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Sequence learning

Bernstein Focus: Neuronal basis of learning (BFNL)

"Varying tunes: Neuronal mechanisms of motor sequence learning"

The aim of this collaborative project is to examine whether a specialized projection system within the forebrain produces controlled variabilities in learned action sequences in order to quickly identify optimal movement parameters. Induced behavioural variability is possibly a means to explore the motor space of the output, since successful variations could subsequently be stabilized by feedback from the dopaminergic system. We plan to use different model systems from birds to humans to computers to test this general principle of vertebrate brain function. If we indeed discover such a system to be generally present and subserving  this function, our results could importantly extent our understanding on learning processes in the brain.


The BFNL 'Sequence learning' is a cooperation of scientists at the following research institutions:

  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Universität Oldenburg
  • Universität Bremen
  • Freie Universität Berlin