Talks and other interesting lab material

Surface-Based Decoding
Please contact us if you are interested in surface-based decoding.

If you are interested in our Mooney Two-Tone images (Imamoglu, Kahnt, Koch & Haynes, Neuroimage 2012) please contact Fatma Imamoglu (

An Interesting Technique
Here is a sample of parallel transmit technology (pTx). The excitation pulse can take an arbitrary shape, here John's picture is written into a phantom (courtesy of Siemens Healthcare. Acquired with Siemens TimTX TrueShape technology).

Our Lab in the Media

A Guardian article on "The brain scan that can read people's intentions" can be found here:

A few lectures on neuroimaging, brain reading and unconscious processing can be found here:

A report on BBC Horizon "The Secret You" can be found here:

YouTube Video

An interview on Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin can be found here:

A youtube video testing a brain game can be found here:

Mind Flex Test

Lie detection with brain scanners film
An anecdotal video of what might one day be achieved in lie-detection with brain scanners (made by former postdoc Mart Bles) can be downloaded here (15MB). Please note that the perfect accuracies shown are still science fiction, but the basic idea is quite accurate.

John's talk at Ars Electronica (2013)

YouTube Video

John's talk at the Daimler und Benz Stiftung (German)

YouTube Video

John's talk at Zürich Minds (2013)

YouTube Video

John's talk at TEDx Berlin (2014)

YouTube Video

John's desk as drawn for Spektrum Gehirn & Geist (12/2012, p. 46)

"Decisions don't come from nowhere but they emerge
from prior brain activity. Where else should they come from?
In theory it might be possible to trace the causal pathway of a decision
all the way back to the big bang. Our research shows that we can trace
it back 10 seconds. Compared to the time since the big bang this is not very long."

Other centers

Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging (BCAN)
Berlin Graduate School of Mind and Brain
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin (BCCN Berlin)
Bernstein National Network of Computational Neuroscience
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Exzellenzcluster NeuroCure
German Neuroinformatics Node (G-Node) Munich
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin