Dr Jozien Goense
- Senior Research Fellow (School of Psychology)
My research interests focus on the cortical circuits mediating (object) perception and memory, with the goal of elucidating laminar circuitry and different roles of the cortical layers in cognitive processing. Our approach is combining ultra high-resolution fMRI with electrophysiology. We utilize high-resolution fMRI methods including cerebral blood flow (CBF)-, cerebral blood volume (CBV)- and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen consumption (CMRO2)-methods, and we also focus on the technical development needed to achieve laminar resolution. This includes method- and hardware (RF-coil) development. Electrophysiology is focused on multi-site (laminar) electrophysiology and its combination with MRI to allow us to simultaneously record neural- and hemodynamic signals, with the goal of better understanding the neural events underlying fMRI signals. While previous research and current collaborative work at the Max-Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics is focused on the laminar circuitry of the primary visual cortex in non-human primates and face- and object perception in the temporal lobe in non-human primates, my current research focuses on laminar processing in the sensory circuits of rodents and humans.