“If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.” This quote nicely describes the enormous scientific challenge to understand our own central nervous system, and its relation to our complex cognitive abilities. And even though over the last decades science has developed impressive new technologies that allow new insights into the architecture and function of our brain, we still have very little idea how the human brain realizes all these complex cognitive functions in our natural environment.
Klaus Gramann is head of the chair Biological Psychology and Neuroergonomics at Technische Universität Berlin. He studied Psychology in Gießen, Germany, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and in Aachen, Germany where he received his diploma in 1998 in Psychology and subsequently his PhD in Experimental Psychology in 2002 from the Rheinisch-Westfälisch Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH). He worked as postdoc at the LMU Munich and at the University of California San Diego. Here, together with Scott Makeig he worked on the development of Mobile Brain/Body Imaging methods to investigate human brain dynamics in actively behaving participants. He has been working as visiting Professor at the National Ciao Tung University in Taiwan and the University of Osnabrück in Germany before accepting a position at the Technische Universität Berlin in 2012. He has a keen interest in the neuroscience of embodied cognition with a focus on spatial cognitive processes, visual attention and neuroergonomics.
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