"thinking is easy, acting is difficult. to act on what we think is troublesome " - goethe

  • Feb 2019 New paper on Dopamine, Timing and PD in press
    Our paper "Learning from the past and expecting the future...

  • Dec 2018 Sven will teach at the Utrecht TMS workshop

  • Jan 2019 Welcome to Lydia Mardell
    Lydia has joined the lab for her PhD rotation project

  • Nov 2018 Forget me not - our new paper on general vs special purpose models is out
    "Forget-me-some: General versus special purpose models in a hierarchical probabilistic...

  • Nov 2018 New paper in J Neurosci on value computations for quantity and quality
    Our new paper "Computing value from quality and quantity in...


Without movement or action, all of our thoughts would remain silent. Yet how our perception, thoughts and decisions turn into actions remains one of the big questions in neuroscience. Our vision is to understand the neural processes through which we plan, execute and evaluate our movement.

One of the unresolved questions that have bedazzled neuroscientists ever since Charles Sherrington provided the first detailed ‘motor map’ of the primate motor cortex is: "How does our brain transform our thoughts into actions?"

Addressing this question is important for understanding how we make normal healthy movements, but will also prove critical to understanding the pathophysiology of impairments of movement control, such as occurring after Stroke.