Sensory perception and discrimination in congenitally blind and normal sighted control subjects
Denmark (IMCC) - Copenhagen University, Copenhagen
BRAIN Lab, Institute of Neuroscience & Pharmacology, Copenhagen University
Professor Albert Gjedde
Ron Kupers (Assoc. prof.) and Maurice Ptito (prof.)
No other languages are required. Command of Danish or French would be an advantage but is
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
What is the aim of the project?
he aim of the present project is to test whether blind subjects are better in discriminating odors, tastes and temperatures and to examine the functional role of the occipital cortex in sensory discrimination in the blind.
What techniques and methods are used?
The methods used in this project comprise classical psychophysics (quantitative sensory testing), fMRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- If the project includes “lab work”
- the student will take active part in the practical aspect of the project
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Students will get preliminary readings on QST and on the somatosensory system. They will be trained in psychophysics procedures. The student is expected to run QST tests in a group of blind and blindfolded control subjects. They are also expected to attend and to actively participate in the weekly staff meetings.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a presentation
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Good knowledge of English, good organisational skills and fluid in social contacts.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
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