Behavioral Neurology

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Heinze


Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Heinze
Department Behavioral Neurology
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology
Brenneckestraße 6
39118 Magdeburg

The department of behavioral neurology was founded according to the common goal of neuroscientists to understand the human ability to control thoughts, emotions and actions. This is of paramount importance when it comes to disturbances of behavior for which a curative treatment does yet not exist.  

The department investigates the neural mechanisms underlying disturbances of learning with a strong focus on perception, weighting, and their influence on actions. It Animal models have provided some evidence for the organization of these processes at neural level and for the involved neurotransmitters.

Our goal is to investigate these interactions in the human brain in healthy individuals as well as in patients with lesions experiencing disturbances of learning. We aim at identifying the underlying neural mechanisms as well as the relevant functional networks. For this purpose we combine non-invasive neuroimaging methods (functional MRI (7 and 3 Tesla) and electrophysiological measures (EEG, MEG)) with invasive recordings of neural activity during neurosurgery.

A special surgery team for stereotactic surgery and deep brain stimulation has been put together in order to provide invasive diagnostics and treatments abilities at the University Hospital in Magdeburg. Clinicians and neuroscientists work under the lead of Prof. Dr. J. Voges, the director of the clinic for stereotactic neurosurgery. A strong cooperation has been established with Prof. Sturm, former head of the department of stereotactic neurosurgery at the University of Cologne and Leibniz chair at the LIN.