News of SFB

2021

22.11.2021 Where touch is as good as sight

Visual and tactile sensory systems use the same features to recognise a novel object.

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15.10.2021 Why do we remember stressful experiences better?

Bochum research team: Stress alters memory traces in the brain.

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30.09.2021 Technical “brain hacks”, pain mechanisms and tumour therapies

BRAIN DAY 2021 offered exciting insights into the work of SFB 874.

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26.08.2021 Nobody can do nothing, nobody can do everything!

Writing competition 2021 for pupils of the 6th, 7th and 8th grades of all schools in Bochum.

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25.08.2021 How scents take on meaning

A Bochum-based research team triggered artificial odour sensations in rats – and looked at what happens in the brain as a result.

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18.08.2021 When the head gets out of balance

Scientists search for possible causes of posttraumatic headache.

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18.08.2021 When odours inspire memory

In stressful learning situations, odours can strengthen the focus on central contents.

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11.08.2021 BRAIN DAY 2021 on 29. September as online event

A day dedicated to the neurosciences in Bochum with lectures, information and hands-on activities. The BRAIN DAY is taking off for a new run on 29 September 2021!

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23.07.2021 Reverse optogenetic tool developed

A newly characterized light-controllable protein can be switched off, not switched on, by light. It could be suitable for investigating the basic principles of epilepsy.

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20.05.2021 Thoughts bring prostheses to life

The more natural the position of an arm prosthesis, the more precise the control – this is the result of a Bochum study on brain-computer interfaces.

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23.04.2021 From individual receptors towards whole-brain function

Researchers regard the overall distribution of receptors in the brain – the receptome – as a new approach for computer models and for diagnostics and therapy of mental disorders.

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31.03.2021 SFB 874 / IGSN Conference

Welcome to Our international Conference on April 27th and 28th 2021. Online registration is now open.

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2020

20.12.2020 How one pain suppresses the other

The body knows various mechanisms that dampen painful sensations. They can be examined with new methods.

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10.12.2020 Children’s pictures on advertisement pillars in Bochum

From December 18 to December 31, 2020, the results of the IGSN / SFB 874 painting competition will be exhibited in the city centre of Bochum.

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09.12.2020 Visual short-term memory is more complex than previously assumed

Scientists study short-term memory - using the example of a banana.

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18.09.2020 How researchers look at the bird brain in action

A research team examined pigeon brains using fMRI while the birds were actively involved in a discrimination task.

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31.08.2020 People with increased risk of Alzheimer’s have deficits in navigating

To unmask their impairments, researchers had to come up with a unique experimental design.

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27.08.2020 Painting competition for pupils from Bochum

The IGSN and the SFB 874 have announced a joint painting competition on the subject of learning.

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22.07.2020 Scientists observe learning processes online in the brain

Tactile stimulation repeatedly administered changes neuronal processing in the hand area of the brain.

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12.05.2020 Why visual perception is a decision process

Visual illusion uncovers processing strategies of the brain.

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23.04.2020 How hearing loss in old age affects the brain

The brain doesn’t cope well with age-related deafness and memory suffers.

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15.04.2020 How expectations influence learning

Researchers from Bochum have identified two brain regions that are important for decision making during learning.

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07.04.2020 How serotonin balances communication within the brain

The neurotransmitter fine-tunes weights of sensory stimulation and internal ongoing processes.

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07.02.2020 How memory sharpens perception

Computer model provides new insight into the function of this brain region.

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2019

12.12.2019 How playing the drums changes the brain

Many years of playing the instrument leave clear traces.

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27.11.2019 Feeling the way towards an understanding of the perception of touch in the brain

Larger parts of the cerebral cortex than thought process tactile stimuli.

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15.08.2019 Manufacture of light-activated proteins

So far, development has been mainly based on a trial-and-error approach.

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15.08.2019 Do humans and rats react similarly to unexpected situations?

Neuroscientists compare event-related potentials in humans and rats.

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15.08.2019 Researchers are looking for the origin of schizophrenia in the brain

Alterations are apparent directly after the first psychotic episode.

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18.07.2019 How the brain remembers where you’re heading to

Researchers have made new discoveries about how certain brainwaves aid navigation.

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03.07.2019 Researchers of the SFB 874 meet for the annual retreat

Researchers of the SFB 874 meet for the annual retreat.

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07.06.2019 Role of Tamalin in synaptic plasticity described

The protein is involved in the development of long-term synaptic depression.

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25.04.2019 How the olfactory brain affects memory

Nothing immediately evokes memories like odours. Two neuroscientists have examined why olfaction plays a special role in memory.

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11.04.2019 Career platform for female neuroscientists launched at the RUB

Network will tackle barriers faced by women in science

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04.04.2019 Bevacizumab for brain tumours can lead to cognitive deficits

The drug may affect the function of the hippocampus.

