Lifespan Neural Dynamics Group

This former Emmy Noether Group (2017–2023) is part of the Berlin site of the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research.

The Lifespan Neural Dynamics Group (LNDG) seeks to understand how and why the human brain fluctuates so markedly from moment to moment. In particular, we examine brain signal variability and dynamics in relation to six core research foci:

  • Lifespan Development
  • Cognition
  • Structural/Functional Connectivity
  • Neuromodulation
  • Transcranial Stimulation
  • Methods

Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research
The Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research was launched in April 2014. It is based on an initiative by scientists from the Max Planck Society and University College London (UCL) targeting the development and application of computational methods that reorganize and improve our understanding of mental illness and behavioral aging. more


Selected Publications

Shine, J. M., Lewis, L. D., Garrett, D. D., & Hwang, K. (2023). The impact of the human thalamus on brain-wide information processing. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 24, 416–430.
Månsson, K. N. T., Waschke, L., Manzouri, A., Furmark, T., Fischer, H., & Garrett, D. D. (2022). Moment-to-moment brain signal variability reliably predicts psychiatric treatment outcome. Biological Psychiatry, 91(7), 658–666.
Garrett, D. D., Skowron, A., Wiegert, S., Adolf, J., Dahle, C. L., Lindenberger, U., & Raz, N. (2021). Lost dynamics and the dynamics of loss: Longitudinal compression of brain signal variability is coupled with declines in functional integration and cognitive performance. Cerebral Cortex, 31(11), 5239–5252.
Kosciessa, J. Q., Lindenberger, U., & Garrett, D. D. (2021). Thalamocortical excitability modulation guides human perception under uncertainty. Nature Communications, 12, Article 2430.
Waschke, L., Kloosterman, N. A., Obleser, J., & Garrett, D. D. (2021). Behavior needs neural variability. Neuron, 109(5), 751–766.
Kloosterman, N. A., Kosciessa, J. Q., Lindenberger, U., Fahrenfort, J. J., & Garrett, D. D. (2020). Boosts in brain signal variability track liberal shifts in decision bias. eLife, (9), Article e54201.
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