Behavior and Cognition

Alexander Gail

Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab, Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
German Primate Center


Research Interests


  • Sensorimotor integration
  • Cognitive movement planning
  • Neuroprosthetics
  • Neural Communication



Education and Employment

2012 - Professor for Sensorimotor Neuroscience and Neuroprosthetics, Georg-August University Göttingen
2006 - 2012Independent Junior Research Group Leader, German Primate Center, Göttingen
2003 - 2006Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
2002 - 2003Postdoctoral Fellow, Philipps University Marburg, Germany
2002Dr. rer. nat. (Physics), Philipps University Marburg, Germany


Selected honours and awards

2011Co-chair GAFOS Program, Neuroscience section, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and US National Academy of Sciences
2003Postdoctoral fellowship, California Institute of Technology
2002Dr. rer. nat. graduate “summa cum laude”, Philipps University Marburg
1997Diploma graduate “summa cum laude”, Philipps University Marburg
1995 - 1997Scholarship Award Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes


Selected publications

Kuang S, Morel P, Gail A (2016). Planning movements in visual and physical space in monkey posterior parietal cortex. Cerebral Cortex 26(2): 731-47

Westendorff S, Kuang S, Taghizadeh B, Donchin O, Gail A (2015). Asymmetric gen-eralization in adaptation to target displacement errors. Journal of Neurophysiology 113(7): 2360-75

Taghizadeh B, Gail A(2014). Spatial task context makes short-latency reaches prone to induced Roelofs illusion. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8: 673

Klaes C, Schneegans S, Schöner G, Gail A (2012). Sensorimotor learning biases choice behavior: A learning neural field model for decision making. PLoS Computational Biology 8(11): e1002774

Klaes C, Westendorff S, Gail A (2011). Choosing goals not rules: Deciding among al-ternative rule-based action plans. Neuron 70: 536-48

Westendorff S, Klaes C, Gail A (2010). The cortical timeline for deciding on reach motor-goals. Journal of Neuroscience 30: 5426-36

Gail A, Klaes C, Westendorff S (2009). Implementation of Spatial Transformation Rules for Goal-Directed Reaching via Gain Modulation in Monkey Parietal and Pre-motor Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 29: 9490-9

Gail A, Andersen RA (2006). Neural dynamics in monkey parietal reach region reflect context-specific sensorimotor transformations. Journal of Neuroscience 26: 9376-84

Gail A, Brinksmeyer H-J, Eckhorn R (2004). Perception-related modulations of local field potential power and coherence in primary visual cortex of awake monkey during binocular rivalry. Cerebral Cortex 14: 300-13

Gail A, Brinksmeyer HJ, Eckhorn R (2000). Contour decouples gamma activity across texture representation in monkey striate cortex. Cerebral Cortex 10:840-50