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November 2018


The Society for Neuroscience Meeting in the US once again offered us the opportunity to present current research of the CNL to international scientists. We presented 8 posters, 1 short talk and 1 talk. The meeting also provided an opportunity for a get-together of past and present CNL-members (see photo).

September 2018


This year’s retreat of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab took place in Volpriehausen in August. Over four days the scientists of the CNL, SMG, and DAG groups discussed the ongoing research of the whole lab. The retreat was rounded out by a team-building afternoon together with the technical staff.

May 2018

This year several members of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab again took part in the  "March for science" on April 14th 2018. Stefan Treue was one of the speakers at the central rally in Göttingen, which gathered more than 700 participants. They advocated for freedom in science and fact-based policy together with the participants of similar events in more than 20 other cities in Germany.

March 2018


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.

December 2017


Fifty vocational students from the Göttingen region visited the German Primate Center and the Physics Institute of the University of Göttingen in December. As part of the project series "Europa vor Ort erkunden" [Exploring Europe on location] organized by the Bürger Europas e.V. Association in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, vocational students explore research locations funded by the EU and discuss with prominent representatives from politics. Alexander Gail, head of the Sensorimotor and Neuroprosthetics research group, guided the visitors through the laboratories and gave a lecture on the topic of the neuroscientific objectives of the EU project Plan4Act, which is being carried out in cooperation with Florentin Wörgötter of the University of Göttingen and other European partners. Stefan Treue welcomed the guests and Thomas Oppermann, Vice-President of the Bundestag, presented topics for discussion with the students in his presentation "Europe in the 60th year of the EU".

September 2017


This year’s Society for Neuroscience conference in November offered current and past members of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab the opportunity to network at the alumni dinner. The researchers discussed current developments in their work both within and outside the lab since the last reunion.

August 2017

This year’s retreat of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab took place in Volpriehausen in August. Over three days the scientists of the CNL, SMG, and DAG groups discussed the ongoing research of the whole lab. The retreat was rounded out by a team-building afternoon together with the technical staff.

April 2017

On April 10th, 2017, Dr. Andreas Ganz, 
„Ärzte gegen Tierversuche e.V." and Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue,
 director of the German Primate Center, discussed the pros and cons of animal research on the broadcast „Peter Hahne“ on ZDF. The broadcast is available through the ZDF media library.

September 2016

Tierversuche verstehen: Press Conference
The scientific community in Germany is looking to comprehensively and transparently inform on animal testing in research with a new initiative. To this effect, the Alliance of Scientific Organizations presented their joint project "Tierversuche verstehen" (Understanding animal research) on September 6, 2016 in Berlin. This project provides multifaceted information material, contact with experts, and facilitates discussions interactively via an internet platform and through social media.

May 2016

Zukunftstag 2016
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.

April 2016

Thesis defence Vera Veith
Thesis defence of Vera Veith and subsequent kiss of the Gänseliesel.

March 2016

"Reach for the light" by Michael Berger
The winner of the yearly DPZ photo contest is Michael Berger from the Sensorimotor Group. He won with his picture "Reach for the light" which shows a rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) performing a task in a training cage. The fur of the monkey colored in red so that the monkey's movements can be tracked by a video camera.

More information about the experiment behind the picture and the DPZ photo contest can be found here.

February 2016

Visit Weil at DPZ
The animal housing of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory has recently moved into the new and modern facilities of the new imaging center of the DPZ. The picture shows Prof Stefan Treue together with the prime minister of Lower Saxony Stefan Weil during a visit of the new animal housing in the context of the inauguration of the imaging center in April of last year before the facilities were taken into use.

January 2016

Defence of Philipp Schwedhelm
Defence of Philipp Schwedhelm and subsequent kiss of the Gänseliesel.

October 2015

Lab Retreat Volpriehausen 2015
Participants of this year's lab retreat in Volpriehausen.

September 2015

Graduation of Lalitta Suriya-Arunroj
Defence of Lalitta Suriya-Arunroj and subsequent kiss of the Gänseliesel.

