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