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Research in the center addresses the cooperative dynamics and adaptivity in neuronal systems at four different levels of organization:

Section A

On the cellular level
Projects in section A are aiming to achieve new levels of quantitative precision and integration for studies of single neuron computation.

Section B

On the network level
Projects in section B will use innovative approaches developed recently to study network dynamics. On the experimental side, in vivo fluorescence imaging of neural activity, genetically encoded fluorescent probes, and the emerging ability to optically perturb the operation of intact networks are driving a revolutionary transition to optophysiology in the study of network dynamics.

Section C

On the cognitive level
The projects in section C build on BCCN-Göttingen’s strong track record in cognitive neuroscience and computational vision. C1 and C3 combine the expertise of Gail’s, Geisel’s and Treue’s groups to approach the largely elusive problem of interareal interactions and top-down modulation in cortical function.

Section D

On the behavioural level
Projects in this section will study the cooperative dynamics of motor systems and their adaptive behavioural control, and address fundamental problems in neuroprosthetics and movement planning as well as in biomechanics and rehabilitation in human patients.