Dr Tristan Bekinschtein

Tristan Bekinschtein

University position

Researcher

Dr Tristan Bekinschtein is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.

Institutes

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Email

Tristan.Bekinschtein@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk

Home page

http://www.tbeklab.net/

Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Systems and Computational Neuroscience

Interests

I am interested in non-classic approaches to study the physiology and cognition of consciousness.

I have wide Interests in Cognition and neurophysiology. In the last few years I have been mainly concentrating in describing different states of consciousness such as awake, sleep, sedation, vegetative state. My latest line of work is primarily looking at how we lose consciousness and how we get it back.

I am mainly attacking the limits of cognition in the process of falling asleep or getting sedated (losing consciousness) with a combination of behavioural measures, brain markers of cognitive processes and brain markers of the micro-conscious state. Together with my students and collaborators, we use behaviour measures, electromyography, electroencephalography, functional MRI, intracranial electrodes and transcranial magnetic stimulation, to respond the main questions at the intersection between awareness and wakefulness.

Research Focus

Keywords

consciousness

decision making

sleep

sedation

cognition

Clinical conditions

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Epilepsy

Parkinson's disease

Sleep disorders

Traumatic brain injury

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Electrophysiological recording techniques

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing

Collaborators

No collaborators listed

Publications

2013

Chennu S, Finoia P, Kamau E, Monti MM, Allanson J, Pickard JD, Owen AM, Bekinschtein TA (2013), “Dissociable endogenous and exogenous attention in disorders of consciousness.” Neuroimage Clin 3:450-61 Details

Chennu S, Noreika V, Gueorguiev D, Blenkmann A, Kochen S, Ibáñez A, Owen AM, Bekinschtein TA (2013), “Expectation and attention in hierarchical auditory prediction.” J Neurosci 33(27):11194-205 Details

Ibáñez A, Cardona JF, Dos Santos YV, Blenkmann A, Aravena P, Roca M, Hurtado E, Nerguizian M, Amoruso L, Gómez-Arévalo G, Chade A, Dubrovsky A, Gershanik O, Kochen S, Glenberg A, Manes F, Bekinschtein T (2013), “Motor-language coupling: direct evidence from early Parkinson's disease and intracranial cortical recordings.” Cortex 49(4):968-84 Details

2012

Chennu S, Bekinschtein TA (2012), “Arousal modulates auditory attention and awareness: insights from sleep, sedation, and disorders of consciousness.” Front Psychol 3:65 Details

Goupil L, Bekinschtein TA (2012), “Cognitive processing during the transition to sleep.” Arch Ital Biol 150(2-3):140-54 Details

2011

Bekinschtein TA, Davis MH, Rodd JM, Owen AM (2011), “Why clowns taste funny: the relationship between humor and semantic ambiguity.” J Neurosci 31(26):9665-71 Details

Bekinschtein TA, Manes FF, Villarreal M, Owen AM, Della-Maggiore V (2011), “Functional imaging reveals movement preparatory activity in the vegetative state.” Front Hum Neurosci 5:5 Details

Bekinschtein TA, Peeters M, Shalom D, Sigman M (2011), “Sea slugs, subliminal pictures, and vegetative state patients: boundaries of consciousness in classical conditioning.” Front Psychol 2:337 Details

King JR, Bekinschtein T, Dehaene S (2011), “Comment on "Preserved feedforward but impaired top-down processes in the vegetative state".” Science 334(6060):1203; author reply 1203 Details

2009

Bekinschtein T, Cologan V, Dahmen B, Golombek D (2009), “You are only coming through in waves: wakefulness variability and assessment in patients with impaired consciousness.” Prog Brain Res 177:171-89 Details

Bekinschtein TA, Dehaene S, Rohaut B, Tadel F, Cohen L, Naccache L (2009), “Neural signature of the conscious processing of auditory regularities.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106(5):1672-7 Details

Bekinschtein TA, Shalom DE, Forcato C, Herrera M, Coleman MR, Manes FF, Sigman M (2009), “Classical conditioning in the vegetative and minimally conscious state.” Nat Neurosci 12(10):1343-9 Details