bestmannlab

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

  • 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...

  • Nov 2018 New paper accepted in Brain Stimulation
    New paper "Motor training modulates intracortical inhibitory dynamics in motor...

  • Oct 2018 Sven speaks at NTT/Gatsby/UCL/OIST workshop in Okinawa
    Sven talks about the role of sensorimotor beta activity at...

  • Oct 2018 New PhD student Will Kistler has joined the lab
    Will is funded by an NIH-UCL PhD fellowship over 4...

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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.