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Here is on overview over recent scientific findings of the Bernstein Network.

Lighting array in the ear: First use of multi-channel cochlear implants with microscale light-emitting diodes

A milestone in hearing research: Researchers at the University Medical Center Göttingen and the University of Freiburg combine for the first time gene therapy in the cochlea with optical cochlear implants to optogenetically activate the auditory pathway in gerbils. Published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.

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The benefits of slowness

An algorithm developed by neuroinformatics engineers in Bochum estimates age and ethnic origin as exactly as humans do. The researchers are not yet sure which features it interprets.

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Controlling your home by the power of thought

Neuroscientists at the German Primate Center developed a new experimental environment to study action plans during walking

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The retina not only ensures sharp, but also stable vision

Researchers from Tübingen show for the first time that the milliseconds- long blindness that occurs during rapid movements of the eyes, which allows flicker-free vision, comes from the retina.

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How serotonin balances communication within the brain

A team of scientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) revealed how the neurotransmitter Serotonin fine-tunes the influence of sensory stimuli on internal processing in the brain.

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How we learn to see. Active efficient coding explains the development of binocular vision

Using a new model, scientists from the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and Goethe University can explain the development of binocular vision, which is the joint vision of the right and left eye. In doing so, they show how amblyopic visual impairment can occur.

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Quantifying objects: bees recognize that six is more than four

A new study at the University of Cologne proves that insects can perform basic numerical cognition tasks. Their neuronal network can also be used to perform successful machine learning

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Fruit flies respond to rapid changes in the visual environment thanks to luminance-sensitive lamina neurons

Neurons in the visual system sensitive to luminance make it possible to maintain effective vision and react appropriately when encountering sudden decreases in illumination

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