Vision & Motor System Group

The "Vision and Motor System Research Group" (VMSRG) is devoted to basic experimental as well as clinical research on the field of cognitive neurology and clinical neurophysiology of the visual and the motor system.

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Our principal goal is to apply novel findings from cognitive and psychophysiological research to current challenges in clinical neurology. In so doing we aim at contributing to improved diagnostic and therapeutical strategies for disorders of the visual and the motor system. Thus, we employ a rich interdisciplinary methodological repertoire to address the physiological complexity of the visual and the motor system and their interactions: We combine psychophysics (reaction time tasks, eye movement tracking, threshold estimation) and psychophysiological measures, e.g. obtained by electroencephalography (EEG) or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), with modern innovations in transcranial brain stimulation. This includes our successful application of navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS).

Funding

At the present time our research group is receiving the following grants by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG): FOR 778/1-1; BR 1691 3-3; BR 1691 4-1, BR 1691 5-1; BR 1691 6-1; STU 248/3-1, IR 48/2-2.

Graduation

We encourage medical students interested in neurology to apply for a dissertation on the field of clinical neurophysiology of the visual or the motor system. Our doctoral students profit by guided "hands-on research" with a modern methodological inventory and are involved in current research projects. In the past we have supervised dissertations either by publications or in the format of a classical manuscript.