Neurophysics Group

The Neurophysics Group was established in 1991 at the Department of Neurology, Campus Benjamin Franklin. The main agenda of our group is to combine neuroscientific questions and physics principles to gain deeper insight into neuronal processing.

Main topics concern motor physiology and the somatosensory system, in particular. Group members discovered and studied in detail ultra-high frequency oscillations in the somatosensory system (400–1200 Hz) which provide a unique possibility to directly relate macroscopic non-invasive EEG recordings to single-unit spiking activity. To deepen the understanding of somatosensory processing, the group recently combined this experimental work with modeling of neuronal networks.

A complementary research agenda is advanced signal processing of ongoing and evoked neuronal activity where group members made theoretical and experimental contributions, e.g., to the generation of evoked responses.

The Neurophysics Group has a long-standing interest in Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) and has developed new behavioral as well as computational methods.

Further research focuses on the development of hardware for EEG research, such as novel types of miniaturized electrodes and low-noise EEG amplifiers. Being integrated into the Department of Neurology, the Neurophysics Group also conducts electrophysiological studies of patients with stroke, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease.


Selected Publications

Fedele T, Scheer HJ, Waterstraat G, Telenczuk B, Burghoff M, Curio G.
Towards non-invasive multi-unit spike recordings: Mapping 1kHz EEG signals over human somatosensory cortex..
Clinical Neurophysiology 2012; 123:2370-76.
Nikulin VV, Nolte G, Curio G.
Cross-frequency decomposition: A novel technique for studying interactions between neuronal oscillations with different frequencies. .
Clinical Neurophysiology 2012; 123:1353-60.
Waterstraat G, Telenczuk B, Burghoff M, Fedele T, Scheer HJ, Curio G.
Are high-frequency (600 Hz) oscillations in human somatosensory evoked potentials due to phase-resetting phenomena?.
Clinical Neurophysiology 2012; 123:2064-73.
Telenczuk B, Nikulin VV, Curio G.
Role of neuronal synchrony in the generation of evoked EEG/MEG responses..
Journal of Neurophysiology 2010; 104:3557-67.
Nikulin VV, Hohlefeld FU, Jacobs AM, Curio G.
Quasi-movements: A novel motor cognitive phenomenon..
Neuropsychologia 2008; 46:727-42.
Blankertz B, Dornhege G, Krauledat M, Müller KR, Curio G.
The non-invasive Berlin Brain-Computer Interface: Fast acquisition of effective performance in untrained subjects. .
NeuroImage 2007; 37:539-50.
Klostermann F, Nikulin VV, Kühn AA, Marzinzik F, Wahl M, Pogosyan A, Kupsch A, Schneider G-H, Brown P, Curio G.
Task-related differential dynamics of EEG alpha- and beta-band synchronization in cortico-basal motor structures..
European Journal of Neuroscience 2007; 25:1604-15.
Nikulin VV, Linkenkaer-Hansen K, Nolte G, Lemm S, Müller KR, Ilmoniemi RJ, Curio G.
A novel mechanism for evoked responses in the human brain.
European Journal of Neuroscience 2007; 25:3146-54.


Prof. Dr. med. Gabriel Curio


Leader Senior Physican, Research Officer

CBF: Campus Benjamin Franklin

Department of Neurology with Experimental Neurology

Postal address:

Hindenburgdamm 30

12200 Berlin

t: +49 30 8445 2276