Functional brain imaging

fMRI of the brain

Modern technology has made possible the visualization of the human brain function. By functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and EEG, the knowledge about human brain function has increased considerably in recent times.

Today, we know that the brain consists of a large number of functional units in complex interaction. My research aims to study the neurobiological mechanisms of the brain's networks for better understanding of the relationships between different mental states and the brain’s biological function. Below are short descriptions of projects that I participate in.


 Hjärnan avbildad under meditation

Meditation transforms the activity in the brain’s networks. We study how the brain is transformed by different meditative states and how practice in different meditation techniques can influence brain plasticity for increased well-being.


 Hjärna avbildad vid smärta

Pain is a complex brain-body interaction. We study pain in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and generalized pain. 

Sleep and wakefulness

 Sleep pathways

Sleep and wakefulness are regulated by brain stem, hypothalamic and thalamo-cortical networks. We use combined fMRI-EEG and mathematical modelling to study brain function in these networks during sleep and wakefulness.

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Maria Engström, Birgitta Söderfeldt (2010)

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Vol.16 , s.597-599 Continue to DOI

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Mats Larsson, Kirsten Tillisch, Bud Craig, Maria Engström, Jennifer Labus, Bruce Naliboff, Peter Lundberg, Magnus Ström, Emeran Mayer, Susanna Walter (2012)

Gastroenterology , Vol.142 , s.463-472 Continue to DOI

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