bestmannlab

"thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world" - goethe

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

  • august 2014 post-doc position available NOW!
    We are looking for a Post-doc joining us to investigate decision signals in...

  • august 2014 Archy’s new article coming out in Journal of Neuroscience
    New Journal Club article "A role for the human substantia...

  • August 2014 New paper accepted in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
    Our paper "The role of dopamine in motor flexibility" with...

  • July 2014 New Post-doc and PhD/RA position available
    One Post-doc and one PhD/Ra position is available with Dr...

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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.