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Maria Herrojo Ruiz

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PositionLecturer in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email M.Herrojo-Ruiz (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 020 7919 7870
Maria Herrojo Ruiz

Summary of research:

• Sensorimotor learning and motor control

• Music cognition and performance

• Action monitoring

• Expectation and prediction

• Neurological disorders

• Deep brain stimulation

• Dynamical systems

• Stochastic processes

Academic qualifications

MSc MPhil PhD

Areas of supervision

I supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students interested in the following topics:

• Music performance

• Motor control and sensorimotor learning

• Musical expectancy

• Movement disorders

• Neuroimaging (EEG, Brain Stimulation)

• Neural Data Analysis

Research Interests

My research program focuses on the processes and brain mechanisms mediating learning and monitoring of sensorimotor sequences, both in healthy human subjects and in patients with movement disorders.

Piano performance is an excellent experimental setup to investigate sensorimotor sequence learning and performance, whereby participants have to learn the mapping between sequential finger movements and the associated auditory feedback. These features are ideally suited for probing fundamental cognitive functions, such as self-monitoring (error prediction, evaluation and corresponding behavioural compensation mechanisms), sensorimotor learning and movement coordination — processes that are fundamental to human and animal complex behaviours.

In my research, I use electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and intracraneal recordings to investigate the brain activity along cortico-basal ganglia-thalamocortical circuits.

Publications

Article

Cingulate and cerebellar beta oscillations are engaged in the acquisition of auditory‐motor sequences.
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Maess, Burkhard; Altenmüller, Eckart; Curio, Gabriel and Nikulin, Vadim. 2017. Cingulate and cerebellar beta oscillations are engaged in the acquisition of auditory‐motor sequences. Human Brain Mapping, ISSN 1065-9471

Reply: Oscillatory coupling of the subthalamic nucleus in obsessive compulsive disorder
Accolla, Ettore A; Horn, Andreas; Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Neumann, Wolf-Julian and Kühn, Andrea A.. 2017. Reply: Oscillatory coupling of the subthalamic nucleus in obsessive compulsive disorder. Brain: A Journal of Neurology, 140(9), p. 57. ISSN 0006-8950

Brain networks modulated by subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation.
Accolla, Ettore A; Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Horn, Andreas; Schneider, Gerd-Helge; Schmitz-Hübsch, Tanja; Draganski, Bogdan and Kühn, Andrea A. 2016. Brain networks modulated by subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation. Brain: A Journal of Neurology, ISSN 0006-8950

Sensory feedback – Dependent neural de-orchestration: The effect of altered sensory feedback on Musician’s Dystonia
Cheng, F.P.-H.; Eddy, M.-L.; Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Großbach, M. and Altenmüller, E.O.. 2015. Sensory feedback – Dependent neural de-orchestration: The effect of altered sensory feedback on Musician’s Dystonia. Cerebral Cortex, 34(1), pp. 55-65. ISSN 1047-3211

Long-range correlation properties in timing of skilled piano performance: the influence of auditory feedback and deep brain stimulation
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Hong, Sang Bin; Hennig, Holger; Altenmüller, Eckart and Kühn, Andrea A.. 2014. Long-range correlation properties in timing of skilled piano performance: the influence of auditory feedback and deep brain stimulation. Frontiers in Psychology, 5,

Involvement of Human Internal Globus Pallidus in the Early Modulation of Cortical Error-Related Activity
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Huebl, J.; Schonecker, T.; Kupsch, A.; Yarrow, K.; Krauss, J. K.; Schneider, G.-H. and Kuhn, A. A.. 2014. Involvement of Human Internal Globus Pallidus in the Early Modulation of Cortical Error-Related Activity. Cerebral Cortex, 24(6), pp. 1502-1517. ISSN 1047-3211

Beta-band amplitude oscillations in the human internal globus pallidus support the encoding of sequence boundaries during initial sensorimotor sequence learning
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Brücke, Christof; Nikulin, Vadim V.; Schneider, Gerd-Helge and Kühn, Andrea A.. 2014. Beta-band amplitude oscillations in the human internal globus pallidus support the encoding of sequence boundaries during initial sensorimotor sequence learning. NeuroImage, 85, pp. 779-793. ISSN 1053-8119

