I studied Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience. I have a interdisciplinary education in mathematics, computer science, logic, linguistics, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy. I specialized in experimental neuroscience and received a PhD in Neuroscience on the topic of neural signal dynamics in different brain states from Hannover Medical School.
I am interested in three big questions. Why do people behave the way they do? What and why is consciousness? And do we really need consciousness? As long as you agree with the fundamental premise of neuroscience - the answers to these questions must ultimately lie somewhere in a function of the brain. However, there is likely to be a lot more to this, and these questions are too big to tackle directly. So its good to start small to understand basic building blocks first. There are many small questions and problems in neuroscience, especially of practical clinical importance.
I am working currently on the topic of brain plasticity after hearing loss. This comes down to two questions: What happens to your brain, when you become deaf? And how does your brain develop when you are born deaf? These questions are especially important in relation to hearing restoration with cochlear implants. The cochlear implant restores the auditory input to the deaf brain and this suddenly has to make sense again of this new auditory input. However, adaptations of the brain to deafness, may then be interfering or not with this new sensory information.
On a more technical side, I am also interested in changes of sensory processing during anesthesia, or different brain states in general, which also can help to define what consciousness NOT is. I apply multichannel microelectrode arrays, cortical surface, and EEG recordings, in combination with different types of brain signals and different signal processing techniques to study these questions.
Currently, I work towards the tuning of neural prostheses with a combination of machine learning and a lexicon of auditory neural representations. In addition, I currently study cognitive executive function in hearing and deaf subjects with human EEG. I am currently running an auditory neuroscience lab within the Institute for Audioneurotechnology of Prof. Andrej Kral at the Hannover Medical School, Germany.
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