Welcome to Decision and Awareness Group (DAG)
Our research group is affiliated with the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL) of Prof. Stefan Treue at the German Primate Center (DPZ). The group was established in April 2011 in collaboration with the Institute for Cognitive Neurology of Prof. Melanie Wilke, University Medicine Goettingen (UMG), and is currently funded by the CNL and the UMG. The UMG funding comes from the Schilling foundation endowment to Prof. Wilke. Additional funding sources are the German Research Foundation (DFG) grants "Neural basis of spatial neglect symptoms in thalamo-cortical circuits" to Melanie Wilke and Igor Kagan (2012), and DFG Research Unit "Primate Systems Neuroscience" (FOR 1847), project "Bilateral decision networks for eye and arm movements" grant to Igor Kagan and Melanie Wilke, and Cluster of Excellence "Nanoscale Microscopy and Molecular Physiology of the Brain" (CNMPB) Primate Platform.
We are also part of Leibnitz Science Campus "Primate Cognition".
Our research aims to understand the neural basis of cognitive functions such as spatial awareness and decision making: the ability to perceive and to act adequately in response to multiple external sensory events, exhibiting a flexible behavior in face of several alternatives. We are utilizing neurophysiological recordings (neuronal firing and local field potential) in behaving macaque monkeys, functional imaging (fMRI) in monkeys and humans, and reversible perturbations (inactivation and stimulation) of specific brain regions to study these functions on the local (neuronal) and global (network) levels. Our current work is focusing on intra-areal, interhemispheric, and pulvinar-cortical interactions and communication during visuomotor decision making and response selection, a monkey model of spatial neglect and decision making deficits, and monkey-human comparison of these functions.
Recent News and Events
01.05.2017 - Isabel Kreis (M. Sc. Psychology, Bielefeld University) started internship in our group, working with Kristin Kaduk.
13.03.2017 - Adan Ulises Dominguez Vargas successfully defended his PhD thesis "The role of thalamic pulvinar in eye-hand coordination for goal-directed actions" within System Neuroscience GGNB program.
06.03.2017 - Iryna Schommartz (TU Dresden) started lab rotation in the Social Neuroscience project, working together with Sebastian Moeller.
01.02.2017 - Jiaqi Shang (Northwestern University) started internship in our group.
01.03.2017 - Uwe Zimmermann completed his Master in Developmental, Neural and Behavioral Biology in our group, working with Lydia Gibson on "Effects of Pulvinar Microstimulation on Target Selection" in perceptual decision tasks.
30.12.2016 - Our paper, Electrical Microstimulation of the Pulvinar Biases Saccade Choices and Reaction Times in a Time-Dependent Manner, was accepted to Journal of Neuroscience.
15.12.2016 - Isabel Wunder (University of Giessen) started Master thesis in our group.
01.12.2016 - After nearly 6 years, our one and only Ira Panolias left our group to be closer to her family in Hannover. Best of luck to her! (and us...)
01.11.2016 - Our own Kristin Kaduk, M.Sc. in Psychology, Goettingen University, returned home from Lyon, France (where she did an exciting internship with Fadila Hadj-Bouziane) to start PhD in our group.