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Gail, Alexander, Prof. Dr.

Professor for Sensorimotor Neuroscience and Neuroprosthetics

  • 1997: Physics Diploma, Philipps University, Marburg

  • 2002: Dr. rer. nat. (Physics) Philipps University, Marburg

  • 2002-2003: Postdoc (Neurophysics Laboratory of R. Eckhorn, Marburg)

  • 2003-2006: Postdoc (Laboratory of R. Andersen, Pasadena, CA, USA)

  • 2006-present: Head of Sensorimotor Research Group, German Primate Center and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience

  • 2012-present: Professor for Sensorimotor Neuroscience and Neuroprosthetics, Georg-August University Göttingen

Major Research Interests

Sensorimotor integration, cognitive movement planning, neuroprosthetics, neuronal synchronization, visual object coding; methods: awake monkey electrophysiology, extracellular multi-channel microelectrode recordings, psychophysics in human and non-human primates, correlation and spectral coherence analysis, pattern recognition

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Selected Recent 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, Chakrabarti S, Gail A (2011) Choosing goals, not rules: Deciding among rule-based action plans. Neuron, 70, 536-548

  • Westendorff S, Klaes C, Gail A. (2010) The cortical timeline for deciding on reach motor-goals. J Neurosci 30:5426-5436.

  • Gail A, Klaes C, Westendorff S (2009) Implementation of Spatial Transformation Rules for Goal-Directed Reaching via Gain Modulation in Monkey Parietal and Premotor Cortex. J Neurosci 29: 9490-9499.

  • 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



Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail
German Primate Center
Sensorimotor Group
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

phone: +49-551-3851 358
fax: +49-551-3851 425
email: agail@gwdg.de

GGNB Affiliation

Neurosciences (IMPRS)
Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
Systems Neuroscience
Theoretical and Computational Neur