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Head of Laboratory
The laboratory works at the interface between clinical neurorehabilitation and basic cognitive neuroscience. Understanding neural mechanisms, which underlie recovery after brain lesion, helps to design innovative therapeutic interventions and to apply them in clinical care. The four principle investigators, Dr Sonia Crottaz- Herbette, Dr Stefano Carda, Dr Jean-Michel Pignat and Prof. Stephanie Clarke, focus on:
> Auditory cognition, investigating representations of sounds, including spatial and temporal aspects, using psychophysical approaches as well as fMRI and EEG. Understanding auditory cognition gives a valuable insight in speech as well as attentional and spatial processing and helps to design new rehabilitation strategies.
> Effects of brief therapeutic interventions and in particular of prismatic adaptation on brain organization, using behavioural and fMRI in normal subjects and in patients with brain damage. These innovative investigations of neural mechanisms underlying therapeutic interventions are essential for their focussed use in clinical practice.
> Neuro-motor rehabilitation, with focus on robotics, brain-machine interfaces and optimization of spasticity care. Carried out with numerous national and international collaborations, this research focuses mainly on hand movement and gait.