Dr. Axel Lindner
Field of Research
Our interdisciplinary research ranges from studies of perceptual decisions about the causation of sensory events (i.e. authorship attribution), over investigations of choice behaviour (decision making and choice overload), to response selection and action planning. Specifically, we are investigating how - in the light of various alternative options - an optimal goal-directed motor behaviour is selected and generated by our nervous system. Moreover we focus on the optimal perceptual interpretation of such behaviour. Finally - apart from its contribution to the understanding of healthy behaviour and brain function - our research also tries to gain better knowledge about related clinical symptoms in various patient groups such as delusions of influence in Schizophrenia patients or disorders of action perception (vs. action planning) in patients with cerebellar and parietal lesions. To this end we perform psychophysical experiments (including the measurement of eye-, hand- and arm- movements) and functional imaging studies (using [combined] fMRI, MEG and EEG). Moreover, we are developing advanced analytical tools for the detection of distributed information in both single cell recordings and functional imaging data (also see NoD Lab tools), in order to get a more comprehensive understanding of how both human and monkey cortical and sub-cortical functional networks subserve action planning and action perception. Empirical investigations are thereby not only grounded in systems neuroscience: importantly, our research is also inspired and validated by philosophical analysis, computational modelling and economic (decision) theory.