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Specificity or generalization? Neural mechanisms for perceptual learning with variability

Project description

Learning to see again with new neuroscientific model

Thanks to the mechanism of perceptual learning (PL), we can instantly integrate and recognise what we see when our eyes send to our brains extensive amounts of variable visual information. Visual PL through practice or training can considerably improve the performance of numerous visual tasks. However, it remains unknown how the challenging variability of signals affects PL. For example, does it weaken it or result in generalisations? To better understand this, the EU-funded VarPL project will examine neural mechanisms of learning and perception at the level of circuits and single cells by applying functional MRI and electrophysiology in behavioural testing in humans and macaque monkeys. The expected result from the project is a new, neuroscientific-based training model enabling rehabilitation of patients with visual deficits.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-STG
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Host institution

UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN GOETTINGEN - GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN - STIFTUNG OEFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Address
Robert-koch-strasse 40
37075 Goettingen
Germany

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 853 691

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN GOETTINGEN - GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN - STIFTUNG OEFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 853 691
Address
Robert-koch-strasse 40
37075 Goettingen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DEUTSCHES PRIMATENZENTRUM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 013 641
Address
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Gottingen

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Activity type
Research Organisations