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Head:Dr Max-Philipp Stenner
Department Behavioral Neurology
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology
Throughout life, humans acquire precise, complex and flexible motor skills, e.g., when learning to use novel tools. We adjust these skills as the environment or our body changes, for example, when control over movements becomes restricted by paresis.
Our group studies how motor control and perception interact for motor learning, and how our subjective experience of control emerges from this interaction.
To this end, we combine novel, carefully controlled behavioural paradigms with non-invasive and invasive human electrophysiology. This includes magnetoencephalography and electroencephalography in healthy individuals in addition to intracranial and spinal recordings in patients with neurological disorders. We also study how aspects of motor learning and a subjective experience of control are altered in neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including hereditary ataxia, Tourette's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD. For these patient studies we collaborate with the Departments of Neurology, Stereotactic Neurosurgery and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Based on a thorough understanding of the underlying physiology, one long-term goal of our group is to develop targeted methods, e.g., non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, which improve motor learning and, thereby, could enhance clinical neurorehabilitation. We welcome applications from students interested in a Masters's or doctoral thesis, in particular from psychology, neuroscience, engineering, medicine and computer science.
National and international collaborations
We currently (spring 2017) offer a position for a PhD project on the role of neural oscillations in human motor learning.