Alejandro Omar Blenkmann

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Visiting address Forskningsv. 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1133 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic interests

My major interest is how our brain make predictions of future events. Is our brain a prediction machine to some extent?

I use different experiments in the auditory sensory domain to characterize the neuronal networks that are active when we make predictions, and interestingly, when these predictions are violated by unexpected events. I’m interested in modelling the brain network involved in this tasks, and to test different theoretical approaches with this models. I work mainly with intracranial recordings (ECoG or SEEG) obtained from epilepsy patients, implanted for medical reasons. These recordings allow us to observe the brain activity with a unique spatio-temporal resolution. I also study patients with frontal lobe lesions to better understand the role of the frontal lobe in the prediction network.

I’m also interested in methods for the localization of intracranial electrodes. In this vein, I developed iElectrodes, an open-source toolbox running on MATLAB ® to perform intracranial electrodes localization. The toolbox uses MRI and CT images to localize, number and anatomically label intracranial grids (ECoG) and depth (SEEG) electrodes. For more information, please visit the iElectrodes project page.

Courses taught

  • PSY4310 - Research methods in cognitive neuroscience Part I

  • PSY4320 - Research methods in cognitive neuroscience Part II

Background

Education

2012 PhD. in Engineering, National University of La Plata, Argentina. Topic: Localization of Brain Activity Sources

2007 Biomedical Engineer (with honours), Favaloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2004 Bachelor in Engineering (with honours), Favaloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Employment history

2015 – present Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway

2014 – 2015 Researcher, IBCN, UBA-CONICET, Argentina

2014 – 2015 Assistant professor, National Technological University, Argentina

(5m) Visiting scientist, CBSU, MRC, United Kingdom

2013 – 2014 Teaching assistant, National Technological University, Argentina

2012 – 2015 Assistant professor, Favaloro University, Argentina

2012 – 2014 Postdoctoral fellow, IBCN, UBA-CONICET, Argentina

2012 – 2013 Teaching axillary, National Technological University, Argentina

2009 – 2012 Teaching assistant, Favaloro University, Argentina

2007 – 2012 PhD. fellow, IBCN, UBA-CONICET, Argentina

(3m) Research assistant, UPM, Spain

Partners

Main collaborations (head of lab):

  • Dr. Silvia Kochen, UNAJ – El Cruce Hospital - CONICET, Argentina.

  • Dr. Carlos Muravchik. LEICI, National University of La Plata, Argentina.

  • Dr. Tristan Bekinschtein. Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

  • Dr. James Rowe. CBSU - Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

  • Dr. Robert Knight - Dept. of Psychology/Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of Berkeley, USA

Tags: Cognitive neuroscience

Publications

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  • Solbakk, Anne-Kristin; Leske, Sabine Liliana; Lubell, James Isaac; Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar; Llorens, Anais & Funderud, Ingrid [Show all 13 contributors for this article] (2021). Auditory prediction and prediction error in self-generated tones.
  • Foldal, Maja Dyhre; Leske, Sabine Liliana; Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar; Endestad, Tor & Solbakk, Anne-Kristin (2021). Attentional modulation of alpha- and beta oscillations during perception of auditory rhythms.
  • Leske, Sabine Liliana; Lubell, James; Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar; Llorens, Anaïs; Funderud, Ingrid & Foldal, Maja Dyhre [Show all 13 contributors for this article] (2019). Action-based auditory predictions.
  • Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar; Solbakk, Anne-Kristin; Lubell, James; Leske, Sabine Liliana; Llorens, Anaïs & Funderud, Ingrid [Show all 14 contributors for this article] (2019). Human brain network involved in auditory deviance detection: Evidence from intracranial EEG recordings.
  • Leske, Sabine Liliana; Lubell, James Isaac; Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar; Llorens, Anaïs; Funderud, Ingrid & Foldal, Maja Dyhre [Show all 13 contributors for this article] (2019). Auditory prediction and prediction error in self-generated tones.
  • Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar (2019). Auditory deviance detection network in the human brain.
  • Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar; Solbakk, Anne-Kristin; Lubell, James; Leske, Sabine Liliana; Llorens, Anaïs & Funderud, Ingrid [Show all 14 contributors for this article] (2019). Human brain network involved in auditory deviance detection: Evidence from intracranial EEG recordings.
  • Endestad, Tor; Solbakk, Anne-Kristin; Ivanovic, Jugoslav; Larsson, Pål Gunnar; Knight, Robert T. & Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar (2019). A robust intracranial electrode localization algorithm.
  • Foldal, Maja Dyhre; Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar; Llorens, Anaïs; Knight, Robert Thomas; Solbakk, Anne-Kristin & Endestad, Tor (2019). The brain tracks global temporal regularity in auditory patterns.
  • Westner, Britta; Andersen, Lau Møller; Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar & Leske, Sabine Liliana (2019). RITMO International EEG FieldTrip workshop, Lectures and Hands-on sessions .
  • Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar (2019). Origins of the EEG signal and Technical setup of EEG.
  • Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar; Lubell, James; Llorens, Anais; Funderud, Ingrid; Collavini, Santiago & Larsson, PG [Show all 13 contributors for this article] (2018). Human insula response to auditory deviants: Evidence from intracranial EEG recordings.
  • Ibanez, Agustin; Petroni, Agustin; Urquina, Hugo; Torralva, Teresa; Blenkmann, Alejandro Omar & Beltrachini, Leandro [Show all 15 contributors for this article] (2012). Cortical deficits in emotion processing for faces in adults with ADHD: Its relation to social cognition and executive functioning. In Manes, Facundo & Mendez, Mario (Ed.), Social Neuroscience of Psychiatric Disorders. Psychology Press. ISSN 1848727577.

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Published Jan. 25, 2017 8:45 AM - Last modified Jan. 25, 2017 2:25 PM