Cognitive Neuroscience (INM-3)

Headed by: Prof. Dr. Gereon R. Fink

From an understanding of cognitive processes to the development of new treatment strategies for neurological deficits.

Using behavioural, pharmacological, and neuromodulatory methods, we investigate the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive (dys-)function in healthy subjects and patients suffering from neurological disorders.



Functional imaging (PET, MRI) and electrophysiological methods (EEG, TMS, tDCS) are combined with computational approaches to achieve a better understanding of i) the development of normal brain functions during ageing, ii) disease-induced dysfunction, and iii) cerebral plasticity and recovery of function.

Results help to decode how the human brain enables higher cognition and to develop novel therapeutic approaches.

Research Groups

Arbeitsgruppe Räumliche Kognition

Spatial Cognition

Using various neuroscientific methods, we investigate the processing and selection of spatial information in the human brain.


Attention and Prediction

Our brain constantly receives numerous sensory signals. This requires a selection of currently relevant stimuli and a suppression of distracting stimuli.


Motor Cognition

All cognitive processes are expressed by actions. In turn, complex actions draw upon cognitive functions. Motor cognitive disorders, like apraxia, strongly impair the outcome of stroke patients.


Computational Neurology

The vast majority of motor actions is the result of a complex interplay of various brain regions. In the past decades, brain regions involved in movement generation have been intensively investigated in both animal models as well as in humans.


Social Cognition

The focus of the study group is the research field of social cognition, which assembles all cognitive processes, which are relevant for the interaction and communication between human beings.

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Rehabilitation of cognitive impairments

How does stroke influence sensorimotor networks in the human brain? – This is the major question driving our research activities.