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

  • Jan 2015 Sven to speak at this year’s NYC Neuromodulation meeting
    Sven will talk about "How can we bridge between physiological...

  • Jan 2015 New paper accepted in PLoS Computational Biology
    Miriam's paper "Behavioral Modeling of Human Choices Reveals Dissociable Effects...

  • Bestmannlab wishes a happy 2015 to everyone!
    Happy new year to all firiends and colleagues!

  • Dec 2014 Programme for the Oxford Neuroscience conference is out
    The list of speakers of the 2015 Magstim Neuroscience Conference in...

  • new paper in Experimental Brain Research has been accepted for publication
    Our paper "The uses and interpretations of the motor-evoked potential...

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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.