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Csifcsak, Gabor

Forskningsgruppe for kognitiv nevrovitenskap


Research focusing on optimizing transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and understanding the effects of this brain stimulation technique in healthy adults and patients with depression or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

We use tDCS to understand how it influences psychological phenomena such as:

  • mind wandering
  • executive processes
  • reward/punishment sensitivity
  • reinforcement learning


  • Non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Visual perception
  • Executive functions
  • Emotion regulation
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Neurobiology of psychiatric disorders (ADHD, depression, schizophrenia)

Arbeider i CRIStin

  • Boayue, Nya Mehnwolo; Csifcsak, Gabor; Aslaksen, Per M; Turi, Zsolt; Antal, Andrea; Groot, Josephine Maria; Hawkins, Guy E.; Forstmann, Birte U.; Opitz, Alexander; Thielscher, Axel; Mittner, Matthias. Increasing propensity to mind‐wander by transcranial direct current stimulation? A registered report. European Journal of Neuroscience 2019. ISSN 0953-816X.s doi: 10.1111/ejn.14347.

  • Balla, Viktória Roxána; Szalóki, Szilvia; Kilencz, Tünde; Dalos, Vera Daniella; Németh, Roland; Csifcsak, Gabor. A novel experimental paradigm with improved ecological validity reveals robust action-associated enhancement of the N1 visual event-related potential in healthy adults. Behavioural Brain Research 2019. ISSN 0166-4328.s doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2019.112353.

  • Gál, Bernadett Ildikó; Kilencz, Tunde; Albert, Anita; Demeter, Ildikó; Hegedűs, Klára Mária; Janka, Zoltán; Csifcsak, Gabor; Álmos, Péter Zoltán. Mild Effect of Nalmefene on Alcoholic Cue-Induced Response Invigoration in Alcohol Use Disorder Without Accompanying Changes in Electrophysiological Signatures of Early Visual Processing and Executive Control. Frontiers in Pharmacology 2019. ISSN 1663-9812.s doi: 10.3389/fphar.2019.01087.

  • Turi, Zsolt; Csifcsak, Gabor; Boayue, Nya Mehnwolo; Aslaksen, Per M; Antal, Andrea; Paulus, W; Groot, Josephine Maria; Hawkins, Guy E.; Forstmann, Birte U; Opitz, A; Thielscher, Axel; Mittner, Matthias. Blinding is compromised for transcranial direct current stimulation at 1 mA for 20 min in young healthy adults. European Journal of Neuroscience 2019. ISSN 0953-816X.s doi: 10.1111/ejn.14403.

  • Rokszin, Adrienn A; Gyori-Dani, Dora; Bacsi, Janos; Nyúl, László G; Csifcsak, Gabor. Tracking changes in spatial frequency sensitivity during natural image processing in school age: an event-related potential study. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 2018; Volum 166. ISSN 0022-0965.s 664 - 678.s doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.10.004.

  • Boayue, Nya Mehnwolo; Csifcsak, Gabor; Puonti, Oula; Thielscher, Axel; Mittner, Matthias. Head models of healthy and depressed adults for simulating the electric fields of non-invasive electric brain stimulation [version 2; referees: 2 approved]. F1000 Research 2018; Volum 7 (704). ISSN 2046-1402.s doi: 10.12688/f1000research.15125.2.

  • Csifcsak, Gabor; Balla, Viktoria Roxana; Dalos, Vera Daniella; Kilencz, Tunde; Biro, Edit Magdolna; Urban, Gabor; Szaloki, Szilvia. Action-associated modulation of visual event-related potentials evoked by abstract and ecological stimuli. Psychophysiology 2018. ISSN 0048-5772.s doi: 10.1111/psyp.13289.

  • Csifcsak, Gabor; Boayue, Nya Mehnwolo; Puonti, Oula; Thielscher, Axel; Mittner, Matthias. Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation for treating depression: A modeling study.. Journal of Affective Disorders 2018; Volum 234. ISSN 0165-0327.s 164 - 173.s doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.077.

  • Lukacs, Gaspar; Bartosz, Gula; Szegedi-Hallgato, Emese; Csifcsak, Gabor. Association-based Concealed Information Test: A Novel Reaction Time-Based Deception Detection Method. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 2017; Volum 6 (3). ISSN 2211-3681.s 283 - 294.s doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2017.06.001.

  • Lukacs, Gaspar; Weiss, Bela; Dalos, Vera Daniella; Kilencz, Tunde; Tudja, Szabina; Csifcsak, Gabor. The first independent study on the complex trial protocol version of the P300-based concealed information test: Corroboration of previous findings and highlights on vulnerabilities. International Journal of Psychophysiology 2016; Volum 110. ISSN 0167-8760.s 56 - 65.s doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2016.10.010.