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20.03.2019 Feelings in the Nose

Smells are easier to combine with emotions than sounds.

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26.02.2019 Handbook of in Vivo Neural Plasticity Techniques

Prof. Dr Denise Manahan-Vaughan is editor of the latest volume in the "Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience" series.

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18.02.2019 Controlling and visualising receptor signals in neural cells

This new tool is a true two-in-one solution. In future, it might help to study a number of diseases.

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16.01.2019 Neurofeedback controls learning success

Self-regulation of brain rhythms frees resources facilitating learning.

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2018

10.12.2018 How visual stimulation trains the brain

Does passive stimulation change brains just as well as active training?

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09.11.2018 The reasons for hemispheric dominance in the brain

The mechanisms are much more complex than hitherto assumed.

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11.10.2018 How the brain learns during sleep

Sleep helps to consolidate memories. Researchers have investigated how exactly this works.

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14.09.2018 This is how the brain forgets on purpose

Two brain regions apparently play a pivotal role in forgetting

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02.08.2018 Between Computational Models and Salsa-Dancing

Exchange students explore the Ruhr-University.

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12.06.2018 Virtual brain gives insights into memory deficits in depression

The consequences of long-lasting depressive episodes could be more far reaching than previously thought.

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05.06.2018 What effect does transcranial magnetic stimulation have on the brain?

The procedure facilitates reorganisation of connections between neurones which could be useful for therapies.

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18.05.2018 The SFB 874 has been awarded funding for a third research period by the DFG

The SFB 874 examines how cognition and complex memories arise through sensory information

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03.05.2018 How come whiskers are so sensitive?

The decisive factors are not the whiskers themselves but something else.

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26.04.2018 How chronic psychosis develops

A glutamate receptor may play an important role.

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19.04.2018 How spatial learning works

RUB-scientists examine the role of the hippocampus in orientation.

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09.03.2018 When Zebra finches hear love songs

What happens in the brain of zebra finches when they choose their mating partner.

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01.03.2018 Good performance despite stress

Scientist from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum investigated how the brain manages categorization tasks under pressure.

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21.02.2018 Memories are like snapshots in the brain

New computer model unites two rivaling theories.

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2017

21.12.2017 How odours are turned into long-term memories

The scent of grandma's Christmas biscuits or the cologne of your first love – some odours are like keys to a door into the past.

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09.12.2017 Graduation Day 2017

On its Graduation Day the International Graduate School of Neuroscience celebrated its graduates.

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30.11.2017 The Enigma of Human Behaviour

A team of neuroscientists is thinking beyond the box of everyday research routine and argues for more interdisciplinary cooperation.

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05.11.2017 Pigeons better at multitasking than humans

Unlike hitherto assumed, cognitive ability does not necessary require a complex mammalian cerebral cortex. A small bird brain is fully sufficient.

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04.10.2017 Gamers have an advantage in learning

Videogames are better than their reputation.

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18.09.2017 Standard methods may lead to distorted results

Brain neurons are sensitive. They only respond normally to natural signals. Therefore it might be time for neuroscientists to reconsider their knowledge.

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24.08.2017 How the emotions of others influence our olfactory sense

Whether something smells good or bad, does not solely depend on one´s own nose.

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28.07.2017 A breath of fresh air from Philadelphia

Neuroscientific research internship at the RUB.

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08.06.2017 Spatial maps

For rodents, seeing is believing.

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11.05.2017 Ontogenesis of Lateralization

In a review , published in the journal Neuron, researchers from the RUB described why the brain's split design is useful.

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25.04.2017 SFB 874/IGSN Conference 2017

On 25th/26th of April the annual conference organised by SFB 874 and IGSN took place.

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12.04.2017 As Clever as a Monkey

What Does the Neuron Number Tell Us About Cognitive Abilities?

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07.04.2017 New asset for the Collaborative Research Centre 874

PD Dr. Burkhard Pleger studies tactile learning.

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30.03.2017 How Stress Influences Our Visual Perception

An eye tracking study on visual perception in stressful situations.

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08.03.2017 Glowing thoughts

RUB-scientist studies motion perception in the brain.

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05.01.2017 Our senses can’t learn under stress

Stress is part of our everyday lives – while some thrive on it, it makes others sick. But what does stress do to our senses?

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2016

22.12.2016 Electro stimulation improves sight

Researchers show how electro stimulation can improve the sense of sight.

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21.11.2016 Picture book and short film help children understand

What is happening in the brain, when it's not working right? Pip and Milli explain it to children.

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29.09.2016 How our brain’s resting state changes

Scientists in Bochum have investigated changes in the brain's resting state – with the help of Morse code.

