Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

University Department of Neurology
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Brain Machine Interface (BMI)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Hinrichs


Dr. rer.nat. Stefan Dürschmid
Dipl.-Inform. Christoph Reichert
Dipl.-Ing. Gennady Sintotskiy



Humans are continually faced with the requirement to learn movement sequences to complete tasks. Our group investigates neural organization during learning paradigms to enable a better understanding of networks and how brain regions within these networks cooperate.

One main topic is the interaction of the human brain with devices or computers. Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI) can be used to generate control signals through volitional modulation of brain activity without muscle movements. This principle is based on the observation that imagery of movements yields specific changes in electric brain activity.

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Selected References

Sweeney-Reed CM, Zaehle T, Voges J, Schmitt FC, Buentjen L, Kopitzki K, Hinrichs H, Heinze HJ, Rugg MD, Knight RT, Richardson-Klavehn A.: Thalamic theta phase alignment predicts human memory formation and anterior thalamic cross-frequency coupling. Elife. 2015 May 20;4. doi: 10.7554/eLife.07578.

Guggenmos M, Thoma V, Haynes JD, Richardson-Klavehn A, Cichy RM, Sterzer P.: Spatial attention enhances object coding in local and distributed representations of the lateral occipital complex. Neuroimage. 2015 Apr 10. pii: S1053-8119(15)00282-7. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.04.004.

Sweeney-Reed CM, Zaehle T, Voges J, Schmitt FC, Buentjen L, Kopitzki K, Esslinger C, Hinrichs H, Heinze HJ, Knight RT, Richardson-Klavehn A.: Corticothalamic phase synchrony and cross-frequency coupling predict human memory formation. Elife. 2014 Dec 23;3:e05352. doi: 10.7554/eLife.05352.

Guggenmos M, Thoma V, Cichy RM, Haynes JD, Sterzer P, Richardson-Klavehn A.: Non-holistic coding of objects in lateral occipital complex with and without attention. Neuroimage. 2015 Feb 15;107:356-63. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.013. Epub 2014 Dec 12.

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