The “Body, Brain, and Behaviour” research group investigates the interplay of neural and bodily rhythms in health and disease. Specifically, we are interested in understanding how physiological signals like respiration, heartbeat, and pupil dilation modulate brain activity.
These modulations have critical implications for our understanding of perception and cognition as well as for body-brain interactions in neurological and psychiatric disorders. Using high-resolution M/EEG and fMRI combined with comprehensive peripheral recordings, we study respiration-locked fluctuations in perception against the theoretical backdrop of predictive processing. Moreover, the translational line of our research is focussed on neuropsychiatric disorders with known alterations of brain oscillations and/or respiratory patterns, such as epilepsy and panic disorder.
Altogether, we aim to elucidate the fundamental underpinnings of human body-brain coupling and identify potential peripheral biosignatures of neuro- and psychopathology.
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