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Juliane Britz

Job: Lecturer
Office: RM C-4.110
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 7688
eMail: juliane.britz@unifr.ch
Unit: Department      


I develop new multi-modal imaging methods combining EEG and fMRI to study the spatio-temporal dynamics underlying the organization of spontaneous brain activity. My research addresses the functional significance of spontaneous brain activity and its relation to consciousness from two vantage points: On the one hand, I show how the pre-stimulus brain state predicts differences in awareness and behavior for identical stimuli. On the other hand, I study the intrinsic spatio-temporal dynamics of the EEG topography at rest in different species and pathologies and different states of consciousness.


Gindrat AD, Quairiaux C, Britz J, Lanz F, Michel CM, Rouiller EM (2015). Whole-scalp EEG mapping of somatosensory evoked potentials in macaque monkeys: a model for lesion-dependent plasticity. Brain Structure and Function,220(4),2121-2142
Tomescu IM, Rihs, TA, Britz J, Custo A, Grouiller F, Schneider M, Debbané M, Eliez S, Michel, CM (2014). Deviant EEG resting states associated with psychotic symptoms in adolescents affected by the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Schizophrenia Research, 157(1-3), 175-181
Mehrkanoon S, Breakspear MJ, Britz J, Boonstra TW (2013). Intrinsic coupling modes in source-reconstructed electroencephalography. Brain Connectivity Special Issue “Dynamic Functional Connectivity”, 4(10),812-825
Britz J, Díaz-Hernàndez L, Ro T, Michel CM (2014). EEG-microstate dependent emergence of perceptual awareness. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8:163
Rihs, TA, Tomescu, MI, Britz J, Rochas V, Custo A, Schneider M, Debbané, Eliez S, Michel CM (2013). Altered auditory processing in frontal and left temporal cortex in 22q11 deletion syndrome: a group at high genetic risk for schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 212(2),141-149
James CE, Michel CM, Britz J, Vuilleumier P, Hauert CA (2012). Rhythm evokes action:  early processing of metric deviances in expressive music by experts and laymen revealed by ERP source imaging. Human Brain Mapping, 33(12), 2751-2767
Pitts MA, Britz J, (2011). Insights from intermittent binocular rivalry and EEG. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5:107. Special Topic “Binocular rivalry: a gateway to consciousness”
Britz J, Michel CM (2011). State-dependent visual processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 2:370 Special Topic "The timing of visual recognition"
Britz J, Pitts MA (2011). Perceptual reversals during binocular rivalry: ERP components and their source differences. Psychophysiology, 48(11), 1490-1499
Britz J, Pitts MA, Michel CM (2010). Right parietal brain activity precedes perceptual alternations during binocular rivalry. Human Brain Mapping, 32(9), 1432-1442
Genetti M*, Britz J*, Michel CM, Pegna AJ (2010). An Electrophysiological study of conscious visual perception identified using progressively degraded stimuli. Journal of Vision, 10(14),10, 1-14
*equal contribution
Van de Ville D, Britz J, Michel CM (2010). EEG microstate sequences in healthy humans at rest reveal scale -free dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 107(42),18179-84
Britz J, van de Ville D, Michel CM (2010). BOLD correlates of EEG topography reveal rapid resting-state dynamics. NeuroImage, 52(4), 1162-1170
Laufs H. Multimodal analysis of resting state cortical activity: What does EEG add to our knowledge of resting state BOLD networks? NeuroImage 52(4), 1171-1172
Lehmann D. Multimodal analysis of resting state cortical activity: What does fMRI add to our knowledge of resting state EEG activity? Commentary to the papers by Britz et al. and Musso et al. in the current issue of NeuroImage. NeuroImage 52(4), 1173-1174
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Britz J, Michel CM (2010). Errors can be related to pre-stimulus differences in EEG topography and their concomitant sources. NeuroImage, 49(3), 2774-2782
Britz J, Landis T, Michel CM (2009). Right parietal brain activity precedes perceptual alternation of bistable stimuli. Cerebral Cortex, 19(1),55-65
James CE, Britz J, Vuilleumier P, Hauert CA, Michel CM (2008). Early neuronal responses in right limbic structures mediate harmony incongruity processing in musical experts. NeuroImage, 42(4),1597-1608
Britz J. (2006) Electrophysiological Insights into Timing Aspects of Discourse Processing in Aphasic Patients. Dissertation, Universität Konstanz. online publication


As a cognitive neuroscientist with a background in Psychology, I develop new approaches to use EEG as a neuroimaging tool to study the neural correlates of consciousness.

Before settling in Switzerland, I shuttled back and forth the Atlantic Ocean and the North American continent for nearly a decade: during my undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Konstanz (Germany), I worked at the Center for Neuroscience of the University of California at Davis where I became familiar with Event-Related brain potentials (ERPs) to study language processing in the brain. During my graduate studies at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University in Durham, NC and at UCDavis, I used ERPs to investigate discourse processing in aphasic patients.

After my Ph.D., I moved to the Functional Brain Mapping Lab at the Department of Fundamental Neuroscience at the University of Geneva where I learned everything there is to be learned about topographic approaches to EEG and ERPs and EEG source reconstruction. During this time I became intrigued by the possibility of using EEG as a novel neuroimaging tool and to use single trials to study the influence of the brain on sensory and cognitive processing.

Currently I am a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and a researcher in the Department of Neurology at the University of Fribourg.

Département de Psychologie / Departement für Psychologie - R. Faucigny 2 - 1700 Fribourg / Freiburg - Tel +41 26 300 7620 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9712 - psychologie [at] unifr.ch - uni