bestmannlab

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

  • Jan 2017 Congrats to Ana Saraiva for passing her viva and becoming a PhD!
    Ana Saraiva is now a doctor - having passed the...

  • Jan 2017 Sven will talk about Computational Neurostimulation in Dresden
    Sven will speak about "'Understanding and predicting the behavioural consequences...

  • Feb 2017 New paper accepted in JNNP on reinforcement, motor learning and stroke
    Our paper "Reward and punishment enhance motor adaptation in stroke"...

  • Jan 2017 New paper accepted in NeuroImage
    Our paper "Using generative models to make probabilistic statements about...

  • Dec 2016 New paper on choice hysteresis & computational neurostimulation accepted in eLife
    "Response repetition biases in human perceptual decisions are explained 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 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.