The lab is designated to study plasticity in the human nervous system. It is equipped with facilities for inducing and recording activity of human spinal cord and brain. Currently, two main projects are ongoing in this lab. First, we are investigating neural plasticity induced by operant conditioning of a spinal reflex (Figure 1). Operant conditioning has been shown to induce plasticity in the spinal cord and brain, and possibly provide beneficial effects on improving movement disorders in patients after central nervous damage such as spinal cord injury and stroke. We are currently studying operant conditioning technique in neurologically intact subjects, and will move on to patient population in the near future. Second, we are investigating neural plasticity using electroencephalography (EEG) and brain-computer interface (BCI, Figure 2). The BCI is an interface that connects the brain and an external device.
- Joint perturbator (ankle and knee attachments)
- Magstim (monophasic and biphasic) with various coils
- Brainsight (navigational system for TMS)
- Electrical stimulators
- EMG amplifiers
- Force amplifiers
- Force transducers
- EEG amps (64 channels; name and type - gTec)
With permission from Andrew James Thomas Stevenson
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, Room 3.115.