August 2015

August 2015
Students of the Neurobiology II lecture, which is part of the masters program "Developmental, Neural, and Behavioral Biology" at the University of Göttingen, are visiting the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and the Sensorimotor Group. Here, group leader Alexander Gail is explaining how activity of single cells can be recorded from the brain.

July 2015

June 2015
On June 24, John Reynolds from the Salk Institute For Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA, visited the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and gave a talk about "Using Primate Optogenetics To Probe Mechanisms on Visual Attention".

March 2015

March 2015
Attendees of the 8th Primate Neurobiology Meeting taking place at the German Primate Center. 136 participants from Europe, Canada and the US discussed topics related to neuroscience conducted with primates. Additionally, issues concerning animal welfare and sociopolitics were brought up. Linked to the conference, a workshop was offered to technical personnel, animal caretakers and animal trainiers where practical aspects of neuroscientific methods were discussed.

May 2014

May 2014
The lab presented its current research on May 17th at the "Tag des offenen Bundesrats" (Open Day of the German Upper House of Parliament) in Berlin. In the picture are Prof. Gail and Prof. Treue together with the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Mr. Weil (in the center of the picture, with striped tie) during his visit at the DPZ's presentation.

March 2014

Besuch Studienstiftung
Visit of the members of the "Lebenswissenschaftliches Kollegs der Studienstiftung".

October 2013

October 2013
The construction site of the MRT building.

May 2013

Mai 2013
The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL) and the Sensorimotor Group work closely with the Goettingen Bernstein Center for Computational Neurosience (BCCN). The picture shows members of the CNL and the BCCN at an experimental setup for the collection of neuronal signals from the cortex of rhesus monkeys. (picture taken by Viktoria Novak)

April 2013

April 2013
Lab Retreat 2013 in Volpriehausen

March 2013

March 2013
The thesis defence of Dr. Shenbing Kuang.

December 2012

Nacht des Wissens 2012
The University and the local extramural scientific institutes, including the German Primate Center, organized the first "Goettingen Night of Science" on November 24th. The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (incl. the Sensorimotor Group) contributes several hands-on demonstrations and experiments for the thousands of visitors of all ages. This picture shows a grandfather with his grandson looking at the visualization of the path of the eyes of an observer that scans a complex picture.

October 2012

October 2012
The thesis defence of Dr. Sonia Baloni and Dr. Valeska Stephan.

September 2012

September 2012
The students (including Philipp Schwedhelm from the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory) and the organizers (including Stefan Treue) of the summer course "Computational Neuroscience: Vision" at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

August 2012

August 2012
The Sensorimotor Group with its head Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail.

July 2012

July 2012
Group picture on our lab excursion day.

June 2012

June 2012
Lab Retreat 2012

January 2012

January 2012
On the cover: The McGill University Redmen quarterback (#6) simultaneously attends to his receiver (#21) and to the opposing team's defense player (silver jersey) emerging from behind the right guard. The rest of the information in the visual scene is suppressed, including the referee and the players blocked by the guards on both sides. In this issue of Neuron we show that multifocal attention simultaneously enhances neural representations of behaviorally relevant targets while suppressing interspersed distracters (see Niebergall et al., pages 1067–1079). Graphic design by Guillaume Doucet and photography by John Kelsey.

December 2011

December 2011
DPZ Christmas tree 2011

November 2011

November 2011
Award of the DPZ Foundation Award on November 1, 2011. From left to right: Dr. Stephanie Westendorff, Martin Surbeck and Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue.

October 2011

Oktober 2011

Prof. Stefan Treue with participants of the international conference "Pathway to more Transparency in Animal Research", which took place October 16-18 in Berlin. From left to right: Dr. Cornelia Exner (University of Marburg), Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue, Elisabeth Jeggle (member of the European Parliament and correspondent of the European Parliament during the revision of the EU directive for animal research), Jutta Cook (Boehringer Ingelheim, Biberach), Dr. Dr. Karin Blumer (Novartis). Topics of the conference were the Basel Declaration and the improvement of acceptance and understanding of animal experiments in public and politics. More info about the Basel Declaration can be found here.