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 and two additional groups are closely associated with the CNL:
- The Sensorimotor Group (SMG), headed by Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail aims to understand the neural basis of sensorimotor transformations, i.e. the cortical mechanisms underlying the planning of voluntary movements. More info
- The Decision and Awareness Group (DAG), headed by Dr. Igor Kagan is focused on the neural mechanisms of active perception, decision making and goal-directed actions. More info
- The Junior Research Group Perception and Plasticity (PPG), headed by Dr. Caspar Schwiedrzik (guest scientist from the European Neuroscience Institute in Göttingen) studies the neuronal basis of perceptual learning and plasticity in the visual system. More info
- The Cognitive Neurology Group (CNG), headed by Prof. Dr Melanie Wilke focuses on the neuronal basis of visual perception and consciousness, as well as comparative studies of humans and non-human primates. More info
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
To perform complex tasks the brain needs to coordinate the activity of many nerve cells, just like a conductor needs to coordinate the instruments in an orchestra to create complex pieces of music. In the international scientific journal BMC Biology we have published a study shedding light on the details of this process in the cortex of primates.
Link to press release
Link zu article
Picture of the Month
This year many hundreds of visitors of all ages came to the many hands-on activities of the Cognitive Neurosciences Lab at the 4th "Nacht des Wissens". Visitors were given an insight into our research topics. They were able to test whether we can really trust our eyes, what methods we use, how playful learning works, and how monkeys help us understand the functions of the brain. A small impression can also be seen in this short video clip.