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CNS-Course 2006

Göttingen, September 26 - 30, 2006

Speakers and Topics

  • Carlos Brody:

    Simple neural models that combine working memory with decision making
    • Rainer G, Asaad WF, Miller EK (1998) Selective representation of relevant information by neurons in the primate prefrontal cortex. NATURE 393 (6685): 577-579.
    • Wang XJ (2002) Probabilistic decision making by slow reverberation in cortical circuits. NEURON 36 (5): 955-968.
    • Wong KF, Wang XJ (2006) A recurrent network mechanism of time integration in perceptual decisions. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE 26 (4): 1314-1328.
    • Romo R, Brody CD, Hernandez A, Lemus L (1999) Neuronal correlates of parametric working memory in the prefrontal cortex. NATURE 399 (6735): 470-473.
    • Singh R, Eliasmith C (2006) Higher-dimensional neurons explain the tuning and dynamics of working memory cells. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE 26 (14): 3667-3678.
    • Machens CK, Romo R, Brody CD (2005) Flexible control of mutual inhibition: A neural model of two- interval discrimination. SCIENCE 307 (5712) 1121-1124.
    • Miller P, Wang XJ (2005) Inhibitory control by an integral feedback signal in prefrontal cortex: A model of discrimination between sequential stimuli. PROC. NATL. ACAD. OF SCI. USA 103 (1) 201-206.
  • Konrad Körding:

    Which computational problems does the nervous system solve: A Bayesian view
    • Körding and Wolpert, D. (2006) Bayesian decision theory in sensorimotor control. Trends in Cognitive Sciences (TICS) 10(7) 320-326.
    • Körding, KP. and Wolpert, D. (2004) The loss function of sensorimotor learning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101:9839-42.
    • Körding, K.P. and Wolpert, D. (2004) Bayesian Integration in Sensorimotor Learning. Nature 427:244-247
    • Trommershauser, J., Maloney, L., Landy M. (2003) Statistical decision theory and the selction of rapid, goal-directed movements. J Opt Soc Am A, 20:1419-1433
    • Alais, D. & Burr, D. (2004) The ventriloquist effect results from near-optimal bimodal integration. Curr. Biol. 14, 257-62.
    • Ernst, M. (2006) A Bayesian view on multimodal cue integration. (Eds.) Knoblich, G., M. Grosjean, I. Thornton, M. Shiffrar, Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 105-131.
  • Alexander Gail:

    Movement planning in the cortex -- Implications for the design of neuroprosthetic devices
    • M. Zhang, S. Barash (2000) Neuronal switching of sensorimotor transformations for antisaccades. NATURE 408, 971-975.
    • J. Gottlieb, M. E. Goldberg (1999) Neuronal switching of sensorimotor transformations for antisaccades. Nature Neuroscience 2:10, 906-912.
    • E. Hoshi, J. Tanji (2000) Integration of target and body-part information in the premotor cortex when planning action. iNature 408, 466-470.
    • S. Musallam, B. D. Corneil, B. Greger, H. Scherberger, R. A. Andersen (2004) Cognitive control signals for neural prosthetics. Science 305, 258-262.
    • B. Pesaran, M. J. Nelson, R. A. Anderson (2006) Dorsal premotor neurons encode the relative position of the hand, eye, and goal during reach planning. Neuron 51, 125-134.
    • G. Santhanam, S. I. Ryu, B. M. Yu, A. Afshar, K. V. Shenoy (2006) A high-performance brain-computer interface. Nature 442, 195-198.
  • Andreas Herz:

    Biophysics, information processing and biological function of a small auditory system
    • T. Gollisch, H. Schuütze, J. Benda, A. V. M. Herz (2002) Energy Integration Describes Sound-Intensity Coding in an Insect Auditory System. The Journal of Neuroscience 22(23), 10434-10448.
    • Tim Gollisch and Andreas V. M. Herz (2004) Input-Driven Components of Spike-Frequency Adaptation Can Be Unmasked In Vivo. The Journal of Neuroscience 24(34), 7435-7444.
    • Tim Gollisch and Andreas V. M. Herz (2005) Disentangling Sub-Millisecond Processes within an Auditory Transduction Chain. PLoS Biology 3:1, e8.
    • C. K. Machens, M. B. Stemmler, P. Prinz, R. Krahe, B. Ronacher,1,2 and A. V. M. Herz (2001) Representation of Acoustic Communication Auditory Receptor Neurons. The Journal of Neuroscience 21(9), 3215-3227.
    • C. K. Machens, T. Gollisch, O. Kolesnikova, A. V. M. Herz (2005) Testing the Efficiency of Sensory Coding with Optimal Stimulus Ensembles. Neuron 47, 447-456.
    • C. K. Machens, H. Schütze, A. Franz, O. Kolesnikova, M. B. Stemmler, B. Ronacher, A. V. M. Herz (2003) Single Auditory Neurons Rapidly Discriminate Conspcific Communication Signals. Nat. Neurosci. 2003.
    • Andreas V.M. Herz, Jan Benda, Tim Gollisch, Christian K. Machens, Roland Schaette, Hartmut Schütze, and Martin B. Stemmlea (2005) Auditory Processing of Acoustic Communication Signals: Sensory Biophysics, Neural Coding, and Discrimination of Conspecific Songs. Methods in Insect Sensory Neuroscience 2004.

Supported by

Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e.V.

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Goettingen
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For this year's course: until June 30, 2006

Hosted by

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (formerly named "Strömungsforschung") Bunsenstr. 10, 37073 Göttingen

Preliminary schedule

The course will start on Sept 26, 2006 at noon, and will continue until Saturday afternoon.

Tue. 26 Sept
Wed. 27 Sept
Thur. 28 Sept
Fri. 29 Sept
Sat. 30 Sept
Presentation Presentation Presentation
coffee break

lunch break Registration

13:00-14:30 Brody
Koerding Gail Herz Closing
coffee break

14:45-16:15 Brody Preparation Preparation Excursion
16:30-18:00 Preparation City tour


Dr. J. Michael Herrmann
Prof. Dr. Theo Geisel
Prof. Dr. Florentin Wörgötter

Max. number of participants 32
Course language English
Fee for attendees
(no fee for NWG members)
100 EUR
Application For this year's course: until June 30, 2006 
Dr. J. Michael Herrmann, Universität Göttingen Institut fuer Nichtlineare Dynamik Bunsenstr. 10, D-37073 Göttingen