Structure of the RTG
Our perception of the world builds on seemingly absolute and temporally stable parameters like the position, colour, and shape of a visual landmark, or the loudness and location of a sound source. The brain areas that process such sensory information are, however, highly plastic on many time scales and receive sensory inputs that only incompletely convey the physical reality.
Understanding the link between variable neuronal response patterns, variable percepts, and a stable mental representation of our world is a formidable challenge. Since this challenge covers aspects from neuronal coding to behaviour, it requires a tight interaction between multiple disciplines, ranging from neurophysiology to experimental psychology and computational neuroscience.
Fields of Expertise: selected experimental expertise and approaches
The goal of all projects is to gain a theoretical understanding of the functional consequences of the contextual changes. As context, we thereby consider any perceptual dimension that modulates a salient percept. A perceptual dimension can thus appear both as a context and as percept.
To ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the RTG, all PhD projects are organised as Tandem Projects, i.e., a doctoral candidate will have at least two supervisors and thereby have access to the complementary experiences of two (or more) respective labs. top
- TP Baier/Herz: Plasticity of place and space coding in the zebrafish brain
- TP Busse/Wachtler_1: Contextual modulations of neuronal representations and perception by stimulus and reward history
- TP Busse/Wachtler_2: Inference of synaptic connectivity from contrast-invariant orientation tuning in the early visual system
- TP Deubel/Grothe: Processing of audio-visual space across eye movements
- TP Deubel/Grothe: Attentional Selection in the Context of Saccadic Eye Movements
- TP Dieterich/Brandt, Glasauer: Hemispheric lateralization and dominance in vestibular and visual cortex during circularvection
- TP Flanagin/Geyer: Individual differences in brain connectivity of the human vestibular network
- TP Grothe/Leibold: Plasticity of spatial coding in auditory cortex
- TP Herz/Sirota: Attractor dynamics in entorhino-hippocampal circuits
- TP Hübener/Leibold: Changes in the population code reflecting associative learning in mouse visual cortex
- TP Lehnen/Wachtler: Perception in Bodily Distress Disorders
- TP Leibold/Grothe: Hippocampal signals of sound location
- TP Sirota/Straka: Exploring sensory mismatch in rats using electrophysiology and virtual reality RatCAVE setup
- TP Straka/Glasauer: Brainstem Plasticity following Embryonic Ear Manipulations
- TP Töllner/Müller: The neural correlates of human cognition during physical activity and exercise
- New TP Busse/Leibold "Responses in primary visual cortex to natural scenes during saccadic eye movements: remapping and encoding of novel visual features"
- New TP Dieterich/Brandt "Spatial orientation and postural control in unilateral vestibular upper brainstem and thalamus lesions"
- New TP Geyer/Müller "Attention templates in visual working memory"
- New TP Müller/Grothe "Guidance and capture of spatial attention by (irrelevant) visual and auditory events"
- New TP Ruscheweyh/Flanagin "Supraspinal correlates of learned activation of descending pain inhibition in humans "
- New TP Shi/Wachtler "Contextual Biases in space and time"
- New TP Straka/Leibold "Central representation of locomotor correlates at the neuronal population level"
- New TP Straube/Eggert/Dieterich "Brain activity in encoding and retrieval of explicit spatial memory"