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Micah M. Murray

Associate Professor
Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Department of Radiology,
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), BH 08.078
rue du Bugnon, 46, 1011 Lausanne

EEG Brain Mapping Core CIBM-CHUV
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), BH 08.078
rue du Bugnon, 46, 1011 Lausanne

email: Micah.Murray@chuv.ch



Research Interests

The primary foci of my research are within several domains, including: 1) the functional organization of sensory-cognitive systems, 2) multisensory processing, and 3) the development of methodological and analytical tools for electroencephalography (EEG) in conjunction with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). These topics have been addressed by applying a wide breadth of state-of-the-art brain imaging and psychophysical methodologies, with a parallel objective being to facilitate transversal interpretations across species, brain imaging techniques, and populations (e.g. healthy cohorts and neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric patients).

The underlying technical approach in my group is to use EEG as a neuroimaging technique. This is predicated on the notion that spatio-temporal information is critical for a comprehensive understanding of brain function. Electromagnetic recordings have a major advantage in their high temporal resolution, which is essential for addressing when during sensory-cognitive processing during brain areas become active and in what processing step(s) each is involved. Temporal information is equally critical for addressing questions of sequential versus parallel activation, feedforward versus feedback processing, and how information is ‘bound’ into unified percepts. However, it remains debated how to use such non-invasive recordings to actually glean statistically-based, neurophysiologic interpretations of response modulations. My ongoing work in this area, in strong collaboration with the group of Prof. Christoph Michel (www.brainmapping.unige.ch) as part of our joint direction of the EEG Brain Mapping Core of the Centre d’Imagerie Biomedicale (www.cibm.ch), is directed at developing analysis techniques that benefit from the added information of high-density electrode montages. These efforts have lead to the development of an analysis software Cartool that is freely available to researchers and is now used by leading EEG laboratories world-wide.

Representative Publications


Murray MM, Herrmann CS. (2013) Illusory contours: a window onto the neurophysiology of constructing perception. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17: 471-81.

Thelen A, Murray MM. (2013) The efficacy of single-trial multisensory memories. Multisensory Research, 26(5).

Michel CM, Murray MM. (2012). Towards the utilization of EEG as a brain imaging tool. Neuroimage, 61: 371-385.

Murray MM, Spierer L (2011). Multisensory Integration: What you see is where you hear. Current Biology, 21(6):R229-31.

Murray MM, Spierer L. (2009) Auditory spatio-temporal brain dynamics and their consequences for multisensory interactions in humans. Hearing Research, 258: 118-130.

Murray MM, Brunet D, Michel CM. (2008) Topographic ERP analyses: a step-by-step tutorial review. Brain Topography 20: 249-264.


Research Articles

Spierer L, Manuel A, Bueti D, Murray MM. (2013) Contributions of pitch and bandwidth to sound-induced enhancement of visual cortex excitability in humans. Cortex, in press. 10.1016/j.cortex.2013.01.001. PMID: 23419789

Salvioni P, Murray MM, Kalmbach L, Bueti D. (2013) How the visual brain encodes and keeps track of time. Journal of Neuroscience 33(30), 12423-12429.

Van Zaen J, Murray MM, Meuli RA, Vesin JM. (2013) Adaptive filtering methods for identifying cross-frequency couplings in human EEG. PLoS One. 8(4):e60513. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060513.PMID: 23560098

Toepel U, Knebel JF, Hudry J, Le Coutre J, Murray MM. (2012) Gender and weight shape brain dynamics during food viewing. PLoS One, 7:e36778.

De Lucia M, Tzovara A, Bernasconi F, Spierer L, Murray MM. (2012) Auditory perceptual decision-making based on semantic categorization of environmental sounds. Neuroimage, 60: 1704-15.

Zalesky A, Cocchi L, Fornito A, Murray MM, Bullmore E. (2012). Connectivity differences in brain networks. Neuroimage, 60:1055-1062.

Cappe C, Thelen A, Romei V, Thut G, Murray MM. (2012) Looming signals reveal synergistic principles of multisensory interactions. Journal of Neuroscience 32, 1171-82.

Brunet D, Murray MM, Michel CM. (2011). Spatio-temporal analysis of multichannel EEG: CARTOOL. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience doi:10.1155/2011/813870.

De Lucia M, Clarke S, Murray MM (2010) A temporal hierarchy for conspecific vocalization discrimination in humans. Journal of Neuroscience 30(33): 11210-21

Cappe C, Thut G, Romei V, Murray MM (2010) Auditory-visual multisensory interactions in humans: timing, topography, directionality, and sources. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(38):12572-80.

Romei V*, Murray MM*, Cappe C, Thut G. (2009) Preperceptual and stimulus-selective enhancement of low-level human visual cortex excitability by sounds. Current Biology, 19: 1799-1805.

Toepel U, Knebel JF, Hudry J, Le-Coutre J, Murray MM (2009) The brain tracks the energetic value in food images. Neuroimage 44:967-974.

Lavoie S*, Murray MM*, Deppen P, Knyazeva MG, Berk M, Boulat O, Bovet P, Bush AI, Conus P, Fornari E, Meuli RA, Solida A, Vianin P, Cuénod M, Buclin T, Do KQ (2008) Glutathione precursor, N-acetyl-cysteine, improves mismatch negativity in schizophrenia patients. Neuropsychopharmacology, 33: 2987-99.

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