Yevhen Hlushchuk

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Understanding another person's experience draws on "mirroring systems," brain circuitries shared by the subject's own actions/feelings and by similar states observed in others. Lately, also the experience of pain has been shown to activate partly the same brain areas in the subjects' own and in the observer's brain. Recent studies show remarkable overlap(More)
In the absence of external stimuli, human hemodynamic brain activity displays slow intrinsic variations. To find out whether such fluctuations would be altered by persistent pain, we asked 10 patients with unrelenting chronic pain of different etiologies and 10 sex- and age-matched control subjects to rest with eyes open during 3-T functional MRI.(More)
The whole human primary somatosensory (SI) cortex is activated by contralateral tactile stimuli, whereas its subarea 2 displays neuronal responses also to ipsilateral stimuli. Here we report on a transient deactivation of area 3b of the ipsilateral SI during long-lasting tactile stimulation. We collected functional magnetic resonance imaging data with a 3 T(More)
In search for suitable tools to study brain activation in natural environments, where the stimuli are multimodal, poorly predictable and irregularly varying, we collected functional magnetic resonance imaging data from 6 subjects during a continuous 8-min stimulus sequence that comprised auditory (speech or tone pips), visual (video clips dominated by(More)
Independent component analysis (ICA) can unravel functional brain networks from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. The number of the estimated components affects both the spatial pattern of the identified networks and their time-course estimates. Here group-ICA was applied at four dimensionalities (10, 20, 40, and 58 components) to fMRI data(More)
Vibrotactile stimuli can facilitate hearing, both in hearing-impaired and in normally hearing people. Accordingly, the sounds of hands exploring a surface contribute to the explorer's haptic percepts. As a possible brain basis of such phenomena, functional brain imaging has identified activations specific to audiotactile interaction in secondary(More)
Competition imposes constraints for humans who make decisions. Concomitantly, people do not only maximize their personal profit but they also try to punish unfair conspecifics. In bargaining games, subjects typically accept equal-share offers but reject unduly small offers; competition affects this balance. Here we used functional magnetic resonance imaging(More)
When decomposing single trial electroencephalography it is a challenge to incorporate prior physiological knowledge. Here, we develop a method that uses prior information about the phase-locking property of event-related potentials in a regularization framework to bias a blind source separation algorithm toward an improved separation of single-trial(More)
In area 3b of the monkey primary somatosensory cortex SI, the proximal phalanges of the fingers are represented close to the surface and the fingertips in the depth of the central sulcus. To study whether a similar arrangement might exist in humans, we applied tactile stimuli to the distal and proximal phalanges of the index finger in 11 healthy adults.(More)
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can reveal human brain activations with high precision. The accuracy may, however, be impaired by movement and deformation of brain tissue associated with cardiac pulsations. Here we corrected for such artifacts by time-locking the fMRI data acquisition to the cardiac cycle in ten subjects who received tactile(More)