Seminar Series

Combining TMS and EEG in cognitive neuroscience: methods and applications

Gregor Thut has worked over several years using EEG and TMS on a number of cognitive domains, including interhemispheric communication, the reward system, visuo-spatial attention, and self-processing (disembodiment). He has trained in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with Alvaro-Pascual Leone with whom he has introduced a new, alternative method for combining TMS and EEG to further develop tools for brain imaging in cognitive neuroscience. He will present recent work that uses TMS in combination with EEG (but also fMRI) addressing fundamental questions on the sources of EEG signals as well as on models of self and visual processing. Selected references: - Thut G, Ives JR, Kampmann F, Pastor M, Pascual-Leone A (2005). A device and protocol for combining TMS and online recordings of EEG/evoked potentials. J Neurosci Methods 141:207-17. - Thut G, Nietzel A, Pascual-Leone A (2005). Dorsal posterior parietal rTMS affects voluntary orienting of visuospatial attention. Cereb Cortex 15:628-38. - Blanke O, Mohr C, Michel CM, Pascual-Leone A, Brugger P, Seeck M, Landis T, Thut G (2005). Linking out-of-body experience and self processing to mental own body imagery at the temporo-parietal junction. J Neurosci 25:550-7. - Merabet L, Thut G, Murray B, Andrews J, Hsiao S, Pascual-Leone A (2004). Feeling by sight or seeing by touch? Neuron 42:173-9. - Thut G, Theoret H, Pfennig A, Ives J, Kampmann F, Northoff G, Pascual-Leone A (2003). Differential effects of low-frequency rTMS at the occipital pole on visual induced alpha desynchronization and visual evoked potentials. NeuroImage 18:334-47. - Thut G, Northof G, Ives JR, Kamitani Y, Pfennig A, Kampmann F, Schomer DL, Pascual-Leone A (2003). Effects of single-pulse TMS on functional brain activity: A combined event-related TMS and Evoked Potential study. Clin Neurophysiol 114:2071-80.