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Research Techniques

Training with PICCS provides students with the opportunity to learn and use a number of cutting-edge research techniques, and work directly with the world-class researchers that developed them. Techniques used by PICCS labs include:

Georgetown University:

  • 3-Tesla high field human MRI
  • 7-Tesla MRI scanner for animal investigations at microscopic resolution
  • Electrophysiological microelectrode recordings
  • Optical imaging with voltage-sensitive dyes
  • Intrinsic signal imaging in nonhuman primates
  • Computational modeling techniques
  • Confocal microscopy

Howard University:

  • Single- and multi-electrode recordings
  • In-vivo as well as in-vitro preparations
  • Decoding of the pertinent neuronal signals and numerical and analytical modeling of neuronal control of eye movements
  • Existing strength in stereology with particular regard to quantification of neuronal connectivities and the neurobiology of aging

Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetic (Tübingen):

  • World's Experts in non-invasive high-resolution neuroimaging of nonhuman primates
  • Application of this technique in visual, auditory, and multisensory areas of the brain

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen:

  • Visual perception during self-movement, comparative studies of the microarchitecture, connectivity and function of the pontine nuclei and deep cerebellar nuclei as interfaces between cerebellar cortex and the rest of the brain using rats, monkeys and humans

Technische Universität München:

  • PhD program with experimental thesis projects complemented by interdisciplinary lectures, seminars, practical courses and laboratory rotations
  • The associated PhD program “Medical Life Science and Technology” provides high-level scientific training for students with diverse backgrounds.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • Neuronal mechanisms of temporal processing in the context of sound localization, auditory pattern recognition, and auditory object formation
  • Echolocation and audio-vocal interactions in bats
  • Early development and differentiation of neural structure in insects and fish
  • Experience-dependent development of the mammalian auditory system

Max-Plank-Institut für Kognitions-und Neurowissenschaften Leipzig

  • Primary research focus revolves around human cognitive abilities and cerebral processes, with a focus on language, music, and action
  • Investigate the perception of language; music; actions (and their outcome); the planning and generation of language and activity; and the interaction between, and common functional principles of, generation and perception in various cognitive fields

Laboratoire de Neurobiologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire, Gif-sur-Yvette

  • Technique of transneuronal tracing with an active virus, which allows the visualization of entire context-related neuronal systems via retrograde transynaptic transport of the tracerVirus replicates in target neurons, thus no degradation of the signal occurs
  • Thus far, a number of motor and sensory-motor systems in guinea pigs and nonhuman primates have been characterized.

Centre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition, Toulouse

  • Human object recognition using EEG source imaging
  • Access to a key experimental technique to investigate human object recognition at a new level of detail
  • Recent results: Human visual system can perform complex object recognition tasks within 150 ms.

Teknillinen Korkeakoulu Helsinki

  • Leaders in MEG imaging of neurocognitive mechanisms of human communication, especially multisensory perception
  • Investigate how the various unimodal features are integrated to a unitary multisensory perception
  • Assist in solving the electromagnetic inverse problem



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