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Research interests

The goal of my research is to achieve systems-level insights into auditory processing and attention and learning-induced modifications of auditory processing in healthy individuals. My main expertise is in auditory neuroscience. I started my PhD in 2008, when I was awarded the Dutch NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) ‘Toptalent’ grant to investigate natural sound processing in the human brain. I conducted my postdoctoral research at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (University of Minnesota; funded by a personal NWO ‘Rubicon’ grant). Here I broadened my expertise, learning the latest advancements in acquiring ultra-high field MRI data at sub-millimeter resolution. Last year I was awarded an early career grant (NWO ‘Veni’ grant), based on which I returned as a researcher to Maastricht University (the Netherlands) to study attention and learning from a computational and systems neuroscience perspective.

Research Output

A 7 Tesla fMRI investigation of human tinnitus percept in cortical and subcortical auditory areas

Berlot, E., Arts, R., Smit, J., George, E., Gulban, O. F., Moerel, M., Stokroos, R., Formisano, E. & De Martino, F., 2020, In : NeuroImage: Clinical. 25, 11 p., 102166.

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Effects of synaptic and myelin plasticity on learning in a network of Kuramoto phase oscillators (vol 29, 083122, 2019)

Karimian, M., Dibenedetto, D., Moerel, M., Burwick, T., Westra, R. L., De Weerd, P. & Senden, M., Jun 2020, In : Chaos. 30, 6, 1 p., 069902.

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Spectro-Temporal Processing in a Two-Stream Computational Model of Auditory Cortex

Zulfiqar, I., Moerel, M. & Formisano, E., 22 Jan 2020, In : Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. 13, 18 p., 95.

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Effects of synaptic and myelin plasticity on learning in a network of Kuramoto phase oscillators

Karimian, M., Dibenedetto, D., Moerel, M., Burwick, T., Westra, R. L., De Weerd, P. & Senden, M., Aug 2019, In : Chaos. 29, 8, 15 p., 083122.

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Mapping the human subcortical auditory system using histology, post mortem MRI and in vivo MRI at 7T

Sitek, K. R., Gülban, F., Calabrese, E., Johnson, G. A., Lage-Castellanos, A., Moerel, M., Ghosh, S. S. & de Martino, F., 1 Aug 2019, In : Elife. 8, 36 p., 48932.

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