Claudia D. Tesche


Transcranial Stimulation Laboratory

Photo: Claudia Tesche
Logan Hall Rm 136
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Curriculum vitae

Research Area/s:

Cognition, Brain and Behavior

Research Interests:

  • Magnetoencephalographic (MEG) imaging of brain dynamics
  • Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS)
  • Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS)
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
  • FASD
  • ASD


Accepting students?  Dr. Tesche is accpting students for Fall 2023.  Please email Dr. Tesche if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies.

I received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by ten years as a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Laboratory in Yorktown Heights, NY.  My research interests included the optimization of Superconducting Quantum Intereference Device (SQUID) magnetic sensors with applications in the foundations of quantum mechanics and the imaging of neuronal activity in the brain.  I initiated a joint project between IBM and the Helsinki University of Technology to develop multichannel DC SQUID-based magnetoencephalographic (MEG) arrays. I spent eight years in Finland utilizing the first whole-scalp MEG arrays to characterize human brain dynamics, with a particular interest in frequency-domain analysis of oscillatory activity and the detection of MEG signals from deep brain structures. I joined the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico as Professor in 2000. I am presently serving as the Director of the Transcranial Stimulation Laboratory.  My present research interests include MEG characterization of network dynamics in adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to enhance social skills in adults and older adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and the utilization of MEG to characterize the effects of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) on brain dynamics.

Selected Publications

  • Wilson, J.E., Quinn, D.K., Wilson, J.K., Garcia, C.M., Tesche ,C.D. (2018) Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to the Right Temporoparietal Junction for Social Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Case Report.J ECT 34(1),e10–e13.
  • Tesche, C.D., Kodituwakku, P.W., Garcia, C.M., Houck, J.M. (2014) Sex-related differences in auditory processing in adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A magnetoencephalographic study. Neuroimage Clinical 7:571-587.
  • Houck, J.M., Moyers, T.B, Tesche, C.D. (2012) Through a glass darkly: some insights on change talk via magnetoencephalography. Psychol Addict Behav 27(2): 489-500.
  • Manto, M., Bower, J.M., Conforto, A.B., Delgado-García, J.M., Farias da Guarda, S.N., Gerwig, M.,  Habas, C., Hagura, N., Ivry, R.B., Mariën, P., Molinari, M., Naito, E., Nowak, D.A., Ben Taib, N.O., Pelisson, D., Tesche, C.D., Tilikete, C., Timmann, D. (2012). Consensus paper: roles of the cerebellum in motor control-the diversity of ideas on cerebellar involvement in movement.Cerebellum11(2): 457–87.
  • Stone, D.B., Tesche, C.D. (2009). Transcranial direct current stimulation modulates shifts in global/local attention. NeuroReport20(12): 1115–1119.  
  • Jensen, O., Tesche, C.D. (2002). Frontal Theta Activity in Humans Increases with Memory Load in a Working Memory Task. European Journal of Neuroscience, 15: 1–6.
  • Tesche, C.D., Karhu, J. (2000). Theta Oscillations Index Human Hippocampal Activation During a Working Memory Task. PNAS 97 (2): 919–924.
  • Tesche, C.D., Karhu, J. (2000). Anticipatory Cerebellar Responses During Somatosensory Omission in Man. Human Brain Mapping 9: 119–142.

Courses Taught

  • Psych 450/650 Advanced Functional Neuroimaging

  • Psych 450/650 Transcranial Stimulation Laboratory

  • Psych 450/650 EEG Laboratory

  • Psych 450/650 Functional Neuroanatomy

  • Psych 641 Seminar in Cognition, Brain and Behavior


Nickolas Mertens

Brigitte Stevens

For prospective grad students:

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies with Dr. Tesche please contact her by email.