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. Christoph Braun
Field of Research
The focus of my research is on perception in humans using psychophysics and neuroimaging approaches. In particular, current topics are cross-modal interaction, sensory memory, decision-making and the basis of conscious perception. General principles of sensory processing are studied in an exemplary way in the somatosensory modality. Patterns of spatio-temporal brain activation and intra-cortical connectivity are derived from experiments applying magnetoencephalography and magnetic resonance imaging. A further line of research that is realized in close collaboration with several departments of the University of Tübingen (Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Neuropediatrics) is related to cortical re-organisation in patients with brain damage. International cooperation exist with the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento/Italy and with the BioMag Laboratory of the University of Helsinki, Finland.
cross-modal interaction; sensory processing; sensory memory; sensory decision making; motor control; intra-cortical connectivity; psychophysics; neuroimaging; magnetoencephalography; magnetic resonance imaging; cortical re-organisation; brain damage.
Papadelis C, Leonardelli E, Staudt M, Braun C, (2012) Can magnetoencephalography track the afferent information flow along white matter thalamo-cortical fibers? Neuroimage, epub ahead
Braun C, Eisele E, Wühle A, Stüttgen MC, Schwarz C, Demarchi G (2011) Mislocalization of near-threshold tactile stimuli in humans: a central or peripheral phenomenon? European Journal of Neuroscience, 33: 499-508.
Neumann N, Dubischar-Krivec AM, Poustka F, Birbaumer N, Bölte S, Braun C (2011) Electromagnetic evidence of altered visual processing in autism. Neuropsychologia, 49(11): 3011-3017. Neuropsychologia, 49(11): 3011-3017.
Várkuti B, Cavusoglu M, Kullik A, Schifflers B, Veit R, Yilmaz Ö, Rosenstiel W, Braun C, Uludag K, Birbaumer N, Sitaram R (2011) Quantifying the link between anatomical connectivity, gray matter volume and regional cerebral blood flow – an integrative MRI study. PlosOne, 6(4): e14801.
Braun C, Papdelis C (2010) Application of magnetoencephalography in neurosurgery. Awake surgery and cognitive mapping. Topics in Medicine, 15: 39-52.
Brötz D, Braun C, Weber C, Soekadar SR, Caria A, Birbaumer N (2010) Combinaton of brain computer-interface training and goal-directed physical therapy in chronic stroke: a case report. Neurorehabilitation and Neural repair, 24(7): 674-679.
Erla S, Papadelis C, Faes L, Braun C, Nollo G. (2010) Studying brain visuo-tactile integration through cross-spectral analysis of human MEG recordings, In Proc. 12th Mediterranean Conf. Med. Biol. Eng. Comput., Chalkidiki, Greece, May 27-30, 2010.
Faes L, Nollo G, Erla S, Papadelis C, Braun C, Porta A (2010) Detecting nonlinear causal interactions between dynamical systems by non-uniform embedding of multiple time series. Conf. Proc. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc., 1:102-5.
Godde B, Diamond ME, Braun C (2010) Feeling for space or for time: Task-dependent modulation of the cortical representation of identical vibrotactile stimuli. Neuroscience Letters, 480: 143-147.
Karim A, Braun C, Birbaumer N. (2010) The truth about lying: inhibition of the anterior prefrontal cortex improves deceptive behavior. Cerebral Cortex, 20(1): 205-213.
Li Hegner Y, Lee Y, Grodd W, Braun C (2010) Comparing tactile pattern and vibrotactile frequency discrimination: a human fMRI study. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103(6): 3115-3122.
Neumann N, Dubischar- Krivec A, Braun C, Löw A, Poustka F, Bölte S, Niels Birbaumer N (2010) The Mind of the Mnemonists: an MEG and Neuropsychological Study of Autistic Memory Savants. Behavioural Brain Research, 215(1):114-121.
Stingl K, Rogic M, Stingl K, Canova C, Tschritter O, Braun C, Fritsche A, Preissl H (2010) The temporal sequence of magnetic brain activity for food categorization and memorization - an exploratory study. Neuroimage, 52(4):1584-1591.
Wühle A, Mertiens L, Rüter J, Ostwald D, Braun C (2010) Cortical processing of near-threshold tactile stimuli: an MEG study. Psychophysiology, 47(3):523-534.