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Malin Karstens

DPhil Candidate

Research interests

In my DPhil project, I aim to explore the behavioural and neurophysiological effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on sustained attention and mind wandering. I am interested in understanding the immediate effects of transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) on attentional performance and underlying processes in adults with and without attention difficulties. My goal is to personalise brain stimulation protocols to individual’s prior ability and brain profile to ensure maximal profit. In my research, I use electroencephalography (EEG), pupillometry and behavioural paradigms.

Before starting my current position, I worked on a project investigating the development of mathematical ability in young children and adults as a research assistant with Prof. R. Cohen Kadosh. In 2019, I completed my MSc in Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences at the University of Groningen, NL, during which I worked on the decodability of working memory items from EEG activity and gained my first experience in the modulation of attentional performance through tRNS.

I also gained some experience in the development of cognitive and motoric abilities in neurotypical toddlers and children with Down Syndrome, through previous research internships.