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Dr. Tristan Bekinschtein

Dr. Tristan Bekinschtein

Technician in Chemistry

BA in Biology

Master in Neurophysiology

PhD in Neurosciences

Office Phone: (7)66315

Departments and Institutes


Research Interests

I am interested in non-classic approaches to study the physiology and cognition of consciousness.

I have wide Interests in Cognition and neurophysiology. In the last few years I have been mainly concentrating in describing different states of consciousness such as awake, sleep, sedation, vegetative state. My latest line of work is primarily looking at how we lose consciousness and how we get it back.

I am mainly attacking the limits of cognition in the process of falling asleep or getting sedated (losing consciousness) with a combination of behavioural measures, brain markers of cognitive processes and brain markers of the micro-conscious state. Together with my students and collaborators, we use behaviour measures, electromyography, electroencephalography, functional MRI, intracranial electrodes and transcranial magnetic stimulation, to respond the main questions at the intersection between awareness and wakefulness.

Key Publications

  1. Chennu S, O'Connor S, Adapa R, Menon DK, Bekinschtein.  Brain Connectivity Dissociates Responsiveness from Drug Exposure during Propofol-Induced Transitions of Consciousness. PLoS Comput Biol. 2016 Jan 14;12(1):e1004669
  2. Canales-Johnson, Silva, Huepe, Rivera-Rei, Noreika, Garcia, Silva, Ciraolo, Vaucheret, Sedeño, Couto, Kargieman, Baglivo, Sigman, Chennu, Ibáñez, Rodríguez and Bekinschtein (2015-accepted) Auditory feedback differentially modulates behavioral and neural markers of objective and subjective performance when tapping to your heartbeat. Cereb Cortex. 2015 Apr 21. pii: bhv076
  3. Chennu S, Finoia P, Kamau E, Allanson J, Williams GB, Monti MM, Noreika V, Arnatkeviciute A, Canales-Johnson A, Olivares F, Cabezas-Soto D, Menon DK, Pickard JD, Owen AM, Bekinschtein TA. (2014) Spectral signatures of reorganised brain networks in disorders of consciousness. PLoS Comput Biol. 10(10):e1003887
  4. Kouider S, Andrillon T, Barbosa LS, Goupil L, Bekinschtein TA. (2014) Inducing task-relevant responses to speech in the sleeping brain. Curr Biol. 24(18):2208-14. 
  5. Bareham CA, Manly T, Pustovaya OV, Scott SK, Bekinschtein TA. (2014) Losing the left side of the world: rightward shift in human spatial attention with sleep onset. Nat. Sci Rep. 4:5092. 
  6. Chennu S, Noreika V, Gueorguiev D, Blenkmann A, Kochen S, Ibanez A, Owen AM, and Bekinschtein TA. (2013) "Expectation and attention in hierarchical auditory prediction". J of Neuroscience 33,11194-11205.
  7. Bekinschtein, Davis, Coleman, Rodd and Owen. Why Clowns taste funny? A study on how we process jokes through semantic ambiguity. Journal J Neurosci. 2011 Jun 29;31(26):9665-71.
  8. Bekinschtein, Shalom, Forcato, Herrera, Manes and Sigman. (2009) Classical conditioning in the vegetative and minimally conscious state. Nature Neuroscience 12, 1343 - 1349 
  9. Bekinschtein, Dehaene, Rohaut, Tadel, Cohen, Naccache. (2009) Neural signature of the conscious processing of auditory regularities. PNAS