Computing Research Seminar Series: Dr Makoto Uji, University of St Andrews

Dr Makoto Uji from the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews will talk about a novel application of EEG-MB fMRI to a motor task, where a positive correlation was observed between gamma and BOLD responses in primary motor regions. These findings support and extend previous work regarding coupling between neural and haemodynamic measures of brain activity in humans and demonstrate the advantages of EEG-MB fMRI for future investigations.

Dr Makoto Uji is a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews. His current role is to examine the underlying mechanisms of human 3D depth perception using psychophysics, EEG and fMRI. His research interest is to understand how the human brain integrates perceptual, cognitive, and motor information to control behaviours. He has applied non-invasive neuroimaging methods (i.e. EEG, fMRI, & simultaneous EEG-fMRI) to study human brain function.

Previously Makoto worked with experts Stephen Mayhew and Karen Mullinger in EEG-fMRI and neurovascular coupling while a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham and has become deeply interested in using these neuroimaging techniques to better understand the spatiotemporal dynamics of neural network function. He is hoping his research will eventually contribute to a better understanding of the underlying neural mechanisms of human behaviours.

All welcome!