Looking for Participants

The MPI for Biological Cybernetics is looking for participants for some of their research experiments [more].

Most recent Publications

Fademrecht L, Bülthoff I and de la Rosa S (June-2017) Action recognition is viewpoint-dependent in the visual periphery Vision Research 135 10–15.
Cocchi L, Yang Z, Zalesky A, Stelzer J, Hearne LJ, Gollo LL and Mattingley JB (June-2017) Neural decoding of visual stimuli varies with fluctuations in global network efficiency Human Brain Mapping 38(6) 3069–3080.
Schindler A and Bartels A (May-2017) Connectivity Reveals Sources of Predictive Coding Signals in Early Visual Cortex during Processing of Visual Optic Flow Cerebral Cortex 27(5) 2885-2893.
Rajappa S, Bülthoff HH and Stegagno P (May-2017) Design and implementation of a novel architecture for physical human-UAV interaction International Journal of Robotics Research Epub ahead.
Lee AS, Azmitia EC and Whitaker-Azmitia PM (May-2017) Developmental Microglial Priming in Postmortem Autism Spectrum Disorder Temporal Cortex Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 62 193–202.


The Research Groups and their Research Focus

Computational Neuroanatomy

One key challenge in neuroscience is to elucidate mechanistic principles of how the brain integrates sensory information from its environment to generate behavior. At present, experimental methods to directly monitor sensory-evoked streams of excitation throughout the brain, at cellular and millisecond resolution are lacking. To overcome these limitations, the ‘Computational Neural Anatomy Group’ seeks to develop an alternative reverse engineering approach. The novel approach comprises reconstructing the detailed 3D structure of neural circuits, quantifying local and long-range synaptic connectivity and simulating sensory-evoked signal flow within the resultant anatomically realistic network models. Opens internal link in current window[more]

MR Spectroscopy and Ultra-High Field Methodology

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) allows for non-invasive and non-ionizing determination of tissue concentrations and metabolic turn-over rates of various metabolites and compounds in animals or humans. MRS is hence applied for clinical diagnostics and has established as an important tool for physiological research. The focus of this research group is MRS methods development exploiting the advantages of ultra-high field strength and applications in the areas of psychiatric imaging and spinal cord pathologies.Opens internal link in current window[more]

MR Neuroimaging Agents

We develop responsive or smart contrast agents for tracking neuronal activity. These are bioactivated molecules able to detect changes in concentration of ions or molecules relevant for brain function and translate them into changes in MR contrast. These functional markers permit direct visualization of neural activation independent of the state of the vascular system. Opens internal link in current window[more]

Translational Neuroimaging and Neural Control

One research direction is to study the underlying mechanism of neurovascular coupling by identifying the signaling molecules propagating from neuron to glia, and to vessel. The other is to identify the “core switch” underlying the brain arousal and coma states by combining genetic tools with optical imaging and high field fMRI. The goal is to identify candidate molecules from critical brain nuclei, which can contribute to switch brain states. We are expected to translate the knowledge acquired from animal models to novel therapeutic treatment of coma patients. Opens internal link in current window[more]

Space and Body Perception

Our aim is to investigate human perception and behavior using ecologically valid and immersive virtual reality (VR). At the same time we consider the implications of our scientific results for improving design specifications for VR software and technology. VR equipment enables our scientists to provide sensory stimulus in a controlled virtual world and to manipulate or alter sensory input that would not be possible in the real world. Opens internal link in current window[more]

Neuronal Convergence

fMRI is widely used to study the operational organization of the brain. The exact relationship between the measured functional signal and the underlying neural activity, however, is yet unclear. Previous studies (Logothetis et al., 2001; Caesar et al., 2003) have already exam-
ined the relationship between large-scale electrical (in particular the local field potentials) and functional activity patterns. However, the large-scale neurochemical context, which is of utmost importance for drug design and development, has so far not been considered. [more]
Last updated: Thursday, 18.05.2017