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Oscillatory long-Range Coherence in Attention

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Project "ORCA" data sheet

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 177˙598 €
 EC max contribution 177˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2018-11-20


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 Project objective

Attention -the ability to focus selectively on task relevant information and resist distraction- plays a critical role in many everyday life situations, such as in school or while driving. With an almost constant stream of information reaching us through smart phones and computers, our world becomes increasingly distracting, requiring enhanced attentional capabilities. This calls for new approaches to improve attention, also benefiting patients populations suffering from attention deficits. Is it possible to safely improve attention without medication? And how does the brain actually guides attention and resist distractions? The proposed research aims to answer these questions by combining a novel brain stimulation technique, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) with state of the art neuroimaging methods. It will specifically test the intriguing hypothesis that attention can be enhanced by synchronizing rhythmic activity between two brain regions previously shown to be involved in attention. In the first study I will assess the effects of stimulation on attention performance, while simultaneously measuring neural activity using electroencephalogram (EEG). This will allow me to determine to what extent tACS can improve attention and investigate the causal role of neural oscillations in attention. In the second study, tACS will be combined with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allowing to bridge the literature on neural oscillations (derived from EEG research) and attention networks (derived from fMRI research). Specifically, it will provide novel insights into the exact neural network subserving oscillatory activity associated with attention. Taken together, this project will not only investigate an innovative way to improve attention, with important implication for future clinical studies, but will also have a major contribution to cognitive neuroscience theories of attention.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Martine R. van Schouwenburg, Lynn K. A. Sörensen, Raza de Klerk, Leon C. Reteig, Heleen A. Slagter
No Differential Effects of Two Different Alpha-Band Electrical Stimulation Protocols Over Fronto-Parietal Regions on Spatial Attention
published pages: , ISSN: 1662-453X, DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00433
Frontiers in Neuroscience 12 2019-06-13
2017 L. C. Reteig, L. J. Talsma, M. R. van Schouwenburg, H. A. Slagter
Transcranial Electrical Stimulation as a Tool to Enhance Attention
published pages: 10-25, ISSN: 2509-3290, DOI: 10.1007/s41465-017-0010-y
Journal of Cognitive Enhancement 1/1 2019-06-13

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