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Neurobiological research at the LMU Biocenter is mainly concerned with questions at the cellular and systems level, particularly with mechanisms of perception and behaviour, their development and evolution. We apply experimental as well as theoretical approaches. Major topics in and across research groups are

  • Temporal and spatial processing, neuronal representations in the auditory system
    (Grothe, Herz, Pecka, Kopp-Scheinpflug)
  • Experience-dependent development of the mammalian auditory system
    (Grothe, Kopp-Scheinpflug)
  • Learning and memory in the hippocampal formation and the olfactory system
  • Neuronal processing and representation in the visual system
  • Visual processing during action
    (Busse, Katzner)
  • Energy needs and support
  • Sensory and Developmental Neuroscience
  • Systems neurophysiology of learning and memory
  • Our group explores theoretical principles of neural computations with a particular focus on sensory systems.

Experimental methods: 3-D-lasermicrosopy, free-field studies, immunohistochemistry, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, laser ablation of identified cells, molecular biology, psychophysics, whole embryo and cell culture, two-photon laser scan microscopy, calcium imaging.

Theoretical methods: advanced data analysis techniques, computer simulations, mathematical modelling.