Andrej Stancak

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If corpus callosum (CC) mediates the activation of the secondary somatosensory area (SII) ipsilateral to the side of stimulation, then the peak latencies of the contra- and ipsilateral SII activity as well as the amplitude of the ipsilateral SII activity should correlate with the size of CC. Innocuous electrical stimuli of five different intensities were(More)
PURPOSE To compare manual volumetry of gray matter (GM) / white matter (WM) of Broca's area subparts: pars opercularis (POP) and pars triangularis (PTR) in both hemispheres between musicians and nonmusician, as it has been shown that these regions are crucial for musical abilities. A previous voxel-based morphometric (VBM) study conducted in our laboratory(More)
Noxious stimulation activates-in addition to the brain structures related to sensory, emotional, and cognitive components of pain-also the brain's motor system. Effect of noxious input on the primary motor (MI) cortex remains, however, poorly understood. To characterize this effect in more detail, we quantified the ongoing oscillatory communication between(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate cortical activation patterns during mechanical-tactile stimulation in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients and to correlate cortical activation changes with clinical symptoms. METHODS Nineteen female FMS patients and 18 matched, healthy control subjects underwent EEG examination during brushing stimulation of the right forearm.(More)
Reduced amplitude of the cortical P300 event-related potential (ERP) component during response inhibition is associated with vulnerability to alcohol use disorders. In the current study, we investigated the effect of an experimental manipulation of response conflict on the amplitude of the P300 component during response inhibition, and examined whether(More)
UNLABELLED Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is characterized by widespread chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disorders, and cognitive-emotional disturbance. Patients with FMS exhibit increased sensitivity to experimental pain and pain-related cues, as well as deficits in emotional regulation. The present study investigated the spatiotemporal patterns of brain(More)
Repetition suppression (RS) relates to a reduced neuronal response to a stimulus that is repeated. This phenomenon has been observed in the visual ventral stream and other sensory modalities, suggesting that it is a common feature of neuronal processing. Whilst a number of different models have been suggested to explain the underlying neural mechanisms of(More)
The origin of the conscious experience of pain in the brain is a continuing enigma in neuroscience. To shed light on the brain representation of a multifaceted pain experience in humans, we combined multivariate analysis of subjective aspects of pain sensations with detailed, single-trial analysis of electrophysiological brain responses. Participants were(More)
Repeated warm laser stimuli produce a progressive increase of the sensation of warmth and heat and eventually that of a burning pain. The pain resulting from repetitive warm stimuli is mediated by summated C fibre responses. To shed more light on the cortical changes associated with pain during repeated subnoxious warm stimulation, we analysed(More)
The insula cortex and hypothalamus are implicated in eating behaviour, and contain receptor sites for peptides and hormones controlling energy balance. The insula encompasses multi-functional subregions, which display differential anatomical and functional connectivities with the rest of the brain. This study aimed to analyse the effect of fasting and(More)