bestmannlab

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

  • Programme for the Oxford Neuroscience conference is out
    The list of speakers of the 2015 Magstim Neuroscience Conference,...

  • new paper in Experimental Brain Research has been accepted for publication
    Our paper "The uses and interpretations of the motor-evoked potential...

  • Welcome to Sheena Waters!
    Sheena has just joined our lab! She also just passed...

  • Congrats to Simon Little for getting a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship
    We're looking forward to Simon joining our lab soon...

  • Our posters at SfN 2014
    We're presenting 7 posters at SfN this year, find us...

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A fundamental feature of our behaviour is the ability to flexibly and efficiently prepare and specify our actions in response to changes in the world. Our current research focuses on how our brain transforms our decisions about the value of things, our temporal expectations, or the emotional valence of events into actions.

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

Addressing this question is important for understanding how the brain enables interaction with an ever-changing and uncertain environment, how this ability declines with ageing or in pathological conditions that are characterised by impairments of both action and cognition, such as Parkinson’s Disease, Depression, or Stroke.