bestmannlab

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

  • June 2016 New paper on neural basis of effort-reward trade-offs accepted in J Neurosci
    Our paper "Neural signatures of value comparison in human cingulate...

  • June 2016 Sven will present our work on high precision MEG to the StrangeLab in Madrid
    Sven will visit Bryan Strange's StrangeLab at the Centre for...

  • June 2016 Sven will give an online talk to Leo Cohen’s lab
    Looking forward to our first online seminar, to Leo Cohen's...

  • July 2016 Sven will present at the 31st International Congress for Psychology (ICP)
    Sven will talk about "Using TMS to study the transformation...

  • May 2016 Sven will speak at the Marr Club in Cambridge
    Sven will speak at Benedetto de Martino's Marr Club in Cambridge, on...

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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.