Research at the ESI


If we understand a liver cell, we understand a lot about the liver. If we understand a brain cell, we still miss much about how the brain works. The billions of brain cells influence each other. These mutual influences bring about dynamics that is only defined at the level of the whole system entailing multiple components. These system level dynamics affect neuronal communication in turn. We look at multiple brain areas, circuits or cells simultaneously to understand the principles behind their interactions, and how those ultimately shape our behaviour.

Research Groups

Poeppel Lab
Brain basis of language, speech and music
Singer Lab
Neuronal processes underlying higher cognitive functions
Cuntz Lab
The fundamental principles of wiring in the brain
Fries Lab
Mechanisms and functions of rhythmic neuronal synchronization
Havenith & Schölvinck Lab
Simultaneous encoding of cognitive processes during natural behaviour
Laurens Lab
Electrophysiology and modeling of navigation and vestibular systems
Schmidt Lab
Mapping of the entorhinal-hippocampal neuronal network
Vinck Lab
Using prediction and timing to encode information in the brain
Rademaker Lab
The mechanisms giving rise to human perceptual experiences