Dr. Ling-Chia Chen
My general research interest is in understanding the mechanism of cortical plasticity in clinical populations such as hearing impaired individuals, and to further utilize this knowledge for possible rehabilitation training. For this purpose I use recording modalities such as EEG, fMRI and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). More specifically my research involves identifying beneficial and maladaptive cortical changes induced by conditions such as hearing loss, and implement neurofeedback protocols to promote or decrease specific brain activation pattern to see if their hearing ability can be improved by such intervention. I am also interested in applying this approach to other clinical populations such as stroke patients and ADHD patients.
Education - Career
Postdoctoral researcher, Neuropsychology Lab, Psychology department, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany.
Doctor of natural sciences (Dr. rer. nat.), Neuropsychology Lab, Psychology department, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany.
Dissertation: Cortical plasticity in cochlear implant users
Research assistant, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham NC, USA.
Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, Durham NC, USA.
09. 2005- 06.2009
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
Chen LC, Puschmann S., & Debener S. Increased cross-modal functional connectivity in cochlear implant users with fNIRS (Under review).
Zich C, Debener S, Thoene AK, Chen LC, & Kranczioch C (2017). Simultaneous EEG-fNIRS reveals how age and feedback affects motor imagery signatures. Neurobiology of Aging 49, 183-197.
Chen LC, Stropahl M, Schoenwiesner M, & Debener S (2017). Enhanced visual adaptation in cochlear implant users revealed by concurrent EEG-fNIRS. Neuroimage 146, 600-608.
Stropahl M*, Chen LC*, & Debener S (2017). Cortical reorganization in postlingually deaf cochlear implant users: Intra-modal and cross-modal considerations. Hearing Research 343, 128-137.
*Shared first authorship.
Chen LC, Sandmann P, Thorne JD, Bleichner MG, & Debener S (2016). Cross-modal functional reorganization of visual and auditory cortex in adult cochlear implant users. Neural Plasticity, 2016, 13.
Chen LC, Sandmann P, Thorne JD, Herrmann CS, & Debener S (2015). Association of Concurrent fNIRS and EEG Signatures in Response to Auditory and Visual Stimuli. Brain topography, 28(5), 710-725.
Boehler CN, Appelbaum LG, Krebs RM, Chen LC, & Woldorff MG (2011). The Role of Stimulus Salience and Attentional Capture Across the Neural Hierarchy in a Stop-Signal Task. PLoS ONE, 6(10):e26386.