bestmannlab

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

  • Jan 2017 Sven and Jimmy will speak at NYC Neuromodulation 2017
    Sven and Jimmy will talk about the spatial resolution of...

  • Oct 2016 New paper in PLoS Biology accepted
    Louise's Marshall's paper "Pharmacological fingerprints of uncertainty" by Marshall M, Mathys...

  • Sept 2016 Our paper on effort based decision making now published in JNeurosci
    Our paper "Neural signatures of value comparison in human cingulate...

  • Sept 2016 Sven will speak and chair at the TBS 2016 in Goettingen
    Sven will chair the session on "Computational Neurostimulation" at the...

  • New paper using cerebellar tDCS in perceptual speech decision in press now in JNP
    Our paper "Cerebellar tDCS Dissociates the Timing of Perceptual Decisions...

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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 and thoughts into purposeful and efficient 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 is: "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 world, and 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.