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These publications are part of the ERC Synergy Grant 'BrainPlay - the self-teaching brain' and have received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 810580).

All publications

Behavioral and neural correlates of hide-and-seek in rats

Reinhold AS, Sanguinetti-Scheck JI, Hartmann K, Brecht M (2019) 

Science, 365(6458), 1180-1183

Tickle contagion in the somato-sensory cortex

Kaufmann LV, Brecht M, Ishiyama S (2021)


This article is a preprint and has not been certified by peer review

Large-scale mapping of vocalization-related activity in the functionally diverse nuclei in rat posterior brainstem

M Concha-Miranda, W Tang, K Hartmann,

M Brecht (2022)

Journal of Neuroscience 16 September 2022, JN-RM-0813-22

Play, but not observing play, engages rat medial prefrontal cortex

Concha‐Miranda M, Hartmann K, Reinhold A, Brecht M, Sanguinetti‐Scheck JI (2020)

European Journal of Neuroscience

Unsupervised discovery of behaviorally relevant brain states in rats playing hide-and-seek

Bagi B, Brecht M, Sanguinetti-Scheck JI (2022) 

Current Biology

The human tickle response and mechanisms of self-tickle suppression

S Proelss, S Ishiyama, E Maier, M Schultze-Kraft and M Brecht (2022)

Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B3772021018520210185

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