The Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC) is a research center founded by the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience of Maastricht University. It offers research facilities that were newly established within the Brains Unlimited project, including high (3 Tesla) and ultra-high (7 and 9.4 Tesla) magnetic fields MR scanners. The research core of M-BIC is formed by the Cognitive Neuroscience field, one of the four departments through which the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience conducts its research.
The research is divided in nine research units, that focus on (and are led by):
M-BIC staff members contribute to teaching in the bachelor's programme in Psychology, as well as the one-year master’s programme in Psychology. They also contribute to the two-year Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, which is run by FPN, FHML, and SBE.
M-BIC staff members also do all the teaching in the M-BIC graduate school. The M-BIC graduate school is set up primarily to teach M-BIC PhD students skills and in-depth background that will facilitate and enrich their research. For M-BIC PhD students, following (part of) these courses is from now on a requirement on the way to the Maastricht University PhD diploma. However, the courses are also open to other PhD students, both from within our own university and from other universities. For more information on offered courses and contact persons, please click here.
“Our brain is a universe, and that universe I want to understand.”
“What makes our research innovative is the combination of high-end technology on the MRI side, together with classical psychological research and advanced computational methods.”
“By disrupting a certain area of the brain while carrying out a task, like identifying pictures, you can determine whether this region is really necessary in order to perform the task.”
Last week Dr. Benedikt Poser of the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience (CN) at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) received word from the NWO (Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research) that his team received the NWO Investment Subsidy Medium grant (MaGW) from the NWO’s division of Social Sciences and Humanities.
The M-BIC lectures take place in the auditorium of the M-BIC (Oxfordlaan 55, Maastricht), at 16.00 CET and are followed by an informal reception.
Upcoming M-BIC lectures for 2018
Monday 10 December CANCELLED (will be reschuled)
Emrah Düzel, Clinical Neurophysiology and Memory, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Magdeburg, Germany.
Monday 21 January 2019
Ingrid Johnsrude, Department of Psychology, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Western Ontario, London (ON), Canada. The cognitive demands imposed by noisy, masked, and degraded speech. When speech is heard in the presence of background sound, or when hearing is impaired, the sensory information at the ear is often too ambiguous to support speech recognition by itself. In such circumstances, knowledge-guided processes that help to interpret and repair the degraded signal are required. I will present work that illustrates the importance of different sources of knowledge (such as familiarity with a talker’s voice) and how these may act to facilitate speech understanding. Then I will present work elucidating a brain system involved in at least a subset of repair processes, and demonstrate how activity in this system appears to be gated by attention. Finally, I will conclude by describing how listening effort – a concept that has become popular because it may relate to important individual differences in speech perception that are unexplained by intelligibility-performance measures - can be understood in relation to different cognitive demands imposed during perception of degraded speech.
Monday 28 January 2019
Hartwig Siebner, Head Research of Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark
The state is the art: targeting and shaping functional brain networks with transcranial non-invasive brain stimulation.
Monday 11 February 2019
Blomert lectures: Jessica Dubois, CEA, NeuroSpin, Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab, Paris, France
Imaging brain development in infants
Monday 11 March 2019
Nitzan Censor, School of Psychological Sciences, Sagol School of Neuroscience , Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Monday 15 April 2019
Catherine Tallon-Baudry, laboratoire de neurosciences cognitives, département d'études cognitives, école normale superieure, INSERM, PSL Research University, Paris, France.
Monday 27 May 2019
Maurizio Corbetta, Chair of Neurology, University of Padua and Director Neurology Unit, University Hospital Padua, Italy
Past M-BIC lectures