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Maarika Traat

I am visiting the GHEP Lab as an Erasmus trainee, whilst doing a master’s in psychology at the University of Tartu, Estonia. In 2018, I received an MSc in Neuroimaging from Cardiff University, Wales. My MSc project involved demonstrating the pulsatility of small cortical veins using 7 tesla magnetic resonance imaging. Before I redirected my interests towards psychology and the human brain, I received a PhD in computational linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 

At the GHEP Lab I am examining the effects that an intensive treatment course of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation has on the concentration of certain important neurometabolites in patients with the Major Depressive Disorder. To determine the metabolite concentrations, I analyse magnetic resonance spectroscopy data. 

Keywords: depression, brain stimulation, neuroimaging.

Fun fact: I have walked from my hometown, Tartu, in Estonia to Santiago de Compostela in Spain – 5000 km in half a year.