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Research Area A

The projects in area A focus on information processing in particular areas, usually cerebrocortical areas, and differences and commonalities between areas.

A1 — Encoding of complex motion patterns in area MST of macaque visual cortex and its attentional modulation by the frontal lobe
This project investigates the role of attention in processing visual motion information.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue, Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, German Primate Center, Kellnerweg 4, 37077 Göttingen

A2 — Temporal encoding during eye movements in macaque visual cortex
This project attempts to unravel the function and parietal implementation of time perception in the temporal vicinity of saccadic eye movements.
Prof. Dr. Frank Bremmer, Department of Neurophysics, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 8a, 35043 Marburg

A3 — The role of the cerebellum in saccadic adaptation as a window into neural mechanisms of motor learning
This project investigates saccadic adaptation as a model of motor learning.
Prof. Dr. Peter Thier, Dept. Cognitive Neurology, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3, 72076 Tübingen

A4 — Imaging and manipulating neural circuits involved in visual motion processing underlying perception and visuomotor behaviour
This project uses a combination of emerging optical and optogenetic techniques to identify specific contributions of different types of neurons and their respective input to the formation of sensorimotor decisions.
Dr. Takashi Sato, Center for Integrative Neurosciences, University of Tübingen, Otfried-Müller-Str. 25, 72076 Tübingen

A5 — The role of dopamine in prefrontal cortex neurons subserving decision-making
This project investigates dopaminergic modulation of perceptual and rule-based judgments in the prefrontal cortex.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Nieder
, Institute of Neurobiology, Dept. Animal Physiology, Auf der Morgenstelle 28, 72076 Tübingen

Research Area B

The groups that make up area B emphasize the mechanisms and functional implications of interactions between areas.

B1 — Brain-wide dynamics during overt goal-oriented exploration of natural scenes
This project investigates the patterns of rhythmic neuronal synchronization within and between brain areas during a serial visual search task.
Prof. Dr. Pascal Fries, Ernst-Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience, Deutschordenstr. 46, 60528 Frankfurt

B2 — Action effect anticipation in the frontoparietal sensorimotor network
This project characterizes the nature of spatial motor-goal representations in the frontoparietal sensorimotor network of primates.
Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail, Sensorimotor Group, German Primate Center, Kellnerweg 4, 37077 Göttingen

B3 — Processing of grasp intentions in parietal, premotor, and motor cortex
This project investigates the functional connectivity of hand grasping activity the parietal (AIP), premotor cortex (area F5), and primary motor cortex (M1).
Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Scherberger, Neurobiology Laboratory, German Primate Center, Kellnerweg 4, 37077 Göttingen

B4 — Bilateral decision networks for eye and arm movements
This project investigates the role of intra- and inter-hemispheric interactions in the parietal areas LIP and PRR for decision-making related to eye and arm movements.
Dr. Igor Kagan, Decision & Awareness Group, Cogn. Neuroscience Lab, German Primate Center, Kellnerweg 4, 37077 Göttingen
Prof. Dr. Melanie Wilke
, Dept. Cognitive Neurology, University of Göttingen, Robert-Koch-Straße, 37075 Göttingen

Research Area C

C1 — Ensuring NHP welfare through in-cage cognitive testing and remote sensing of physiological parameters
Development of guidelines for the use and care of non-human primates in neuroscience.
Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail, Sensorimotor Group, German Primate Center, Kellnerweg 4, 37077 Göttingen
Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue, German Primate Center, Kellnerweg 4, 37077 Göttingen
Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Kaup, German Primate Center, Kellnerweg 4, 37077 Göttingen and Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover

C2 — Ethical considerations and standards
This project investigates the ethical and legal frameworks for neurological research involving non-human primates.
Prof. Dr. Urban Wiesing, Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Tübingen, Gartenstr. 47, 72074 Tübingen
Prof. Dr. Jens Clausen,
Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Tübingen, Gartenstr. 47, 72074 Tübingen