Researchers

Principal Investigator
Zoe Kourtzi
Postdoctoral Fellows
Caroline di Bernardi Luft
Rui Wang
Students
Alan Meeson
Adrian Garcia
(Drew) Hua-Chun Sun
Nuno Goncalves

IT and Administration

Matthew Dexter

Alumni

Peggy Gerardin
Sheng Li
Stephen Mayhew
Tim Preston
Jiaxiang Zhang
Shuguang Kuai
Yang Zhang
Marjolein Spronk
Hiroshi Ban
Dorita Chang

Prof. Zoe Kourtzi: Principal Investigator, Chair of Brain Imaging


My research focuses on imaging the neural processes in the human brain that mediate complex, adaptive cognitive functions and behaviour. The aim of my work is to understand the neural processes that mediate complex cognitive functions (i.e. object categorization, recognition, perceptual decisions) and their experience-based and developmental neural plasticity. In particular, we combine multimodal brain imaging methods (structural and functional MRI, EEG, MEG), established behavioural paradigms from cognitive psychology and state-of-the art mathematical algorithms to understand the link between brain structure, neural function and behaviour. The development of these multidisciplinary and advanced tools has direct applications for translational research in ageing and neurological disorders with potential impact for the prevention and treatment of nervous system disorders. Within this framework research in my lab spans diverse areas in neuroscience: visual brain imaging, learning and plasticity, cognitive development of the intact and impaired brain across the lifespan from infancy to ageing.



Curriculum Vitae


Personal page: Prof. Zoe Kourtzi


Telephone Number:0121 414 8509

Email: Z.Kourtzi@Bham.ac.uk


Hiroshi Ban: Post-doctoral fellow


My current research focuses on investigating human 3D/object perception by using behavioral measurements and EEG-fMRI concurrent recordings. In particular, I am interested in understanding which areas in the human brain are involved in the processing of depth information and whether activity in these regions mediates the observers perception of 3D shape.

Email: h.ban@bham.ac.uk


Education

B. Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
MSc. Human and Environmental Studies (Psychology), Kyoto University, Japan
D.Phil, Human and Environmental Studies (Psychology), Kyoto University, Japan

Shuguang Kuai: Post-doctoral fellow


My current research focuses on perceptual learning and spatiotemporal contour integration. In particular, I combine psychophysical measurements and fMRI recordings to explore brain networks involved in the integration of visual information across space and time. In addition, I am also working on a project to extract classification images from fMRI data.

Email: s.kuai@bham.ac.uk


Education

BSc, Psychology (major) and Computer Science (minor), East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.
PhD, Neurobiology, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China.

Dorita Chang: Post-doctoral fellow


My current research investigates 3D shape processing in the human visual system using a combination of psychophysical and fMRI techniques. More specifically, I am interested in studying the plasticity of the brain mechanisms responsible for processing 3D shapes.

Email: d.chang@bham.ac.uk

Education

BSc (Hons) Psychology - Behavioural Neuroscience, McMaster University, Canada
PhD Neuroscience, Queen's University, Canada

Yang Zhang: Post-doctoral fellow


My current project investigates perceptual learning in the human visual system using a combination of psychophysical and fMRI techniques. More specifically, I am interested in studying the plasticity of the brain mechanisms responsible for statistical learning.

Email: zhangy@bham.ac.uk

Education

BS Psychology , Northeast Normal University, China
MA Psychology , Northeast Normal University, China
Ph.D Psychology , Northeast Normal University, China

Caroline di Bernardi Luft: Post-doctoral fellow


My current research is focused on how learning mediates visual representations. Using Multivoxel Pattern Analysis (MVPA), we are investigating how sequence learning shapes the internal representations in the primary visual cortex while the participant is predicting the next visual shape in a given sequence.

Email: c.luft@bham.ac.uk

Education

BSs (Licentiate) Human Movement Sciences, UNICRUZ, Brazil
Graduate Diploma Neuropsychology, DOM BOSCO Faculty, Brazil
M.Sc. Motor Learning - Human Movement Sciences, UDESC, Brazil
Ph.D Psychology - Cognition, UFSC, Brazil

Marjolein Spronk: Post-doctoral fellow


My current research focuses on perceptual learning in the human visual and auditory system across the lifespan. More specifically, I am interested in individual variability in learning capacity and how it relates to individual differences in cognitive ability. I combine psychophysical measurements and fMRI recordings to examine brain plasticity related to perceptual learning.

Email: m.spronk@bham.ac.uk

Education

BSc. Psychology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
MSc. Biological and Neuropsychology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Ph.D Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Rui Wang: Post-doctoral fellow


My research interests include perception, attention and learning: how people efficiently process, select, strengthen, and store the information they need. My current work focuses on perceptual learning and its neural correlates using a combination of functional neuroimaging and psychophysical experiments. In addition, I am also interested in statistical learning focussing on how people understand and learn the structure of the world around them.

Email: r.wang@bham.ac.uk

Education

B.S. Physics, Peking University, China
Ph.D in Psychology, Beijing Normal University, China

Adrian Garcia: PhD Student


I am interested in the physical science of imaging at the biomedical interface. My current research project is in combining neuroimaging techniques (functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging) with spectroscopy to investigate brain plasticity. I am also working on alternative statistical and machine learning approaches to the analysis of brain activity.


Email: adg772@bham.ac.uk


Education

BSc (Hons) Computing, Birmingham City University.
MSc. Advanced Computer Science, University of Birmingham.
MSc. Physical Science of Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences, University of Birmingham.


(Drew) Hua-Chun Sun: PhD Student


Im interested in investigating the mechanisms of depth information integration and processing. My current project is in glass pattern perception and perceptual learning using neuroimaging techniques.


Email: hxs195@bham.ac.uk


Education

MSc. Psychology
BSc. National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan


Nuno Goncalves: PhD Student


My current research focuses on the application of high-field fMRI for unveiling functional properties of cortical layers in human visual cortex. We aim to assess, using multimodal imaging techniques, how learning shapes these properties.


Email: nrg259@bham.ac.uk


Education

Bioemdical Engineering BSc (Hons), Polytechnic Institute of Oporto, Portugal.
Double MSc in Biomedical Engineering / Neural Engineering (RWTH Aachen, Germany; Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Matthew Dexter: IT & Administrative Projects Officer


My role is to act as IT and technical support for the members of the Cognitive Neuroimaging lab. I am responsible for ensuring the day-to-day running of the lab including making sure all data is securely backed up and that all IT equipment is fully functional. I also work with students in programming their experiments in MATLAB, C# and C++ and I am also in charge of maintaining this web site.


Personal page: Matthew Dexter


Email: m.dexter@bham.ac.uk


Education

Computer-aided Chemistry B.Sc. Hons,University of Surrey. UK.
Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience MRes. University of Birmingham.


Alan Meeson: Development and application of novel methods for analysis and interpretation of neuroimaging data.


My research interests focus on the development and application of novel methods for analysis and interpretation of neuroimaging data. I am currently involved in a number of projects, including: comparing the effectiveness of different trial estimation methods, investigating alternative performance measures for classification based analyses, and exploring the application of real-time fMRI techniques.


Email: axm339@bham.ac.uk


Education

Natural Computation M.Sc., University of Birmingham
Computer Science/Software Engineering B.Sc., University of Birmingham