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Welcome to the Scherberger Lab

The Neurobiology Laboratory is located at the German Primate Center (DPZ) in Göttingen. The group leader, Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Scherberger, is also associated with the Department of Biology at the Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany.

Mission statement

We investigate the neurophysiology of primate hand function to understand its neuronal representation, and we develop decoding methods to control artificial hands directly from brain activity.

Research Goals

We are interested in how hand movements are generated in the primate brain and how intentions to grasp objects can be decoded for controlling a neural prosthesis. For this, we investigate the cortical representation of hand movements in motor-related cortical areas and their relation to sensory systems and decision making. Furthermore, we are developing brain-machine interfaces that can read out such movement intentions to control robotic devices. Such systems could be useful for future applications aiming to restore hand function in paralyzed patients.

The Neurobiology Lab hosts the NWG Social Neurobiology led by Raymundo Báez-Mendoza. The goal of the lab is to understand the behavioral and neuronal mechanisms governing the formation and maintenance of friendships.
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Fine Motor Skills for Robotic Hands

How are hand movements planned in the brain? Neuroscientists at the German Primate Center can predict grip movements of the hand by measuring brain cell activity.

Prof. Dr. med. Hansjörg Scherberger

Prof. Dr. med. Hansjörg Scherberger Head of the Neurobiology Laboratory +49 551 3851 494 Contact Profile

Kerstin Zaft Secretaries +49 551 3851 495 +49 551 3851 228 Contact Profile


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