bestmannlab

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

  • 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...

  • July 2016 Sven has presented our work on Computational Neurostimulation at CiNET, Osaka
    Sven has presented our work on Computational Neurostimulation at the...

  • July 2016 Archy’s new paper “Acute stress selectively impairs learning to act” is now in press
    Archy's paper "Acute stress selectively impairs learning to act", with...

  • June 2016 New paper on neural basis of effort-reward trade-offs accepted in J Neurosci
    Our paper "Neural signatures of value comparison in human cingulate...

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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.