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Dr Max-Philipp Stenner


Dr Max-Philipp Stenner

Department Behavioral Neurology
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology
Brenneckestraße 6
39118 Magdeburg
Phone: +49-391-6263-92521

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.


  • Marius Keute (Guest)
  • Jana Schmidt, cand. med.
  • Yuri Savvateew (Guest)
  • Ms Katarina Schmidt, PhD student



National and international collaborations

  • Prof Patrick Haggard & Prof Raymond J Dolan, University College London, UK
  • Dr Lars Büntjen (Dept of Stereotactic Neurosurgery), PD Dr Kerstin Krauel (Dept of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), Dr Tino Zaehle & Dr Dorothea Henkel (Dept of Neurology), Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany
  • Prof Ariel Schoenfeld, Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg, Germany
  • Dr Elena Azanon, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
  • Dr Markus Bauer, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Prof Kirsten Müller-Vahl, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany


  • Project A03 ""Internal Models of Stimulus-Response and Action-Outcome Associations in ADHD", Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 779 on "Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior", 2016-2019 (together with PD Dr Kerstin Krauel)
  • Leibniz Special Project on "Regulating Decision Thresholds via the Subthalamic Nucleus: A Translational Study", 2016-2019 (together with Dr Kentaroh Takagaki)
  • DFG Research scholarship on "Neural Coding of Causality in Instrumental Behaviour", 2012-2014, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, UK
  • Freigeist Fellowship by the Volkswagen Foundation for a project on "Sensorimotor Rhythms for Internal Forward Modelling in the Human Brain", 2018-2023 (http://portal.volkswagenstiftung.de/search/projectDetails.do?ref=92977)

Current Vacancies

We currently (spring 2017) offer a position for a PhD project on the role of neural oscillations in human motor learning.

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