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Bernstein Network News. Find the latest news from our researchers regarding current research results, new research projects and initiatives as well as awards and prizes.

Freiburg October 19, 2022

BernsteinCorTeC Award 2022

The Bernstein-CorTeC Award honors outstanding scientific achievements in the field of Computational Neuroscience and Neurotechnology. The prize is awarded annually alternating for Doctoral or Master theses.

Jülich October 18, 2022

Human Brain Project: Scientists Propose New Guidelines for Describing Network Connectivity

Researchers who work with neuronal network models – simplified representations of brains – need to "speak the same language" so that their results can be understood and reproduced. Scientists at the Human Brain Project now propose guidelines for the unambiguous description of network connectivity. The guidelines are based on concepts in use in the computational neuroscience community. To provide an intuitive understanding of network properties, they also propose a graphical notation for network diagrams unifying existing diagram styles.

Tübingen October 17, 2022

BWKI honors student teams

Germany's up-and-coming AI talent impressed at the finals of the leading artificial intelligence competition. The goal of all participants: To improve the world with the help of AI applications.

Munich October 14, 2022

Secret structure in the wiring diagram of the brain

Researchers discover a hidden order in seemingly random connections between neurons

Göttingen, Germany October 6, 2022

The secret of swing – addressed in the lab

Jazz must swing - jazz musicians agree on that. However, even 100 years after the beginnings of jazz, it is still unclear what exactly constitutes the swing feel. With a sophisticated experiment and data analyses on more than 450 well-known jazz solos, physicists from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) together with psychologists from the University of Göttingen have unraveled a secret of swing. They were able to demonstrate that certain systematic deviations in timing are a key component of swing. These microtiming deviations are so small that they are not perceived as such even by professional jazz musicians, who nonetheless are using them unconsciously.

Brussels October 6, 2022

Can you burn calories by thinking hard?

If you hate early morning jogs but love Sudokus over breakfast, it sounds ideal. But is it accurate? Neuroscientist Petra Ritter gives it some thought.

Berlin October 5, 2022

What happens in the brain during an argument? An interactive atlas shows active areas during anger, annoyance or despair

On October 6, an exhibition on the subject of quarrels opens at the Museum für Kommunikation. The brain simulation group at the Berlin Institute of Health at the Charité (BIH) is contributing a touch-controlled screen on which feelings that play a role in quarreling become visible: Anger, annoyance, envy or resignation arise in certain networks of the brain, which visitors can specifically light up.

Göttingen October 4, 2022

Neural Systems Theory

Viola Priesemann takes up professorship at the University of Göttingen

Göttingen September 29, 2022

Brain state determines what we see

The pupil size of the eyes is not only affected by light, but also by a person's inner state of the brain. An international research team consisting of neuroscientists from the Universities of Göttingen and Tübingen in Germany, and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, USA, has now been able to provide initial answers to the question of why the pupil size changes with the inner state and whether these rapid, state-dependent changes in the pupil change the way we perceive our surroundings. The results were published in the journal "Nature".

Jülich September 27, 2022

Critical point in brain information processing confirmed using quantum field theory

Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich have used a commonly used technique from quantum field theory to study how the brain stores and processes information.

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