Brain & Cognition Group

Alexander Sack

AlexFResearch Interests

My research focuses on the neurobiological and psychological principles underlying human cognition; combining various brain research techniques, ranging from psychophysics to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Electroencephalography (EEG), and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS).

Brief Bio

I studied Psychology and Neuroscience with a Master of Science in Psychology and PhD in Natural Sciences (summa cum laude) from Frankfurt University, Germany. Following my PhD, I completed several postdoctoral and academic research positions. Since 2011, I am appointed as Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience, Maastricht University. I am also Principal Investigator of the research unit “Brain Stimulation and Cognition” at the Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre. My research focuses on the neurobiological and psychological principles underlying attention, learning, memory and cognitive control,  combining various brain research techniques, ranging from psychophysics to functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Electroencephalography (EEG), and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS). I have received several research grants (VENI, VIDI, VICI, EU ERC) enabling me to establish multi-modal brain stimulation research laboratories, and to supervise and manage a larger scale international and interdisciplinary research project on the neural network dynamics underlying human cognition in healthy volunteers and brain lesion patients. My goal is to integrate spatial network analysis and temporal oscillation insights to enhance cognitive functions using noninvasive brain stimulation. This interdisciplinary and translational research program will deliver both fundamental insights into neurobiological mechanisms of attention, working memory and cognitive control in healthy participants, and derive new brain-system-based personalised interventions for cognitive rehabilitation after stroke or traumatic brain injury.

Teaching

Neurocognitive Psychology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Multimodal Brain Stimulation and Brain Imaging (TMS & fMRI & EEG)

Contact Information

a.sack@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Publications

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