Structure of the RTG
Our perception of the world builds on seemingly absolute and temporally stable parameters like the position, colour, and shape of a visual landmark, or the loudness and location of a sound source. The brain areas that process such sensory information are, however, highly plastic on many time scales and receive sensory inputs that only incompletely convey the physical reality.
Understanding the link between variable neuronal response patterns, variable percepts, and a stable mental representation of our world is a formidable challenge. Since this challenge covers aspects from neuronal coding to behaviour, it requires a tight interaction between multiple disciplines, ranging from neurophysiology to experimental psychology and computational neuroscience.
Fields of Expertise: selected experimental expertise and approaches
The goal of all projects is to gain a theoretical understanding of the functional consequences of the contextual changes. As context, we thereby consider any perceptual dimension that modulates a salient percept. A perceptual dimension can thus appear both as a context and as percept.
To ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the RTG, all PhD projects are organised as Tandem Projects, i.e., a doctoral candidate will have at least two supervisors and thereby have access to the complementary experiences of two (or more) respective labs. top
- TP Baier/Herz: Plasticity of place and space coding in the zebrafish brain
- TP Grothe/Deubel: Attentional Selection in the Context of Saccadic Eye Movements
- TP Dieterich/Brandt: Modulation of central vestibular networks through aging and high-strength magnetic fields
- TP Geyer/Müller: Contextual cueing of visual search
- TP Herz/Sirota: Attractor dynamics in entorhino-hippocampal circuits
- TP Hübener/Leibold: Changes in the population code reflecting associative learning in mouse visual cortex
- TP Sirota/Straka: Vestibular influence on spatial representation in entorhino-hippocampal system
- TP Straka/Glasauer: Multi-modal signal convergence in extraocular motoneurons
- TP Straube/Ruscheweyh: Can patients with chronic back pain learn control over spinal nociception?