Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive means for perturbing brain activity using magnetic fields. Although TMS is becoming popular in studies of brain function and as a potential treatment for various neurological and psychiatric disorders, its mechanisms remain poorly understood. Our lab has recently developed a relatively simple mathematical model for how TMS modifies brain activity across different brain regions. In the next phase of this research, we aim to improve the biological realism of the model. This project will contribute to developing a more realistic physiologically-based mathematical model for the large-scale effects of TMS, including comparing the model to data. This project would suit students with a background in physics, maths, or a related discipline, and an interest in computational neuroscience, preferably with some experience in programming (e.g. in MATLAB).
- Suitable for Honours student.