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The Bernstein-Center Göttingen focuses on the adaptivity of the nervous system ranging from the level of single synapses to the level of cognitive processes. The brain's capability of allocating resources adaptively, i.e. flexibly and adequately, is one of the reasons why neuronal information processing is extremely swift and accurate.

What are the mechanisms underlying this adaptivity? What role does synaptic dynamics play in the flexible encoding of sensory stimuli? What are the mechanisms which assign neuronal resources to specific cognitive tasks through selective attention? These are examples of problems whose solutions require a combination of sophisticated experimental methods with both mathematical modeling and computer simulations.

In the BCCN Göttingen, research groups from three faculties of the University of Göttingen (physics, biology, and medicine), the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the German Primate Center, and the research lab of Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH collaborate in joint projects applying a wide range of modern experimental and theoretical methods. The work achieved at the BCCN will also contribute to the scientific foundations of future applications in neuroprosthetics.

Coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Fred Wolf
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Am Faßberg 17
D - 37077 Göttingen
Tel: ++49 (0)551 5176 423
Fax: ++49 (0)551 5176 474
fred @ nld.ds.mpg.de