Welcome to the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL) at the German Primate Center (DPZ).
Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory is Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue. He also is the Director of the DPZ and University Professor for Cognitive Neurosciences and Biopsychology at the Faculty of Biology and Psychology, Georg-Elias-Müller-Institute for Psychology at the University of Göttingen.
The CNL also hosts two research groups with distinct scientific interests:
- The Sensorimotor Group (SMG), headed by Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail is closely affiliated with the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience. Research in the SMG is aimed at understanding the neural basis of sensorimotor transformations, i.e. the cortical mechanisms underlying the planning of voluntary movements. More info about SMG
- The Decision and Awareness Group (DAG), headed by Dr. Igor Kagan is closely affiliated with the Department of Cognitive Neurology (Prof. Melanie WIlke) at the Medical School. Research in the DAG is focused on neural mechanisms of active perception, decision making and goal-directed actions. More info about DAG
Short movie about the research focuses and methods of the CNL
Seeing is an active process; it is more than just a reflection of our environment. Visual information is strongly modified on its way from the eyes through the cortex by a multitude of visual processes. This way, we can distinguish important from unimportant information. The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory investigates these phenomena in the brain.
Link of the month
In cognitive neuroscience, non-human primates are often required to solve complex cognitive tasks that require extensive training. Researchers of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab developed a standardised unsupervised training protocol for use with the XBI computerized training device that was also developed in-house. The results of successful application of this protocol are presented in a study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology and discussed in the accompanying Podcast Interview with Michael Berger, Valeska Stephan and Antonino Calapai. Article Podcast
Picture of the Month
Using the XBI device, it is possible to perform demanding cognitive training even in housing settings without specific training setups. Combined with the unsupervised training protocol, which increases in difficulty according to the animal’s abilities, the animal is kept engaged over extended periods. This also supports the additional usability of the XBI as an enrichment tool for animals in their home cage.