Thesis fellowship EEG Neurofeedback to control mind wandering

arno delorme arno at SALK.EDU
Tue Jul 8 17:22:45 CEST 2008

Thesis fellowship for 3 years financed by the French ministry of
research in Toulouse, France: EEG Neurofeedback to control mind

The capacity to concentrate for long period of times is critical both
for students and some specific position (air traffic controller,
monitor security guard, child care teacher or even Paris taxi driver).
Failure to do so can result in life-threatening accident. Monks of
various traditions, practicing concentrative meditation, excel at
developing a one point focus attention. Over the 3-year course of this
project, we intend to 1) record the brain activity of monks in
meditation using EEG. 2) train normal non-meditative subjects to
produce the same brain rhythms as the monk do. 3) test the
concentrative capacities of these subjects before and after training.
The institution hosting the project is the University of Toulouse III
and the CNRS laboratory CERCO. The CERCO (Center for Brain and
Cognition Research) is an internationally recognized laboratory of 18
professional independent CNRS researchers. In 2006 4-year evaluation,
this laboratory was ranked first in Neuroscience in France. It is well
known for its multidisciplinary approach to cognitive neuroscience
with experiments on mice, monkeys and humans, and a wide range of
imaging methodologies including modeling.

The ideal candidate will have:

- a master degree or equivalent in the cognitive or computational
domain (no constraint in terms of nationality)

- an interest for studying the brain and altered states of
consciousness such as those induced by neurofeedback or meditation

- a training in mathematics, signal processing and/or computer science

- fluency in English. Working knowledge in French is preferred.

- capacity to work independently

- age limit: 25 (or 30 under special circumstances)

Contact: Arnaud Delorme via email before the 31 of August 2008 (arno at
) (include PDF of a motivation letter, a CV, any publication in
english/french and have 2 references send recommendation letter
independently by email).

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