Brain Stimulation & Promoting Open Science

Development & Application of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Methods

We employ a variety of brain stimulation methods (TMS, tES) to study perception, attention and higher cognition. We are also working to enhance and refine these methods, both in isolation and in combination with brain imaging techniques, including concurrent fMRI, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and MEG. For instance, our recent work (see figure below) has revealed how continuous theta burst stimulation of the human visual cortex can elevate the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA. We have also developed passive shim technology that nearly eliminates one major artefact of concurrent TMS-fMRI.

Promoting open science and reproducibility

There is growing recognition that the incentive structure in psychology and neuroscience undermines reproducibility by encouraging publication bias, significance chasing, low statistical power, hindsight bias, lack of replication and lack of data sharing. Together with our external partners, including the Center for Open Science, we are committed to developing solutions that reward best practice in hypothesis-driven science, including the Registered Reports initiative and the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines.