Dr Ali Mazaheri (University of Birmingham) discusses the potential of brain rhythms to gauge the resiliency and vulnerability of an individual to mental illness.
The ongoing EEG contains rhythmic activity produced by various frequency-specific networks in the brain. These rhythms have been shown in previous work to capture the functional architecture of the brain at rest as well as during cognition.
The term ‘resiliency’ in psychological sciences refers to an individual's ability to successfully adapt/recover from an adverse event. Conversely, the term ‘vulnerability’ refers to factors that make someone at risk of or predisposed to an illness.
In the current lecture, Dr Ali Mazaheri will present findings from both the typically healthy and clinical population showing that specific characteristics of brain rhythms - both at rest and during specific tasks - can be used to gauge the resiliency of individuals to developing pain, and their vulnerability to dementia and to developing PTSD after a traumatic event.
He will also discuss the possible future direction of this research with regards to both basic science and translational endeavours.
Dr Ali Mazaher (School of Psychology, University of Birmingham) completed his undergraduate and MSc degrees at the University of Toronto. He did his PhD at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuro-imaging in Nijmgen, Netherlands, under the supervision of Prof Ole Jensen. He then did a post-doc at UC-Davis under the supervision of Prof Ron Mangun. Following this, he was an assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Amsterdam from 2011-2014. He then moved to Birmingham for a senior lecturer post in January 2015.
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|21 Mar 2018||4:00pm - 5:30pm|
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