Bergen fMRI Group


There are many different research topics in the group: Auditory hallucinations, schizophrenia, brain stimulation, auditory perception, laterality, cognition and depression, music and neurological disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's disorder, Parkinson's disorder, stroke). Here you can get more information about our ongoing main projects.


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The ERC2 project (2017-2022) aims to understand what happens in the brain when people with schizophrenia are experiencing auditory verbal hallucinations, i.e. when the person experience “hearing voices”. PI for the project is prof. Kenneth Hugdahl and it is funded by the European Research Council (ERC). It`s the second time prof. Kenneth Hugdahl has recieved an ERC Advanced Grant to study auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia patients. The ERC2 project collaborates closely with the Bergen Psychosis Research Group (BPRG) headed by prof. Erik Johnsen, Sandviken Psychiatric Hospital, Helse-Bergen, and is involved in previous and current projects run by the BPRG.

To observe what happens in the brain when persons experience “hearing voices” we use a MR-scanner which acquires different types of images of the brain (BOLD fMRI and MRS). The ERC2 project also aims at collecting data about what the “voices” say and how they are perceived and experienced by people with schizophrenia.

The iVoice app

The iVoice app is part of the ERC2 project and aims to acquire additional information on symptom frequency and severity, specifically how often the “voices” appear, the content of the “voices” and how controllable the “voices” are. Preliminary results show how app-technology can be a useful tool to gather real-time data, as well as help patients in treatment.

Research Lab for Stimulation of the Brain 

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Bergen Group on Auditory Perception (BeRG-AP) 

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Mood and cognitive function group 

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Stefan Koelsch`s group 

Please visit Stefan Koelsch`s website for more information on the projects.