Researcher biography

Brain plasticity refers to the ability of the brain to undergo change in response to various life events, training, learning or simple external stimulation. Recently, non-invasive brain stimulation tools have been developed that allow manipulation of brain plasticity. I am using these techniques (transcranial alternating current stimulation, tACS and transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS) to try to enhance plasticity, especially in the elderly brain, where it may be diminished. I also combine these tools with brain imaging to understand how different parts of the brain contribute to our ability to focus our attention.