Basil Preisig is a postdoctoral researcher in the Neurolinguistics Division at the Psychology Institute of the University of Zurich. His research focuses on the neural mechanisms of speech and multimodal communication in the healthy and the diseased brain. For his research, he applies different methods such as behavioral analyses, eye movement recordings, non-invasive brain stimulation (tACS, TMS), neuroimaging (fMRI, lesion mapping), and the combined approaches like concurrent tACS-fMRI.
He obtained his Masters at the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Bern working on the influence of cortisol administration of working memory functions during fMRI. Subsequently, he investigated gesture perception and turn-taking in stroke patients with aphasia during his PhD at Neurorehabilitation Clinics of the Inselspital Bern. After his PhD, he was awarded an early postdoctoral fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) to work with Professor Peter Hagoort at the Donders Institute for Cognitive Neuroimaging and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. During his postdoctoral fellowship, he studied the mechanisms of the speech perception and production systems applying non-invasive brain stimulation (tACS) and concurrent fMRI.
For his current position at the University of Zurich, he will investigate the role of articulatory-motor integration and cerebro-acoustic coherence for speech comprehension under challenging listening conditions applying non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (tACS/TMS).