bestmannlab

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

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  • June 2015 Sven is talking about Laminar-specific MEG at the OHBM15 meeting in Hawaii
    as part of the symposium "Investigating Neuronal Computation in Cortical...

  • June 2015 New paper by Jimmy on modelling nonlinear effects of tDCS
    Jimmy's paper "Understanding the nonlinear physiological and behavioral effects of...

  • May 2015 Welcome to Rosy Southwell, who joined the lab for her MSc project
    Rosy will conduct her MSc project with us, on the...

  • June 2015 Louise’s new paper has been accepted in Journal of Neuroscience
    Louise's work with Paul Bays, "Evidence for optimal integration of...

  • May 2015 New review paper on action preparation accepted for publication in The Neuroscientist
    Our paper "Transcranial magnetic stimulation: Decomposing the processes underlying action...

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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.