Mormann Group

Cognitive Neurophysiology

We are interested in the neurobiology of perception and memory. We explore neuronal behavior in the medial temporal lobe to understand how things and events we perceive and experience transformed into memory traces.

Clinical Neurophysiology

We investigate the pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to the occurrence of epileptic seizures. Our particular focus is on microscopic phenomena such as high frequency oscillations, microseizures, cellular and network behavior.

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Methods

  • Single-neuron activity and local field potentials from micro-electrode recordings in humans in vivo
  • Intracranial elektroencephalography (iEEG)
  • Sleep polysomnography and sleep stage scoring
  • Intracranial electro-stimulation
  • Eye tracking
  • Olfactometry
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Structural magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI)
  • Linear and nonlinear time series analysis

5 selected publications

  1. Bausch M, Niediek J, Reber TP, Mackay S, Boström J, Elger CE, Mormann F. (2021) Concept neurons in the human medial temporal lobe flexibly represent abstract relations between concepts. Nature Communications 12:6164.
  2. Reber TP, Bausch M, Mackay S, Boström J, Elger CE, Mormann F. (2019) Representation of abstract semantic knowledge in populations of human single neurons in the medial temporal lobe. PLoS Biology 17: e3000290.
  3. Staresina BP, Reber TP, Niediek J, Boström J, Elger CE, Mormann F. (2019) Recollection in the human hippocampal-entorhinal cell circuitry. Nature Communications 10: 1053.
  4. Mormann F, Niediek J, Tudusciuc O, Quesada CM, Coenen VA, Elger CE, Adolphs R. (2015) Neurons in the human amygdala encode face identity but not gaze direction. Nature Neuroscience 18: 1568-1570.
  5. Mormann F, Dubois J, Kornblith S, Milosavljevic M, Cerf M, Ison M, Tsuchiya N, Kraskov A, Quiroga RQ, Adolphs R, Fried I, Koch C. (2011) A category-specific response to animals in the right human amygdala. Nature Neuroscience 14: 1247-1249.