Encoding of sequence boundaries in the subthalamic nucleus of patients with Parkinson's disease
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Rusconi, M.; Brucke, C.; Haynes, J.-D.; Schonecker, T. and Kuhn, A. A.. 2014. Encoding of sequence boundaries in the subthalamic nucleus of patients with Parkinson's disease. Brain, 137(10), pp. 2715-2730. ISSN 0006-8950

Error signals in the subthalamic nucleus are related to post-error slowing in patients with Parkinson's disease
Siegert, Sandy; Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Brücke, Christof; Huebl, Julius; Schneider, Gerd-Helge; Ullsperger, Markus and Kühn, Andrea A.. 2014. Error signals in the subthalamic nucleus are related to post-error slowing in patients with Parkinson's disease. Cortex, 60, pp. 103-120. ISSN 0010-9452

Enhanced low-frequency oscillatory activity of the subthalamic nucleus in a patient with dystonia
Neumann, Wolf-Julian; Huebl, Julius; Brücke, Christof; Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Kupsch, Andreas; Schneider, Gerd-Helge and Kühn, Andrea A.. 2012. Enhanced low-frequency oscillatory activity of the subthalamic nucleus in a patient with dystonia. Movement Disorders, 27(8), pp. 1063-1066. ISSN 0885-3185

Error monitoring is altered in musician's dystonia: evidence from ERP-based studies
Strübing, Felix; Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Jabusch, Hans Christian and Altenmüller, Eckart. 2012. Error monitoring is altered in musician's dystonia: evidence from ERP-based studies. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1252(1), pp. 192-199.

EEG oscillatory patterns are associated with error prediction during music performance and are altered in musician's dystonia
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Strübing, Felix; Jabusch, Hans-Christian and Altenmüller, Eckart. 2010. EEG oscillatory patterns are associated with error prediction during music performance and are altered in musician's dystonia. NeuroImage, 55(4), pp. 1791-1803.

Unsupervised statistical learning underpins computational, behavioural, and neural manifestations of musical expectation
Pearce, Marcus T.; Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Kapasi, Selina; Wiggins, Geraint and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2010. Unsupervised statistical learning underpins computational, behavioural, and neural manifestations of musical expectation. NeuroImage, 50(1), ISSN 1053-8119

Unsupervised statistical learning underpins computational, behavioural, and neural manifestations of musical expectation
Pearce, Marcus T.; Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Kapasi, Selina; Wiggins, Geraint and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2010. Unsupervised statistical learning underpins computational, behavioural, and neural manifestations of musical expectation. NeuroImage, 50(1), pp. 302-313. ISSN 1053-8119

Early right alpha band phase desynchronization and late gamma band oscillations in processing musical syntax
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Koelsch, Stefan and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2009. Early right alpha band phase desynchronization and late gamma band oscillations in processing musical syntax. Human Brain Mapping, 30(4), pp. 1207-1225. ISSN 1065-9471

Decrease in early right alpha band phase synchronization and late gamma band oscillations in processing syntax in music
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Koelsch, Stefan and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2009. Decrease in early right alpha band phase synchronization and late gamma band oscillations in processing syntax in music. Human brain mapping, 30(4), pp. 1207-1225. ISSN 1097-0193

Decrease in early right alpha band phase synchronization and late gamma band oscillations in processing syntax in music
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Koelsch, Stefan and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2009. Decrease in early right alpha band phase synchronization and late gamma band oscillations in processing syntax in music. Human Brain Mapping, 30(4), pp. 1207-1225. ISSN 1065-9471

Detecting Wrong Notes in Advance: Neuronal Correlates of Error Monitoring in Pianists
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Jabusch, H.-C. and Altenmuller, E.. 2009. Detecting Wrong Notes in Advance: Neuronal Correlates of Error Monitoring in Pianists. Cerebral Cortex, 19(11), pp. 2625-2639. ISSN 1047-3211

Defective inhibition and inter-regional phase synchronization in pianists with musician's dystonia: An EEG study
Herrojo Ruiz, Maria; Senghaas, Patricia; Grossbach, Michael; Jabusch, Hans-Christian; Bangert, Marc; Hummel, Friedhelm; Gerloff, Christian and Altenmüller, Eckart. 2009. Defective inhibition and inter-regional phase synchronization in pianists with musician's dystonia: An EEG study. Human Brain Mapping, 30(8), pp. 2689-2700. ISSN 1065-9471