Alejandro Omar Blenkmann
My major interest is how our brains make predictions of future events. Is our brain a prediction machine to some extent?
I use different experiments in the auditory sensory domain to characterize the neuronal networks that are active when we make predictions and when unexpected events violate these predictions. I’m interested in understanding the neurophysiological basis and the brain network involved in this complex task. I work mainly with intracranial recordings (ECoG or SEEG) obtained from epilepsy patients, implanted for medical reasons. These recordings allow us to observe brain activity with a unique spatio-temporal resolution. I also study patients with frontal lobe lesions to better understand the role of the frontal lobe in the prediction network. For more information, please visit the AudioPred project page.
I’m also interested in methods for the localization of intracranial electrodes. In this vein, I developed iElectrodes, an open-source toolbox running on MATLAB ® to perform intracranial electrode localization. The toolbox uses MRI and CT images to localize, number, and anatomically label intracranial grids (ECoG) and depth (SEEG) electrodes. For more information, please visit the iElectrodes project page.
PSY4310 - Research methods in cognitive neuroscience Part I
PSY4320 - Research methods in cognitive neuroscience Part II
2012 PhD. in Engineering, National University of La Plata, Argentina. Topic: Localization of Brain Activity Sources
2007 Biomedical Engineer (with honors), Favaloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2004 Bachelor in Engineering (with honors), Favaloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2020 - present Researcher, RITMO, University of Oslo, Norway
2018 - (6m) Visiting scientist at Knight's lab, University of California, Berkeley, USA
2015 – 2019 Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway
2014 – 2015 Researcher, IBCN, UBA-CONICET, Argentina
2014 – 2015 Assistant professor, National Technological University, Argentina
2013 - (5m) Visiting scientist at Bekinschtein's lab, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK
2013 – 2014 Teaching assistant, National Technological University, Argentina
2012 – 2015 Assistant professor, Favaloro University, Argentina
2012 – 2014 Postdoctoral fellow, IBCN, UBA-CONICET, Argentina
2012 – 2013 Teaching axillary, National Technological University, Argentina
2009 – 2012 Teaching assistant, Favaloro University, Argentina
2007 – 2012 Ph.D. fellow, IBCN, UBA-CONICET, Argentina
2007 - (3m) Research assistant, UPM, Spain
Main collaborations (head of lab):
Dr. Silvia Kochen, UNAJ – El Cruce Hospital - CONICET, Argentina.
Dr. Carlos Muravchik. LEICI, National University of La Plata, Argentina.
Dr. Tristan Bekinschtein. Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Dr. Robert Knight - Dept. of Psychology/Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of Berkeley, USA