Yuri B. Saalmann, PhD
Credentials: Department of Psychology, L&S
Position title: Associate Professor
1202 W Johnson St
Madison, WI 53706
Keywords: Neural dynamics, neuronal interactions
B.Pharm. 1994, Pharmacy, University of Queensland, Australia
B.Sc. 1996, Neuroscience, University of Queensland, Australia
PhD 2005, Electrophysiology, Australian National University, Australia
Postdoc 2007, Electrophysiology, University of Melbourne, Australia
Postdoc 2008, Neuroimaging, Royal Holloway, University of London
Associate Research Scholar/Postdoc 2013, Electrophysiology and Neuroimaging, Princeton University
Dr. Saalmann’s research goal is to characterize the neural dynamics in brain networks supporting cognitive control and conscious awareness. His lab investigates three major research questions. First, how do we execute cognitive control, including selective attention, rule-guided behavior, mental set shifting, and memory processes? Second, what are the neural differences between conscious, anesthetized, and sleep states? Third, how does the brain code information and regulate information transmission?
Saalmann’s lab combines neuroimaging and electrophysiology to investigate these questions. They map brain networks using functional MRI and diffusion MRI. Next, they simultaneously record neural activity from interconnected network sites in behaving macaques (single-units, local field potentials, microstimulation) and human subjects (intracranial electrocorticography). Their focus is on interactions between neurons in the cerebral cortex, basal ganglia, and thalamus.