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

Identifying brain regions automatically

Freiburg biologists develop a new method for analyzing brain images and demonstrate it with a study on fruit flies (July 2016).

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Dancing Neurons

Freiburg researchers reveal, how synaptic connections in the brain force nerve cells to coordinate their work (July 2016)

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Darks are conveyed faster than lights

Bochum scientists show that contrasts between object and background lead to activity waves in the brain that support movement perception (February 2016).

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Vertebrate cerebral architecture is bisexual

Berlin researchers show that cerebral images of the genitals are projected on the same anatomical map (January 2016).

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Reading the neural code for space

Munich scientists have put forward a mathematical theory that explains key features of grid cells, which are involved in spatial navigation (December 2015).

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Fine tuning in the brain

From a hodgepodge to well tuned networks—Freiburg researchers develop a computer model to explain how nerve cell connections form in the visual cortex (June 2015).

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How experience may lead to misperception

Distance, volume or duration—when judging magnitudes, we make systematic errors. Munich researchers now combine two competing classical theories of magnitude estimates (April 2015).

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Why some neurons “outsource” their cell body

In insects, the cell body of neurons is usually located at the end of a separate extension. Berlin researchers show that this increases the strength of electrical signal transmission at no additional energetic cost (April 2015).

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Neurons with a Sixth Sense

When rats are touched at their facial whiskers, nerve cells in the brain become active even before the contact is made, Berlin researchers report (March 2015).

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One brain area, two planning strategies

Göttingen researchers unravel how the brain plans arm movements. In the parietal cortex, two neuronal groups pursue different planning strategies (March 2015).

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