  • Csifcsak, Gabor; Boayue, Nya Mehnwolo; Aslaksen, Per M; Turi, Zsolt; Antal, Andrea; Groot, Josephine Maria; Hawkins, Guy E.; Forstmann, Birte U; Opitz, A; Thielscher, Axel; Mittner, Matthias. Commentary: Transcranial stimulation of the frontal lobes increases propensity of mind-wandering without changing meta-awareness. Frontiers in Psychology 2019; Volum 10. ISSN 1664-1078.s 1 - 3.

  • Csifcsak, Gabor; Mittner, Matthias. Linking brain networks and behavioral variability to different types of mind-wandering. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2017; Volum 114 (30). ISSN 0027-8424.s E6031 - E6032.s doi: 10.1073/pnas.1705108114.

  • Publikasjoner utenfor Cristin

    • Prekovic S, Đurđević DF, Csifcsák G, Šveljo O, Stojković O, Janković M, Koprivšek K, Covill LE, Lučić M, Van den Broeck T, Helsen C, Ceroni F, Claessens F, Newbury DF. Multidisciplinary investigation links backward-speech trait and working memory through genetic mutation. Sci Rep. 2016;6:20369.
    • Rokszin AA, Győri-Dani D, Nyúl LG, Csifcsák G. Electrophysiological correlates of top-down effects facilitating natural image categorization are disrupted by the attenuation of low spatial frequency information. Int J Psychophysiol. 2016;100:19-27.
    • Rokszin AA, Gyri-Dani D, Linnert S, Krajcsi A, Tompa T, Csifcsák G. The interplay of holistic shape, local feature and color information in object categorization. Biol Psychol. 2015 May 14;109:120-131.
    • Nemeth VL, Kurgyis E, Csifcsák G, Maraz A, Almasi DA, Drotos G, Szikszay P, Ando B, Janka Z, Must A. The impact of intermediate-term alcohol abstinence on memory retrieval and suppression. Front Psychol. 2014;5:1396. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01396.
    • Domján N, Csifcsák G, Drótos G, Janka Z, Szendi I. Different patterns of auditory information processing deficits in chronic schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with psychotic features. Schizophr Res. 2012; 139(1-3):253-9.
    • Németh D, Janacsek K, Csifcsak G, Szvoboda G, Howard JH Jr, Howard DV. Interference between sentence processing and probabilistic implicit sequence learning. PLoS One. 2011; 8;6(3):e17577.
    • Szendi I, Racsmány M, Cimmer C, Csifcsák G, Kovács ZA, Szekeres G, Galsi G, Tóth F, Nagy A, Garab EA, Boda K, Gulyás G, Kiss JG, Dombi J, Pléh C, Janka Z. Two subgroups of schizophrenia identified by systematic cognitive neuropsychiatric mapping. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2010; 260(3):257-266.
    • Csifcsak G, Nitsche MA, Baumgärtner U, Paulus W, Treede RD, Antal A. Electrophysiological correlates of reduced pain perception after transcranial theta-burst stimulation. Neuroreport, 2009; 20(12):1051-1055.
    • Csifcsak G, Antal A, Hillers F, Levold M, Bachmann CG, Happe S, Nitsche MA, Ellrich J, Paulus W. Modulatory Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Laser-Evoked Potentials. Pain Med. 2009; 10(1):122-132.
    • Sáry Gy, Koteles K, Kaposvari P, Lenti L, Csifcsak G, Franko E, Benedek Gy, Tompa T. The representation of Kanizsa illusory contours in the monkey inferior temporal cortex. Eur J Neurosci. 2008; 28(10):2137-2146.
    • Poreisz Cs, Csifcsák G, Antal A, Levold M, Hillers F, Paulus W. Theta burst stimulation of the motor cortex reduces laser-evoked pain perception. Neuroreport, 2008; 19(2):193-196.
    • Antal A, Brepohl N, Poreisz C, Boros K, Csifcsak G, Paulus W. Transcranial direct current stimulation over somatosensory cortex decreases experimentally induced acute pain perception. Clin J Pain. 2008; 24(1):56-63.
    • Poreisz Cs, Antal A, Boros K, Brepohl N, Csifcsák G, Paulus W. Attenuation of N2 amplitude of laser-evoked potentials by theta burst stimulation of primary somatosensory cortex. Exp Brain Res, 2008; 185(4):611-621.
    • Cimmer C, Szendi I, Csifcsak G, Szekeres G, Ambrus Kovacs Z, Somogyi I, Benedek G, Janka Z, Keri S. Abnormal neurological signs, visual contrast sensitivity, and the deficit syndrome of schizophrenia. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2006; 30(7):1225-1230.