The editorials of the SFB 1280 – Learn what we are working on
Our editorial from 2014 about extinction learning in “forschung – Das Magazin der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft”.
On the occasion of the start of the Collaborative Research Centre, the spokesperson duo reports in Neuroforum, the magazine of the Neuroscience Society
Article – “The reason for forgetting” >> (German)
In 2021, the SFB 1280 gives an insight into its findings from 7 years of research in “Bild der Wissenschaft”
Technical description of our research perspective on extinction learning
Press releases of the SFB 1280 – Our results
Genes influence different structures and the function of the brain. These in turn explain differences in behavior. Analyzing all three aspects at once is a challenge – but has now been achieved. (Press release in German)
Article – How procrastinators and doers differ genetically >>
Article – When pigeons dream >>
Dreaming has long been regarded as something that characterizes human sleep. However, new findings suggest that pigeons may experience flight scenes during sleep. (Press release in German)
Getting to know the SFB 1280 – Interviews
Please mind: All interviews are in German.
Adriane Icenhour introduces herself and her work on the interaction and communication between body, emotions and thoughts in the interview series of the RUB news portal “Newly appointed”. She takes a multimodal approach to this complex interaction, combining different neuroscientific and behavioral methods.
In an interview with RUB News-Portal, Marlene Pacharra and Tobias Otto provide insights into the tasks and challenges involved in organizing, documenting and providing data. In concrete terms, this often means providing individual advice to researchers, but also creating sustainable infrastructures for the entire university.
In the interview series of the RUB news portal “Newly appointed”, Sigrid Elsenbruch explains why the gut and brain cannot be observed separately. Research into new therapy methods for visceral pain and the stress caused by it occupies her just as much as basic research into the gut-brain axis.
Kannste Vergessen? – Our Podcast
Learning is hard. Forgetting is sometimes even harder. How do you get rid of what you have learned?
That’s what Rainer Holl, author, presenter and poetry slammer, wants to know and understand. To find out, he interviews scientists from the Collaborative Research Centre “Extinction Learning” about their research. Look forward to peering into the brain’s cards! Fascinating insights from the fields of psychology, biopsychology and neuroscience, a look behind the scenes of everyday scientific life and slam poetry await you.
With three seasons now under its belt, “Kannste Vergessen?” really does have an episode for everyone. What does happiness mean? What can we learn from the stories people tell? How do you treat fear of heights? What is the human mind and how does it differ from artificial cognition? You can find all episodes here >>. Please mind that the podcast is recorded in German.
Vidcasts – The subprojects introduce themselves
In the short vidcasts, the sub-projects describe their work, explain what they are researching and give an insight into how the knowledge gained can help people in the future. Each project brings its own perspective and approach to the topic of extinction learning and tries to bring forth new discoveries using a variety of methods.
Researchers at the SFB often hear this question. The answer is diverse and can vary greatly from project to project. What they all have in common is that they deal with forgetting – Onur Güntürkün explains in the video why exactly this is so important.
In Public – Events
Info Day– SFB 1280 meets Haus des Wissens >>
The “Haus des Wissens” will be a great new place in Bochum’s city center over the next few years. Knowledge is the central theme in this building – and everyone involved should and wants to contribute ideas, concepts and offers. And not side by side, but with a joint program and an idea that goes beyond the power of what individual areas can achieve.
On Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the future players gave a first insight into what we can already look forward to!
The SFB 1280 was also on site with a mini brain lab and a podcast lounge to get Bochum’s citizens excited about neuroscience.
Theater – SFB 1280 BRAIN TALKS >>
On October 7, 2023, we reached one of our biggest milestones: a full-length stage program in one of the most renowned and internationally renowned German theaters – with our science on the big stage.
The stage presentations by Robert Reichert (RUB), Harleen Chhabra (IfADo), Javier Schneider (RUB), Marie Jakobs (UDE) and Onur Güntürkün (RUB) and the information stations set up in the foyer were simply about everything that moves us: memory and brain research, questions of learning, unlearning, remembering and forgetting, and what happens when extinction learning occurs.
Cinema Evening – Taking Chances >>
On May 13, 2022, the interdisciplinary cinema evening “Taking chances” offered a fantastic mix of short films from the repertoire of the Oberhausen Short Film Festival and stimulating impulses from film and neuroscientists. Those who made the journey could look forward to exciting talks and discussions with the following speakers:
Robert Dörre (IFM)
Natascha Frankenberg (IFM)
Bertram Gerber (LIM)
Onur Güntürkün (SFB 1280)
Carsten Spicher (International Short Film Festival Oberhausen)
Marcella Woud (SFB 1280)
Onur Güntürküns Keynote for the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
In detail – Talks & Lectures
Robert Kumsta with a contribution on epigenetics at Scobel on ZDF
Onur Güntürkün in a talk on ZDF’s Alpha Forum
Dagmar Timmann with a lecture in the forum Clinical Neuroanatomy Seminars (CNS)
More interesting articles and videos avalaible at SFB 874 >>
Audio, Video, Interactive – Stay tuned and keep learning
Animation Human 3D Brain Model >>
If you’ve ever wondered what a human brain looks like, you’ll find an amazing 3D journey on dasgehirn.info
Animation Brain Catalogue >>
And for those who wonder how similar the brain of a wolf, squirrel or rhinoceros looks, we recommend the braincatalogue
EEG, fMRI and PET – you might have already heard these terms, but how do those techniques work? In this short TED-ED Episode you will find the answers.
In the SFB 1280 we work with Optogenetics, which makes it possible to control specific neurons with light! Find out how it’s done in this short lecture from MIT.
Video Pigeon Genius >>
At the SFB 1280 we hold our pigeons dear to our heart. Get a deeper insight into their remarkable skills in this short National Geographic Documentary.
The SFB 1280 is one of many DFG funded collaborative research centres in Germany. But what makes a SFB/CRC so special? Find out at the official Website of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Kid’s Corner – Arts, Crafts and Knowledge
Well Said – From Researchers and Thinkers