Press Releases of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics


Rats have a double view of the world

Rats process visual information from their eyes similar to other mammals. Nevertheless, their eyes move in a very different way. Unlike humans, their eyes can move in opposite directions. Credit: MPI for Biological Cybernetics/ Kerr

Rodents move their eyes in opposite directions, thereby always keeping an eye on the airspace above them [more]


Computers accomplish a lot –the human brain remains unmatched

Girls'Day 2012 at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Picture: Martin Breidt, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen.

Max Planck Institutes oin Tübingen are participating in the Girls' Day[more]


Changing the responses of cortical neurons from sub- to supra threshold using single spikes in vivo

Picture: Jason Kerrr /Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Changing the order in which presynaptic and postsynaptic cells are repeatedly activated can change what a mammalian visual cortex neuron communicates to downstream neurons [more]


Who decides in the brain?

Large flocks of birds can rapidly change their direction without it being clear how such a decision develops, and whether some birds have a larger influence on it than others. Since the behavior of any one bird depends on that of its neighbors, answering this question is rather complicated. A similar problem is faced by neuroscientists who want to find out which neurons in a large network caused a particular decision. Photo: Christoffer A Rasmussen, CreativeCommons CC 1.0

Tübinger researchers have now shown how the weight of individual neurons in the decision-making process can be reconstructed. [more]


High-field Magnetic Resonance System used for patients for the fist time

Die Abbildung zeigt das Hochfeld-MRT-Gerät des MPI für biologische Kybernetik, das dort zur Forschung zur Verfügung steht und mit dem jetzt die ersten Patienten, die an Hirntumoren erkrankt sind, untersucht wurden. Die beteiligten Wissenschaftler sind (v.L.) Klaus Scheffler, Grzegorz Chadzynski und Rolf Pohmann vom MPI für biologische Kybernetik, so wie Sotirios Bisdas vom Universitätsklinikum. Bild: Stephanie Bertenbreiter / Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik Tübingen

In the Magnetic Resonance Center high-resolution images of the brain help to diagnose cancer[more]


Neural Interaction in Periods of Silence

Hippocampal oscillations: Neural Interaction in Periods of Silence such as deep sleep. Picture: Nikos Logothetis / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Tübinger neurophysiologists develop new method to study widespread networks of neurons responsible for our memory. [more]


Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging under the Magnifying Glass

The stimulus used to elicit positive and negative BOLD responses in the visual cortex. Picture: Jozien Goense / Max Planck Institut for Biological Cybernteics Tübingen.

Tübinger scientists reveal laminar differences in neurovascular coupling between positive and negative BOLD responses. [more]


Foggy perception slows us down

The visualization facility at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in which the research was conducted. The screen covers 230° horizontal and 125° vertical field of view, filling the entire human visual field to provide full immersion in the virtual environment. Picture: Jan Soumann / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen

Max Planck scientists show that, contrarily to what was previously believed, speed is overestimated in fog[more]


And what if we fly to work?

An envisioned Personal Aerial Vehicle. Picture: Gareth Padfield; Flight Stability and Control

Standortagentur präsentiert Region Neckar-Alb in Italien [more]


The Golden Neuron 2012

Moshe Abeles. Picture: private

First Valentino Braitenberg Award goes to the Israeli neuroscientist Moshe Abeles [more]

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