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Mme. Joana SANTOS LEITAO

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

H08-03.162.177 (Campus Biotech)
+41 22 37 90344
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Research statement: 

I am interested in understanding how large-scale brain networks dynamically interact to produce behaviour that is adaptive to the current environmental context. To do so, I combine fMRI with continuous behavioural responses, peripheral bodily data and other (neuroimaging) methodologies in order to gain an integrated view on human brain processing. 

Research expertise:

1. Methodologies:  fMRI, TMS, EMG, Psychophysiology

2. Multimodal data acquisition

3. Experimental Design

3. Stimulus Presentation (using Psychtoolbox) and synchronization with different types of data acquisition (psychophysiology, eye-tracker, fMRI, etc.).  

4. fMRI data analysis (analysis software: SPM/Matlab)

5. Pre-processing of psychophysiological (EDA, cardiac, respiration) and EMG data and their inclusion in fMRI analyses 

Publications:

Leitão J, Thielscher A, Lee HL, Tuennerhoff J, Noppeney U (2017). Transcranial magnetic stimulation of right inferior parietal cortex causally influences prefrontal activation for visual detection. Eur J Neurosci. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13743. 

Leitão J, Thielscher A, Tuennerhoff J, Noppeney U (2017). Comparing TMS perturbations to occipital and parietal cortices in concurrent TMS-fMRI studies-Methodological considerations. PLoS One. 12(8): e0181438

Leitão J, Thielscher A, Tünnerhoff J, Noppeney U (2015). Concurrent TMS-fMRI Reveals Interactions between Dorsal and Ventral Attentional Systems. J Neurosci. 35(32):11445-57

Leitão J, Thielscher A, Werner S, Pohmann R, Noppeney U (2013). Effects of Parietal TMS on Visual and Auditory Processing at the Primary Cortical Level - A Concurrent TMS-fMRI Study. Cereb Cortex. 23:873-884


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