The Cognitive Neuroscience Section is a research unit based at the Saint John of God Clinical Research Centre. The main aim of the Section is to understand if cortical plasticity can be induced and manipulated by means of non-invasive brain stimulation combined with behavior task, in healthy and pathological adult brains. This lead us to study what is the relation between induced cortical plasticity and cognitive plasticity. Moreover, we aim to understand how cognitive plasticity can be sustained by the activity of a “functional neuronal network” (connectivity) and how this network is related with the condition of the subject. To achieve these objectives we use non invasive brain stimulation techniques like TMS, rTMS and tES (i.e., tDCS, tACS, tRNS) combined with other research methods (EEG, and co-registration TMS-tES-EEG)


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Latest publications

M.C. Pellicciari, D. Veniero, C. Miniussi (2017). Characterizing the cortical oscillatory response to TMS pulse. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fncel.2017.00038. View PDF

C. Bagattini, V. Mazza, L. Panizza, C. Ferrari, C. Bonomini, D. Brignani (2017). Neural dynamics of multiple object processing in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease: Future early diagnostic biomarkers? Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, doi: 10.3233/JAD-161274. View PDF

G. Thut, T.O. Bergmann, F. Fröhlich, S.R. Soekadar, J.S. Brittain, A. Valero-Cabré, A.T. Sack, C. Miniussi, A. Antal, H.R. Siebner, U. Ziemann, C.S. Herrmann (2017). Guiding transcranial brain stimulation by EEG/MEG to interact with ongoing brain activity and associated functions: A position paper. Clinical Neurophysiology, doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2017.01.003. View PDF



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CURRENT FUNDING

Ministry of Health “Ricerca Corrente” and “Ricerca Finalizzata”

ASM Foundation and Comunità Bresciana Foundation

Bial Foundation

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