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Here is on overview over recent scientific findings of the Bernstein Network.

Beating a flight path to food

The waggle dance of the honeybee is a classical paradigm in behavioral biology. LMU neurobiologists have now investigated how the neuronal circuits process and encode the information communicated during the dance.

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Puberty not only a matter of hormones

When rats are touched at their genitals, their brain changes and puberty accelerates. Bernstein researchers at the Bernstein Center Berlin report that the representation of the genitals in the cortex doubles in size.

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When in Striatum, Avoid Thy Neighbour

Computational models predict the spatial connection profile among nerve cells necessary to model striatal neuronal activity observed in behaving animals.

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What makes a movement feel strenuous?


Energetic expenditure not the only factor when judging physical effort of movements

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Harmony in numbers

Frankfurt researchers find a simple explanation for the typical patterns of nerve cells inside neural maps.

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Glowing Thoughts

Dirk Jancke (BGCN and RUB Bochum) studies motion perception in the brain (March 2017).

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Why are we ticklish?

A new study from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has found how “ticklishness” is represented in the rat brain (November 2016).

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Brain research with cinema: how does the brain work in everyday situations? Open minds with open science

Michael Hanke (Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, D-USA Collaboration) and Jörg Stadler (Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg, LIN) have committed themselves to the idea of "Open Science". Their unique brain data set for everyday cognition, the "studyforrest project", stimulates international brain research (November 2016).

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From vision to hand action

Göttingen neuroscientists decipher how our brain controls grasping movements (August 2016)

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How our brain puts the world in order

Bochum researches investigate what happens when we put the world around us in order. They found out which areas of the brain help us to think inside the box (July 2016).

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