In the media

Bernstein Newsletter 2018/1

Enhancing brain plasticity through strong magnetic waves

At early stages of cortical processing, specific stimulus characteristics are topographically arranged within so-called feature maps. Yet, these maps are not fixed, but alterable.

Let thoughts shine

Voltage-sensitive dyes let thoughts light researcher examines movement in brain.

How does the brain perceive movements? This question is being studied by PD Dr. Dirk Jancke at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum with a special optical process.

Neuroscience: Darks are conveyed faster than lights

Luminance change creates “motion” through activity waves in the brain RUB scientists publish in The Journal of Neuroscience

RUB scientists have investigated how we perceive movement. They show that contrasts between object and background lead to activity waves in the brain that aid perception.

Visualising plastic changes to the brain

Effects of novel treatment method demonstrated RUB researchers report their findings in PNAS

Tinnitus, migraine, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's: all these are examples of diseases with neurological causes, the treatment and study of which is more and more frequently being carried out by means of magnetic stimulation of the brain.

The brain’s data compression mechanisms

Neurons subtract images and use the differences
Primary cortex generates efficiently compressed sensory information

Efficient reduction of data volumes
Researchers have hitherto assumed that information supplied by the sense of sight was transmitted almost in its entirety from its entry point to higher brain areas, across which visual sensation is generated.

Hirnaktivität gezielt steuern

RUB-Forscher stimulieren und hemmen Serotoninausschüttung durch Licht
Neuer DFG-Schwerpunkt wird mit 8 Millionen Euro gefördert

Mit Licht in die Aktivitäten des Gehirns eingreifen und gezielt die Ausschüttung von Serotonin beeinflussen, das ist das Ziel von zwei Arbeitsgruppen der Ruhr-Universität Bochum und Kollegen von der Universität Osnabrück.

PD Dr. Dirk Jancke

Institut für Neuroinformatik NB2/27
Ruhr University Bochum
44780 Bochum
Germany

Phone Lab:+49 (0)234 32 28967
Phone Office: +49 (0)234-32-27845
E-Mail: dirk.jancke@rub.de