Primates, compared to other mammals, are characterized by a large brain, a highly developed visual system and a differentiated fine motor control. Because of these characteristics, nonhuman primates represent optimal animal models in the study of special human capacities.
In the section "Neurosciences", accordingly, the focus is on studies in cognitive behavior, in central nervous control of movement, auditory processing and in visual perception.
The Cognitive Neurosciences Laboratory is carrying out research on the neuronal bases of information processing in the brain. The main focus is placed on visual perception and its modulation by cognitive factors, such as attention. While most of the experiments are aimed at understanding basic phenomena, the results could also be of importance in understanding neurological disturbances, thereby offering the possibility for therapeutical developments.
We are interested in how hand movements are generated in the primate brain and how intentions to grasp objects can be decoded for controlling a neural prosthesis.
The Functional Imaging Laboratory wants to provide better insights into an intact living organism without damaging or even destroying the organism.
Auditory Neuroscience and Optogenetics Laboratory
We study how the auditory system processes acoustic information in normal and prosthetic hearing. Working with marmosets, that feature rich vocal communication, we aim to improve the frequency resolution of sound coding by cochlear implants using an optogenetic approach.