I am on a Wellcome Trust doctoral programme in neuroscience. I am interested in how the brain forms maps of the world.
Together with Tim Behrens and Jill O’Reilly, we found that the human brain navigates between abstract concepts and memories using the same grid-cell mechanism as the one used for navigation in physical space - the Stretchy Birds experiment. Here is the open-access paper and here is the Science cover written for the wider audience.
My thesis aims to illustrate the potential power of fMRI techniques to investigate precise computations in humans.
Stretchy birds artwork
Organizing conceptual knowledge in humans with a gridlike code
Constantinescu AO. et al, (2016), Science, 352, 1464 - 1468
Reward-Guided Learning with and without Causal Attribution
Jocham G. et al, (2016), Neuron, 90, 177 - 190
Endogenous adenosine A1 receptor activation underlies the transient post-ischemic rhythmic delta EEG activity
Constantinescu AO. et al, (2011), Clinical Neurophysiology, 122, 1117 - 1126
Sleep deprivation attenuates experimental stroke severity in rats
Moldovan M. et al, (2010), Experimental Neurology, 222, 135 - 143
Trans-cranial direct current stimulation (tDCS): A promising new tool to facilitate rehabilitation of manual dexterity after stroke
Constantinescu AO. et al, (2010), Romanian Journal of Neurology/ Revista Romana de Neurologie, 9, 118 - 123