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 boost 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, with the goal of boosting attention via brain stimulation.