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Igor Kagan

Group Leader, Decision and Awareness Group

  • 2011 - present: Group Leader, German Primate Center, Göttingen, Germany

  • 2009-2010: Senior Research Fellow, Andersen Lab, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA

  • 2003-2008: Postdoctoral Scholar, Andersen Lab, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA

  • 2003: Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Technion  Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, and Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  • 1996: B.Sc. Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel

  • 1989-1991: Department of Biophysics, Faculty of Physics and Mechanics, St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia

Major Research Interests:

Igor Kagan

Neurophysiology and functional imaging of decision-making, cognitive and visuomotor functions in primates, interhemispheric interactions and bihemispheric network processing for action planning in the context of goal-directed behaviors. Human-monkey cross-species comparison using functional imaging, pharmacological inactivation, and behavioral approaches. Neuronal basis of fMRI signals. Neurophysiology of active vision in primary visual cortex.

Dept. of Cognitive Neurosciences
Decision and Awareness Group
German Primate Center
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

phone:+49-551-3851 332
fax:+49-551-39 12308

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Selected Recent Publications:

Wilke M*, Kagan I*, Andersen RA (2012) Functional imaging reveals rapid reorganization of cortical activity after parietal inactivation in monkeys. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 109(21): 8274-8279. *Equal contribution.

Kagan I (2012) Active vision: fixational eye movements help seeing space in time. Current Biology 22(6): R186 - R188.

Kagan I, Iyer A, Lindner A, Andersen RA (2010) Space representation for eye movements is more contralateral in monkeys than in humans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 107(17): 7933-7938

Iyer A, Lindner A, Kagan I, Andersen RA (2010) Motor preparatory activity in posterior parietal cortex is modulated by subjective absolute value. PLoS Biol 8(8): e1000444. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000444

Lindner A, Iyer A, Kagan I, Andersen RA (2010) Human posterior parietal cortex plans where to reach and what to avoid. J. Neurosci. 30(35): 11715-11725

Kagan I, Gur M, Snodderly DM (2008) Saccades and drifts differentially modulate neuronal activity in V1: Effects of retinal image motion, position, and extraretinal influences. Journal of Vision 8(14):19: 1-25