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February 2019

Original Publication
Artur
Pilacinski's manuscript on 'Distinct contributions of human posterior parietal and dorsal premotor cortex to reach trajectory planning' has been published in Scientific Reports - Congratulations, Art! [pub]. Artur shows that detailed trajectory plans are represented in the brain even before a movement is being performed. Posterior parietal cortex thereby seemingly encodes the most direct "way to the goal", whereas premotor cortex enables more complex reach trajectory plans. The latter type of reach planning is particularly relevant, for instance, when we need to avoid obstacles (compare our illustration) or whenever we want to communicate our 'inner visual world' through drawing, etc.

Felicia Membarth has been awarded a stipend of the IZKF-Promotionskolleg - congratulations, Felicia :-)

November 2018

Artur Pilacinski successfully defended his PhD thesis on ‚Enabling the future. Prospective action representations in the human parieto-frontal motor planning system‘. Congratulations Art!  (26.11.2018, 13:00)

FOCUS (#47, 2018), the German News Magazine, presents our research on choice overload in their title story on decision making.
[German news article]

Poster Presentation at the "2. Tag für Wirtschaftspsychologie: #digitalhuman – Potenziale, Risiken und Visionen", Hochschule für Technik, Stuttgart (9.11.2018)
Axel Lindner: Gehirngerechte Digitalisierung - Wie viel Information will unser Gehirn bewältigen ? [link to conference page]

October 2018

Check our Dispatch in Current Biology on 'Motor Control: Parietal Stimulation Prevents Voluntary Hand Movement'. [pub]

Presentation at the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus 'Primate Cognition', Göttingen (23.10.2018; 14.15)
Axel Lindner: A Disorder of Agency: The Causal Attribution of Sensory Events to One’s Actions and Its Impairment in Schizophrenia [link]

Melanie Höller-Wallscheid successfully defended her PhD thesis on ‚how the brains of young and old human adults cope with increased working memory demands‘. Congratulations Melly!  (15.10.2018, 11:00)

Artur's paper on prospective action planning has been published in PLoS ONE - congratulations!
Human posterior parietal and dorsal premotor cortex encode the visual properties of an upcoming action (by Artur Pilacinski, Melanie S. Höller-Wallscheid and Axel Lindner). [check it out]

Our paper on the neural basis of choice overload has been published in Nature Human Behaviour:
Choice overload reduces neural signatures of choice set value in dorsal striatum and anterior cingulate cortex (by Elena Reutskaja, Axel Lindner, Rosemarie Nagel, Richard A. Andersen and Colin F. Camerer).[check it out] [press release (German)] [video explanation (English)] [news article: inverse.com (English)] [news article: in Schwäbisches Tagblatt (German)] [news article: Süddeutsche Zeitung (German)] [radio: MDR WISSEN (German)] [tv: Landesschau BW (German)] [news article: Forbes.com (english)].

   

July 2018

Presentation at the 'Virtual Environments: Current TOpics in psychological Research (VECTOR) workshop 2018' at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen  (25.-27.7.2018)
Axel Lindner: Was it me? Paradigms for Studying Agency and its Disturbance in Neuropsychiatric Disease using Simple Virtual Reality Techniques [link]

June 2018

Presentation in the 'Colloquium Cognitive Systems' at Ulm University  (7.6.2018, 17:15)
Axel Lindner: The planning and attribution of action: From the agony of choice to disorders of agency in Schizophrenia [link]

Presentation at the Sixth International Conference of the Journal of International Accounting Research (JIAR) in Venice, Italy (28.-30.6.2018)
Ann Tank, Axel Lindner, Burkhard Pedell: The effect of data density in KPI-based decision making: Evidence from an fMRI-experiment. [link to conference page]

October 2017

Barbara Wirxel successfully defended her PhD thesis on ‚Human Time Perception - Predictable visual stimuli are perceived earlier than unpredictable events ‘. Congratulations Barbara!  (30.10.2017, 15:00)


Keynote Lecture at 6. Businesswochen in Böblingen (27.10.2017, 19:30)
Ann Tank & Axel Lindner: Fit für die kognitive Belastung in der digitalen Welt? Wie unser Gehirn mit zunehmender Informationsflut umgeht [link]

September 2017

Symposium Presentation at the the 20. European Society for Cognitive Psychology Meeting in Potsdam (3.-6.9.2017)
Manuel Roth, et al.: Disorders of Agency in Schizophrenia (Monday 4.9.2017: 3.20pm) [link to conference page]
Symposium on "Exploring the Sense of Agency from Sensorimotor Processes to Joint Action: A Hierarchical Perspective"
Organized by Nura Sidarus & Frederike Beyer

Poster Presentation at the Bernstein Conference in Göttingen (13.-15.9.2017)
Artur Pilacinski & Axel Lindner: Distinct representations of planned reach trajectories in human premotor and posterior parietal cortex (Thursday 14.9.2017: 12.15-3.30pm) [link to conference page]

TISS 2017 - Tübingen International Summer School  (24.-27.9.2017)
Neural Prosthetics: From Restoration to Enhancement of Biological Systems? Perspectives from Science, Ethics and Philosophy [link to summerschool page]

April 2017

Symposium Presentation at the Experimental Psychology Society Meeting in Belfast (10.-12.4.2017)
Axel Lindner: The causal attribution of sensory events to one’s own actions and its impairment in Schizophrenia (Monday 10.4.2017: 4pm) [PDF of conference program]
Symposium on "Time & Causality"
Organized by Marc Buehner

Februar 2017

"Expertenvortrag" - FC think! tank der Daimler AG (16.2.2017)
Ann Tank und Axel Lindner

January 2017

Invited talk at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Würzburg (23.1.2017)
Axel Lindner: The causal attribution of sensory events to one's own actions and its impairment in Schizophrenia (6pm) [link]

Our Reserach on Cognitive Aging has been published - congratulations, Melly!
Bilateral recruitment of prefrontal cortex in working memory is associated with task demand but not with age
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 114, 5: E830-E839.
[pub]

One principle of human cerebral cortex is its lateralized functional architecture supporting processes such as language, precise motor control of the hands, and working memory. It has been shown that in elderly subjects such lateralized activations of dorsolateral and anterior prefrontal cortex vanish in working memory tasks, which is due to the corecruitment of corresponding regions in the other cerebral hemisphere. We show that such corecruitment of cross-hemispheric counterparts in prefrontal cortex is associated with subjectively demanding working memory tasks but not with age. This result suggests that prefrontal areas support us to maintain performance in challenging circumstances by additionally recruiting their non-specialized counterpart in the contralateral hemisphere. [press release]