bestmannlab

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

  • 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...

  • feb 2015 new paper “Binding space and time through action” accepted for publication
    our paper "Binding space and time through action" by Binetti,...

  • march 2015 Sven and Simon will speak at the 1st International Brain Stimulation Conference
    Sven will present at the symposium "How to use Computational...

  • feb 2015 welcome to simon little, who has joined the lab on his wellcome fellowship
    Simon has now started his prestigious Wellcome Trust Clinical Training...

  • Feb 2015 Sven will speak at Trinity College Dublin on Improvements through neurostimulation
    Looking forward to be speaking at Trinity College's Institute of...

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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.