Film on YouTube

The film "Bergen fMRI Group- the birth of a research group" is now uploaded to YouTube.



2011 ENSN Bergen Neuroschool
March 14-17 2011
Department of Biological and Medical Psychology
University of Bergen
Jonas Lies vei 91
Contact person: Bjørg Kocbach ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

The Bergen fMRI Group is delighted to host the third edition of the ENSN (European Neuroscience and Society Network) series of interdisciplinary Neuroschools. This year the school will continue to explore modern neuroscience and neuroimaging, focusing on 'functional connectivity' and other cutting edge neuroscience. A full program will shortly be updated and a link will be added to this page.

The ENSN Neuroschools are aimed at PhD students and research fellows in the disciplines of biology, neuroscience, sociology, anthropology, psychology and history/philosophy of science for a one week long period in the laboratory to attend seminars, participate in laboratory 'practicals' and focus groups, and to present each other's work.

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Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee
Kenneth Hugdahl

Postdoc Rene Westerhausen was awarded the 2010 "Young Investigator Award" by the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen at the Annual Research Day on November 25.

René Westerhausen

New book on Neuroscience

"The Two Halves of the Brain - Information Processing in the Cerebral Hemispheres"

Edited by Kenneth Hugdahl and René Westerhausen

Hemispheric asymmetry is one of the basic aspects of perception and cognitive processing. The different functions of the left and right hemispheres of the brain have been studied with renewed interest in recent years, as scholars explore applications to new areas, new measuring techniques, and new theoretical approaches. This volume provides a comprehensive view of the latest research in brain asymmetry, offering not only recent empirical and clinical findings but also a coherent theoretical approach to the subject. © MIT Press, 2010

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New article

Neurophysiological evidence of impaired musical sound perception in cochlear-implant users, Clin Neurophysiol. 2010 Jun 4.

Sandmann P, Kegel A, Eichele T, Dillier N, Lai W, Bendixen A, Debener S, Jancke L, Meyer M.

Institute of Psychology, Division of Neuropsychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Department of Psychology, Neuropsychology Lab, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany.


OBJECTIVE: Music perception with a cochlear implant (CI) can be unsatisfactory because current-day implants are primarily designed to enable speech discrimination. The present study aimed at evaluating electrophysiological correlates of musical sound perception in CI users to help achieve the long-term goal of improved restoration of hearing in those individuals. METHODS: Auditory discrimination accuracy in adult CI users (n=12) and matched normal-hearing controls (n=12) was measured by behavioral discrimination tasks and mismatch negativity (MMN) recordings. Discrimination profiles were obtained by using a set of clarinet sounds (original/vocoded) varying along different acoustic dimensions (frequency/intensity/duration) and deviation magnitudes (four levels). RESULTS: Behavioral results and MMN recordings revealed reduced auditory discrimination accuracy in CI users. An inverse relationship was found between MMN amplitudes and duration of profound deafness. CONCLUSIONS: CI users have difficulties in discriminating small changes in the acoustic properties of musical sounds. The recently developed multi-feature MMN paradigm (Pakarinen et al., 2007) can be used to objectively evaluate discrimination abilities of CI users for musical sounds. SIGNIFICANCE: Measuring auditory discrimination functions by means of a multi-feature MMN paradigm could be of substantial clinical value by providing a comprehensive profile of the extent of restored hearing in CI users. Copyright © 2010 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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