bestmannlab

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

  • May 2015 Sven is talking about Computational Neurostimulation in Geneva
    Sven will give the Brain and Cognition Seminar at Neuroscience Centre,...

  • May 2015 New paper by Inge Volman accepted
    Inge's paper "Testosterone biases the amygdala towards social threat approach"...

  • april 2015 sven is presenting at the 3rd North America Meeting on Brain Stimulation and Neuroimaging
    sven will talk about Computational Neurostimulation at the 3rd North America...

  • april 2015 Sven will speak at the BNA 2015 meeting
    As part of the symposium on non-invasive brain stimulation, Sven...

  • March 2015 Our paper on effort discounting is now published in PLoS Comp Biol
    Our new open access paper in PLoS Computational Biology can be...

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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.