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
Radio interview with Stefan Treue on the radio show "IQ - Wissenschaft und Forschung": http://www.br.de/radio/bayern2/programmkalender/ausstrahlung-652518.html
On the radio show "IQ - Wissenschaft und Forschung" broadcasted on April 22, 2016 on Bayern 2, Prof Stefan Treue talked about animal experiments in science and explained why non-human primates are essential for his scientific work about higher brain functions.
Picture of the month
As in previous years, the DPZ offered a lab visit to boys and girls of Lower Saxony in context of the yearly "Zunkunftstag" ("future day"). On April 28, pupils of grades 8 and 9 visited the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab and the Sensorimotor Group and learned about the scientific work of both groups. On the picture, students are performing a self-experiment on how the sensorimotor transformation in the brain is adapting to changes in perception.