Jasper Dezwaef

 

Biography

I'm a visiting MSc student Theoretical and Experimental Psychology, I chose the nSTAR-lab to do my research internship. In 2014, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Ghent.

My work here mainly focused on the role of the Frontal Eye Fields (FEF) in control of endogenous and exogenous eye movements. Previous studies of our group suggested that the FEF have direct cortico-cortical feedback connections with the visual cortex. To further investigate this hypothesis we conducted an experiment in which we stimulated the human FEF with TMS pulses. The paradigm we used allowed us to make a distinction between two types of saccades (endogenous and exogenous), both believed to be driven by different brain areas. By using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) we expect to make a causal distinction between both types of eye movements and their neural underpinnings.  Recently, we initiated a second project in which we want to model the functionally connectivity profile of the FEF to further enhance our understanding of this intriguing cortical structure.

Beside the fundamental work described above, I also had the opportunity to get involved in the company ‘Brain Science Tools BV’. While testing participants in the lab, I used the products developed by the company.

Research interests

Visual attention - cognitive control – reward processing – brain mapping – fMRI – TMS

Projects

Cortico-basal control of action selection (NCU)

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