After being accepted to the Promotionsfoerderung of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes,
I joined the Basic and Applied Neurodynamics (BAND) Lab in January 2021 as a PhD candidate.
My current research project aims at investigating the temporal dynamics of the brain linked to auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH), defined as the sensory experience of voices in the absence of external stimulation. While being a cardinal symptom of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, AVH are also found in the general population. The mechanisms (e.g., aberrant static functional connectivity) associated with AVH in clinical and non-clinical samples have been extensively studied in the past. Yet, we still lack insight into the temporal dynamics of cortical networks on a sub-second scale, and how abnormalities thereof might contribute to the experience of hallucinations.
Recently, research has acknowledged that continuous time-series data can be conceptualized as a set of sequentially reoccurring, discrete, hidden brain states, each capturing the momentary spatial distribution of brain activity. To increase the understanding of the underlying neurocognitive mechanisms of AVH, I am using computational generative methods to explore how these temporal brain state dynamics change as a function of hallucination proneness. In the future, these insights could facilitate the development of individual risk profiles used for early diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention.
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Computational models
- Brain state dynamics
- Auditory verbal hallucinations
- Hallucination proneness
- Behavioural Measures
- Hidden Semi-Markov Models
- Matlab (Letswave, EEGLab), SPSS
Qualifications and Professional Experience
- January 2021 – current : PhD candidate at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Supervision: Prof. Sonja Kotz and Prof. David Linden.
- February 2020: Training in Hidden Semi-Markov Modeling in collaboration with the Institute of Quantitative Life Sciences in Trieste, Italy. Supervision: Prof Wael El’Deredy.
- November 2019- August 2018: Research Intern at the Basic and Applied Neurodynamics (BAND) Lab, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Supervision: Prof. Sonja Kotz and MSc. Xanthate Duggirala.
- August 2018 – August 2020: Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (Specialization Neuropsychology) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
- January 2018 – July 2018: Clinical and research assistant at Research Center Juelich, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Juelich, Germany.
- October 2017 – December 2017: Clinical intern at working group Neuropsychology; Training in neuropsychological assessment at the University Clinic Cologne, Germany. Supervision: Prof. Josef Kessler.
- August 2014 – July 2017: Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Specialization Health) at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
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