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

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

  • July 2014 Sven elected to the Board of the Young Academy of Europe
    Sven got elected to the Board of the Young Academy...

  • July 2014 New paper accepted in NeuroImage
    Our new paper "Discrimination of cortical laminae using MEG", with...

  • May 2014 Talk at the Amsterdam Brain & Cognition Centre
    Sven will speak about "Decisions for Actions", hosted by Tobias...

  • May 2014 Magstim Neuroscience Conference in Oxford
    This year's Magstim Neuroscience conference is approaching fast, organised by...

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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 the value of actions, 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.