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The brain in action

Our brain is highly efficient when it comes to understanding the environment. It can perceive, recognize, and act. Experiences do not simply pass us by, but are literally imprinted on our brains. Neuroscience research focuses on the fascinating process of how an image of the world develops in our heads. In Marburg, a systematic approach plays an important role in this context as scholars here and in Giessen study everyday perception. For example, the interplay between the eyes and hands is a complex interaction that involves many regions of the brain, but this often becomes noticeable only when the process is not working properly, as in neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, or after a stroke. Mental disorders are also reflected in the brain. This is genetically determined to some extent, but environmental conditions and experiences also change how genes are expressed in the brain. Clinical neuroscientists, psychiatrists and psychologists collaborate in investigating these relationship. Marburg's Department of Psychology and the Neurosciences is known for its experimental and neurobiological focus.