Brain functions are supported by a balance between neural activity in local regions with the integrative effects of whole-brain network dynamics. The mechanisms linking changes in neural activity in specialised regions with the emergence of large-scale brain network dynamics as a function of behavioural demands remain largely unknown. This knowledge could help guide new therapeutic interventions aimed at restoring altered integration in brain disorders.
This project seeks to: (i) investigate the local factors that facilitate the transition between whole-brain network states as a function of changing behaviour; (ii) identify factors that could impede the renegotiation of whole-brain network dynamics to facilitate behavioural performances.
The student will analyse neuroimaging data using statistical and computational models.
This is a PhD/Master project that is suitable for a student interested in cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, and computational modelling. Intermediate programming skills are an essential prerequisite.