Dr Tristan Bekinschtein

Tristan Bekinschtein

University position


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


Department of Psychology


Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute



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Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Systems and Computational Neuroscience


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



decision making




Clinical conditions

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Chronic fatigue syndrome




Sleep disorders


Traumatic brain injury


Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Electrophysiological recording techniques

Field potential recording

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing


No collaborators listed

Associated News Items



Bareham CA, Manly T, Pustovaya OV, Scott SK, Bekinschtein TA (2014), “Losing the left side of the world: rightward shift in human spatial attention with sleep onset.” Sci Rep 4:5092 Details

Habbal D, Gosseries O, Noirhomme Q, Renaux J, Lesenfants D, Bekinschtein TA, Majerus S, Laureys S, Schnakers C (2014), “Volitional electromyographic responses in disorders of consciousness.” Brain Inj :1-9 Details

Herrera PM, Speranza M, Hampshire A, Bekinschtein TA (2014), “Monetary rewards modulate inhibitory control.” Front Hum Neurosci 8:257 Details

Sedeño L, Couto B, Melloni M, Canales-Johnson A, Yoris A, Baez S, Esteves S, Velásquez M, Barttfeld P, Sigman M, Kichic R, Chialvo D, Manes F, Bekinschtein TA, Ibanez A (2014), “How Do You Feel when You Can't Feel Your Body? Interoception, Functional Connectivity and Emotional Processing in Depersonalization-Derealization Disorder.” PLoS One 9(6):e98769 Details


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

Cruse D, Chennu S, Chatelle C, Bekinschtein TA, Fernández-Espejo D, Pickard JD, Laureys S, Owen AM (2013), “Reanalysis of "Bedside detection of awareness in the vegetative state: a cohort study" - Authors' reply.” Lancet 381(9863):291-2 Details

Cruse D, Thibaut A, Demertzi A, Nantes JC, Bruno MA, Gosseries O, Vanhaudenhuyse A, Bekinschtein TA, Owen AM, Laureys S (2013), “Actigraphy assessments of circadian sleep-wake cycles in the Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States.” BMC Med 11:18 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


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


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


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