Neuroscience Graduate Program - Student Profile


Danielle Sliva

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Undergraduate Institution

Lafayette College

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Research Description

My research focuses on using non-invasive stimulation to probe and modulate somatosensory processing and perception in humans. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe and non-invasive tool that is used clinically for treatment-resistant depression and pre-surgical motor and language mapping. It also shows great potential for treatment of several other disorders; of particular interest, this includes autism, chronic pain, and Parkinson’s disease, which are associated with aberrant somatosensory processing and/or rhythmic brain activity. My goal is to understand how TMS affects cortical excitability at the circuit level, leading to large scale changes in macroscopic activity, and how this relates to augmentation and inhibition of tactile perception. To accomplish this, I utilize a multimodal approach, incorporating simultaneous human electrophysiology (EEG) and TMS informed by MRI and computational modeling.

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