The Clinical Brain Lab
Our brain plays an important role in how we perceive and interact with the world around us. What happens when development goes awry in our brain, or insult occurs to our brain? How do we harness neuroplasticity to ameliorate neuropsychiatric conditions, or to optimize learning during the natural progression of neurodegeneration? Can we enhance cognitive health through neuromodulations?
At the Clinical Brain lab, we apply clinical neuropsychological principles to uncover the enigma of the brain and work towards addressing these questions. Clinical neuropsychology examines the intricate relationship underlying the mental processes and our behavior. It allows us to understand how dysfunctions of the brain affect the way we perceive internal and external environments, communicate with others, make judgments, plan and execute ideas, and coordinate emotions.
The main research modalities in our lab include traditional neuropsychological assessments, cognitive tests, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), diffusion MRI and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). More recently, we have also included the use of electroencephalography (EEG) to answer research questions that require better temporal resolution and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to investigate how we can modulate brain functions.
Research themes at our lab:
1. Higher Cognition in the Cerebellum and its involvement in clinical conditions
2. Aging Neuroscience
3. Education and Cognitive Neuroscience
Functional imaging facilities are housed at the state-of-the-art Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre (CoNiC), Experimental Medicine Building (EMB), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. CoNiC houses a Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner, a Siemens 0T MRI scanner, an Elekta Triux MEG scanner, EEG, eye/retina OCT, TMS, TDCS, NIRS and hyperimaging devices.