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Perception in Context and its Neural Basis

October 2016: Start of the Research Training Group RTG 2175


We do not perceive the world as it is in absolute terms, but a version of the world that is filtered and modulated by our intentions and expectations that are derived from previous experience.

Presently, we miss a coherent theory of the functional and mechanistic underpinnings of such contextual modulations both on the perceptual level and on the level of the underlying neuronal activity.

The research aim of the RTG 2175 is to pinpoint similarities and differences of context-dependent perception and its neuronal representation in selected and well-accessible paradigms, and thereby work towards a unified framework of contextual processing.

The RTG 2175 combines expertise from multiple neuroscience disciplines into an educational program for doctoral researchers working on contextual effects on sensory perception and their underlying neurophysiological basis.

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RTG 2175 Perception in Context and its Neural Basis