bestmannlab

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

  • Oct 2014 New paper in Trends in Cognitive Sciences
    Look out for our new paper, "Understanding the behavioural consequences...

  • Oct 2014 New paper accepted in MRM
    New paper entitled "A novel coil array for combined TMS/fMRI experiments at...

  • Sept 2014 New paper published “A Setup for Administering TMS During fMRI
    Our paper "A Setup for Administering TMS to Medial and...

  • Sept 2014 New PhD student Isobel Weinberg has joined the lab
    We welcome Isobel Weinberg, who has joined the lab on...

  • Motor Control & Rehabilitation A Collaborative Johns Hopkins University - UCL Meeting
    Great JHU-UCL meeting coming up in Baltimore, with an exciting...

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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.