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- Visiting research fellow, Open University
Sven Braeutigam is Head of Physics at OHBA and a visiting research fellow at the Open University, where he collaborates with the Department of Physics. Sven played a key role in designing and setting up the OHBA Magnetoencephalography (MEG) laboratory purpose built to meet the needs of clinicians and researchers using this technology as an investigative tool. Sven oversees the MEG and ancillary hardware and manages core IT infrastructure services. He is also responsible for teaching and training students and researchers in MEG fundamentals and appropriate scanner use.
Sven received an MSc in Physics from the University of Hamburg, Germany, before moving to the UK and shifting his interest to physics in biology and medicine. He received a PhD in electrophysiological imaging of cognitive processes from the Open University. From early on, Sven was intrigued by the potential clinical applications of MEG, which he pursued in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry, London, and the Brain Research Unit at Aalto University, Helsinki.
Sven's research interest focuses on the neural basis of certain aspects of cognition such as the perception of human faces and the processing of language in context. In collaboration with psychologists and psychiatrists at Oxford and overseas, he studies brain responses in typically developing individuals, individuals with autism spectrum disorder and individuals with schizophrenia. He has also an interest in the relationship between neural activity and economically relevant behaviours such as brand perception and brand choices. Arguably, he was one of the first researchers in bringing the use of MEG into the young field of neuroeconomics.
Sven currently co-supervises two DPhil students working on MEG projects related to the behavioural genetics of working memory and the neuropathology of autism, respectively.