In 2007, the CIN started with 25 principal investigators as cluster applicants, as stipulated in the DFG call for bids. When the CIN cluster was approved further scientists from a range of institutions were incorporated, to make up the 48 'founding members' of the CIN. Since the beginning of 2014 the CIN has consisted of over 80 scientists in total. The membership process involves an application to the steering committee in which the candidate outlines his or her scientific profile and submits a list of publications. The committee's decision is based purely on the scientific excellence of each candidate.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Bartels
Organization: Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
Phone number: +49 (0)7071 29 89168
Department: CIN Vision & Cognition
Position: Head of Research Group
Area: CIN Members
Scientific topic: Visual Neuroscience
Field of Research
Our lab studies higher level visual perception in the human brain. One fundamental question is the "binding problem": how do the segregated visual pathways combine information of colour, motion, and depth to provide a coherent visual percept? We use illusions, high-resolution imaging and binocular rivalry paradigms to gain insights into neural processes involved in conscious perception. Second, we try to understand where and how the brain encodes the 3D-spatial layout of our environment. This is tightly coupled to visual motion induced by ourselves or by objects around us. We thus study the coding of complex visual motion trajectories that inform us about our own heading, or - through perspective changes - about the space around us. Finally, we study the rich social and emotional information conveyed by motion in faces.
For more information, visit our research group page.
fMRI and EEG for localization and connectivity estimation in the human brain. Neuronavigated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to disturb perception, attentional processes and associated decision making. Virtual Reality, natural movies and binocular rivalry as stimuli. Classical statistics and pattern classification algorithms for de-coding information in brain areas.
brain imaging; cognitive neuroscience; computational neuroscience; emotions; neuro-psychology; pattern classification; spatial cognition / orientation; virtual reality; visual motion; visual perception; visual system
- Seymour K, Clifford CWG, Logothetis NK and Bartels A (2009). The Coding of Color, Motion, and Their Conjunction in the Human Visual Cortex. Current Biology. 19(3):177-83.
- Bartels A, Logothetis NK and Moutoussis K (2008) fMRI and its interpretations: an illustration on directional selectivity in area V5/MT. Trends in Neurosciences. 31(9):444-53.
- Bartels A, Zeki S and Logothetis NK (2008). Natural vision reveals regional specialization to local motion and to contrast-invariant, global flow in the human brain. Cerebral Cortex. 18(3):705-17.