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Dr Philipp Ruhnau

Lecturer in Psychology
School of Psychology and Computer Science

Philipp is a Lecturer in Psychology with a research focus on non-invasive brain stimulation. His particular interest are the mechanisms behind and the improvement of brain stimulation. He also has extensive expertise in investigating brain oscillations and brain connectivity. He is a member of the Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience (PCN) Research group at UCLan.

Philipp is interested in how non-invasive brain stimulation can improve perception – in clinical as well as healthy populations. Philipp has used a variety of methods including psychophysics, EEG, MEG for recordings and tDCS, tACS, tVNS for stimulation. He has published in a number of high-ranking neuroscience journals and held two previous grants from the Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences (Magdeburg, Germany), which investigated a non-invasive deep brain stimulation technique.

Philipp obtained his PhD at the University of Leipzig, Germany working with Erich Schröger. In his thesis he worked on auditory distraction in school-aged children. For his first PostDoc he went to work with Nathan Weisz at the University of Trento, Italy. His work there was focusing on neural oscillations and network states as precursors of conscious experience. At Trento he also started learning about non-invasive brain stimulation to interact with brain oscillations. At a second PostDoc at the University of Magdeburg with Tino Zaehle he continued his research on brain stimulation.

In Magdeburg, he became an expert in brain stimulation techniques and started a project as a principal investigator investigating brain stimulation applications for motor disorders.

  • PhD in Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany, 2012
  • Diploma (MSc equivalent) in Psychology University of Leipzig, Germany, 2008
  • Top Reviewer in 2011, Neuroscience Letters
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Ongoing brain oscillations
  • Brain network connectivity
  • Electrophysiology
  • Member of the Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences, Magdeburg (2018-2022)