The Department of Cognitive Neurology is located at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and is headed by Prof. Dr. Melanie Wilke. Our department hosts the core facility MR-Research in Neurosciences headed by PD Dr. Peter Dechent. The Cognitive Neurology Group at the DPZ is a satellite of our department at the UMG.

We aim to understand the neural basis of conscious perception and how it relates to the selection and execution of action plans. Our research applies a multi-modal approach that combines causal brain perturbation methods with fMRI and electrophysiological recordings in healthy humans and patients suffering from e.g. stroke.

German Primate Center: Decision and Awareness Group

University Medical Center: Core Facility MR-Research


  • Poland E, Bhonsle A, Steinmann I, Wilke M. Reduced alpha amplitudes predict perceptual suppression. Scientific Reports. 2021. 11, 13040.
  • Miloserdov K, Schmidt-Samoa C, Williams C, Weinrich CA, Kagan I, Bürk K, Trenkwalder C, Bähr M, Wilke M. Aberrant functional connectivity of resting state networks related to misperceptions and intra-individual variability in Parkinson‘s disease. Neuroimage: Clinical. 2020;25:102076
  • Cabral-Calderin Y, Wilke M. Probing the link between perception and oscillations: Lessons from transcranial alternating current stimulation. Neuroscientist. 2020. Feb 7:1073858419828646.
  • Storm F, Boly M, Casali M, Massimini M, Olcese M, Pennartz CMA, Wilke M. Consciousness regained: disentangling mechanisms, brain systems, and behavioral responses. Journal of Neuroscience. 2017. 8;37(45):10882-10893.
  • Tsuchiya N, Wilke M, Frässle S, Lamme V. No-report paradigms: Extracting the true neural correlates of consciousness. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 2015. Dec;19(12):757-70.
  • Cabral-Calderin Y, Schmidt-Samoa,C, Wilke M. Rhythmic gamma stimulation affects bistable perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2015. 20:1-10.
  • Kagan I*, Gibson L, Spanou E, Wilke M. Effective connectivity and spatial selectivity-dependent fMRI changes elicited by microstimulation of pulvinar and LIP. NeuroImage. 2021. 118283.
  • Schneider L, Dominguez-Vargas, A, Gibson L, Kagan I*, Wilke M.*Eye position signals in the dorsal pulvinar during fixation and goal-directed saccades. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2020 Jan 1;123(1):367-391.
  • Wilke M, Schneider L, Dominguez-Vargas A, Schmidt-Samoa C, Miloserdov K, Nazzal A, Cabral-Calderin Y, Dechent P, Scherberger H, Kagan I, Bähr M. Reach and grasp deficits following damage to the dorsal pulvinar. Cortex. 2018. 99:135-149.
  • Dominguez-Vargas A, Schneider L, Wilke M*, Kagan I*. Electrical Microstimulation of the Pulvinar Biases Saccade Choices and Reaction Times in a Time-Dependent Manner. Journal of Neuroscience. 2017. Feb 22;37(8):2234-2257.
  • Milham M, Petkov C, …Wilke M, …Zuo Z. Toward next-generation primate neuroscience: A collaboration-based strategic plan for integrative neuroimaging. Neuron. 2022. Jan 5;110(1):16-20.
  • Steinmann I, Williams KA, Wilke M, Antal A. Detection of tACS aftereffects is improved by considering the individual electric field strength and self-rated sleepiness. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 2022. (in press)
  • Klink PC, Aubry JF, Ferrera VP, … Wilke M, Kagan I, Petkov CI, 2021. Combining brain perturbation and neuroimaging in non-human primates. NeuroImage 2021. 235, 118017
  • WilliamsKA, Cabral-Calderin Y, Schmidt-Samoa C, Weinrich C, Dechent P, Wilke M. Simultaneous transcranial alternating current stimulation and functional magnetic resonance imaging. J Vis Exp. 2017. Jun 5 (124).
  • Cabral-Calderin Y*, Williams K*, Dechent, P, Opitz A, Wilke M. Transcranial alternating current stimulation modulates spontaneous low frequency fluctuations as measured with fMRI. Neuroimage. 2016 Jul 5. S1053-8119(16)30312-3.