the car. I aim to identify the neural circuits involved in such dynamic processing, going from detecting signals to making inhibitory responses, using techniques such as EEG and non-invasive brain stimulation.
In addition to mapping such ‘online’ functions, I also study how the brain’s intrinsic activity (so-called resting-state activity) interacts with them. If this intrinsic activity carries information about how an individual’s brain is wired then it may influence how that person responds to information from the outside world. Following this supposition we have indeed seen how resting-state oscillations influence working memory performance and how we can modulate this using brain stimulation to alter memory performance.