Dr Stephen Mayhew was one of the successful candidates offered a Birmingham Fellowship under the Cognitive Psychology theme.
Stephen explains a bit about his research: “My research is aimed at improving interpretation of measurements made by non-invasive techniques for functional imaging of the human brain. Combining advanced functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) with simultaneous electroencephalography (EEG) will provide a more complete picture of the changes in blood flow, energy usage and electrical activity that occur when neurons are signalling. Mathematical models of the underlying physiology will be used to simulate brain imaging results on computers and help to understand the significance of individual biological variables in creating the observed signals. A better understanding of the relationship between EEG and FMRI signals will help all researchers and clinicians that use these methods individually and improve our interpretation of healthy brain imaging signals and how they change with aging and disease.”