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20.09.2016 Serotonin receptor plays important role in learning

Chemical messenger 5-HT4 is a marker for neurological diseases

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13.09.2016 How our brain slows down the effects of aging

The older we get, the more difficult it becomes to put the world around us in order. Yet, our brain develops remarkable strategies to slow down the effects of aging.

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08.08.2016 Olfactory receptors discovered in bronchi

The muscle cells of bronchi detect scents, for example a specific banana and apricot scent. This might be good news for asthma sufferers.

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25.07.2016 DAAD RISE programme brings young scientists to Bochum

RUB PhD students host American undergraduates.

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20.07.2016 Thinking inside the box – How our brain puts the world in order

Neuroscientists find sorting centre in the brain.

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16.06.2016 How older people learn

Learning at an advanced age makes the brain fit. Older people even learn more than younger ones. Still, age-related brain changes cannot be undone.

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02.06.2016 Olivia Masseck accepts Junior Professorship for Advanced Fluorescence Microscopy

New research group investigates anxiety and depression.

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12.05.2016 Study investigates electrostimulation of the brain

Possible therapy approach for pain patients.

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28.04.2016 We learn differently, when it smells

RUB-researchers investigate memory.

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12.04.2016 Sensory Processes: From Molecules To Cognition

On April 12th and 13th the annual IGSN/SFB 874 conference took place. Guests from eight neuroscientific SFB's from Germany were welcomed in Bochum.

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08.04.2016 Switching specific G-protein-coupled signalling pathways on and off

Blue on, yellow off: using different-coloured light, researchers are able to switch signalling pathways in the brain on and off.

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06.04.2016 Please touch! The power of the tactile sense

TV documentary "Quarks & Co" reports on RUB research.

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15.03.2016 Neuroscientists follow the trace of memory

Molecular imaging shows how we remember.

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04.03.2016 The visual system of the pigeon

Biopsychologist publish report in "Behavioural Brain Research" on how pigeons process visual information.

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03.03.2016

At first glance, the brains of birds and mammals show many significant differences. In spite of that, the cognitive skills of some groups of birds match those of apes.

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23.02.2016 Serotonin-receptor drives learning in the hippocampus

Neuroscientists explore memory at cellular level.

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11.02.2016 Luminance change creates “motion” through activity waves in the brain

RUB scientists publish in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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02.02.2016 Protein supports synaptic plasticity

Study investigates chemical basis for learning

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26.01.2016 Researchers investigate effects of stress on the brain

Stress inhibits spatial perception.

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19.01.2016 Neural network is responsible for retrieval of fear-memory

Insight for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorders.

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2015

10.12.2015 Neurotransmitter GABA predicts learning

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy shows levels of chemical messenger in the brain

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07.12.2015 International Graduate School of Neuroscience honors its graduates

First medical student completes MD-programme and Prizes for winners of school competition were given.

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17.11.2015 High frequency stimulation in pain medicine

Stimulation of fingertips improves sense of touch.

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17.11.2015 RUB scientists investigate anatomy of the pigeon brain

New insights into connections between brain hemispheres.

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02.11.2015 Whisker system of rodents in focus

Professor Patrik Krieger publishes book on sensorimotor integration.

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14.10.2015 Much ado about a dress – optical illusion is responsible

Bochum study provides explanation

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29.09.2015 Morse code is key to learning mechanisms in the brain

Researchers at Bergmannsheil University Hospital find "adaptive neuroplasticity".

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16.09.2015 New asset for neuroscience research group

Grant approved for additional project in Collaborative Research Centre 874.

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10.09.2015 New findings on the lifelong learning brain

Neuroscientists investigate plasticity in the hippocampus.

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28.08.2015 Zen meditation improves sense of touch

Scientists show: mental states induce neuroplasticity and learning.

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28.07.2015 New findings in a long-standing debate

Researchers study the function of the hippocampus at a cellular level

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21.07.2015 Neuroscientists analyse the principles of self-organisation of nerve cells

Slow Feature Analysis explains many experimental results

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09.07.2015 Search for fundamental working principles of the brain

Researchers simulate navigational scenarios.

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25.06.2015 Scientists in “Retreat”

Collaborative Research Centre 874 looks back on current projects and plans new research.

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17.06.2015 RUB-Scientists develop ataxia mouse model

Investigating the origins of spinocerebellar ataxia 6.

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19.05.2015 Searching for the place of memory storage

RUB neuroscientists present new model for memory formation in the hippocampus

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28.04.2015 7th International IGSN / SFB 874 Conference:

Cortical and subcortical representation of sensory and cognitive memory

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30.03.2015 Building block for memory and learning identified

A specific neurotransmitter receptor supports optimal information processing in the brain.

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

01.01.2010 SFB News – 2010

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