Overview - Research

Research in our Institute falls in the area of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience and focuses on studying the dynamics of brain activity in health and disease and along the life span. 

Our interdisciplinary team uses state-of-the-art techniques from translational cognitive neuroimaging such as MEG, EEG, TES, TMS, MRI.

The Institute currently hosts three research groups led by Prof. Joachim Groß, Prof. Markus Junghöfer and Prof. Carsten Wolters.


Together, we aim to identify neural mechanism that support brain functions in cognitive domains such as attention, emotion, auditory, visual, somato-sensory and motor processing. At the same time we investigate changes of these mechanisms under pathological conditions including tinnitus, depression, epilepsy and anxiety disorders.

Our interdisciplinary research across all research groups unfolds along three main dimensions (Figure). First, we use Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and Electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity non-invasively at very high temporal resolution in the order of milliseconds. Second, we perform Neurostimulation to modulate brain activity and associated behaviour. Third, we develop computational methods to further improve our decoding (dimension 1) and modulation (dimension 2) of brain activity.

Within each research group these research dimensions are applied to different topics in the area of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience.

Workgroup Prof. Joachim Gross

Our research group investigates the functional role of brain rhythms under physiological and pathological conditions.



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Workgroup Prof. Markus Junghöfer

The research group "Neural Mechanisms of Emotion and Attention" lead by Prof. Markus Junghöfer investigates the mechanism of emotional perception, of emotional learning and of attention control on humans.


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Workgroup Prof. Carsten Wolters

The main research areas of the SIM-NEURO (Stimulation, Imaging and Modeling of NEUROnal networks in the human brain) research group at the IBB are the development of new methods and applications for multimodal brain imaging and brain stimulation to reconstruct and manipulate neuronal networks in the brain.

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