RTG 2175 Perception in Context and its neural Basis

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TP Glasauer/Straka: Predictive timing circuits in the cerebellum

PhD student Simon Renner:

"The ability to judge temporal relations of stimuli and form an internal representation of time is deeply ingrained in our brain. Even without a designated sensory organ it can decode statistical patterns on a millisecond level, for example when processing speech, or time movement precise enough to intercept moving targets. The cerebellum has been repeatedly implicated in timing processes, especially when motor tasks are involved. In my thesis I am investigating the cerebellum of Xenopus laevis tadpoles, who show the ability to anticipate predictable visual stimuli. Additionally to optokinetic experiments with the larvae I am using mathematical modeling to guide my research and investigate the theoretical underpinnings of temporal perception in the brain."