Why does lip reading help us understand speech? Why does food lose its taste when your nose is stuffed up? These are questions of interest in the emerging field of multisensory integration.


Our research focuses on the neuronal and neurochemical markers underlying multisensory integration. Furthermore, we are interested in studying the neuronal mechanisms underlying disturbed multisensory processing as, for example, found in patients with schizophrenia.


We use state-of-the-art methods including high-density electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). A particular focus of our research is the examination of oscillatory EEG activity, especially in the gamma-band (frequencies > 30 Hz). Gamma-band activity has been linked to perception and attention. Moreover, disturbed gamma-band activity may be related to specific symptoms observed in psychiatric disorders, such as cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Our research has the potential to advance our understanding of the neuronal mechanisms underlying multisensory processing in healthy and psychiatric populations.