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Simone Cardoso de Oliveira


Research Topics

  • Motor control
  • Motor learning
  • Brain Machine Interface



  • Motor psychophysics



Academic Background

  • 1990-1993: PhD thesis: ‘The corticotectal projection of the rat in organotypic brain slice culture - an in vitro model for the formation of projections in the central nervous system of mammals’, under supervision of Prof. K.-P. Hoffmann, RUB
  • Diploma thesis: ‘The cortical projection to the nucleus of the optic tract in the ferret (Mustela putorius furo)’,
    under supervision of Prof. K.-P. Hoffmann
  • 1984 - 1990: Diploma-Studies in Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum

Science Management Positions

  • Since 02/2013: Scientific Manager for Strategic Development, Networking & Sustainability, BrainLinks-BrainTools, Cluster of Excellence, University of Freiburg
  • 01/2008 - 04/2013: Head of the Bernstein Coordination Site of the National Network Computational Neuroscience
  • 02/2005 - 12/2007: Teaching and training coordinator at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Freiburg
  • 08/2003 - 01/2005: Coordinator of the International MSc/PhD/MD-PhD Neuroscience program at the Georg-August University of Göttingen and Guest Researcher at the German Primate Center Göttingen


Research Positions

  • 02/2003 - 07/2003: Research Scientist at the Institut für Arbeitsphysiologie
  • 02/2000 - 01/2003: Leader of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group ‚Bimanual Coordination’ at the Institut für Arbeitsphysiologie, Dortmund
  • 10/1999 - 01/2000: Fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Studies Delmenhorst Cooperation with Prof. Pawelzik (University Bremen)
  • 10/1997 - 09/1999: Postdoc at the Higher Brain Functions Lab., Dept. Physiology, and Center for Neural Computation, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel (with Prof. E. Vaadia and Prof. H. Bergman), MINERVA fellow
  • 10/1995 - 07/1997: Postdoc with Prof. K.-P. Hoffmann, RUB
  • 07/1994 - 12/1994: Postdoc Fellowship in the graduate program, KOGNET, RUB
  • 07/1993 - 06/1994: Postdoc in the workgroup of Dr. P. Wahle, RUB
  • 04/1993 - 06/1993: Postdoc with Prof. K.-P. Hoffmann, RUB




  • Schwarzwälder K., Cardoso de Oliveira S. (2010): National Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience. It-Information Technology 52(1): 39-44.
  • Cardoso de Oliveira S, Barthelemy S (2005) Visual feedback reduces bimanual coupling of movement amplitudes, but not of directions. Experimental Brain Research 3 (162) : 78 - 88 [pdf]
  • Rickert J, Cardoso de Oliveira S, Vaadia E, Aertsen A, Rotter S, Mehring C (2005) Encoding of movement direction in different frequency ranges of motor cortical local field potentials. Journal of Neuroscience 25 (39) : 8815--8824 [pdf]
  • Cardoso de Oliveira S (2004) Control is good, prediction is better? Commentary to Franz Mechsner: A psychological approach to human voluntary movements. J. Mot. Behav. 36 : 375-378 [pdf]
  • Donchin O, Cardoso de Oliveira S (2004) Neurobehavioral Determinants of Interlimb Coordination , Electrophysiological Approaches to Bimanual Coordination in Primates, p 131 -- 153. Kluwer Academic, Boston, USA [pdf]
  • Mehring C, Nawrot MP, Cardoso de Oliveira S, Vaadia E, Schulze-Bonhage A, Aertsen A, Ball T (2004) Comparing information about arm movement direction in single channels of local and epicortical field potentials from monkey and human motor cortex. J Physiol Paris 98 (4-6) : 498--506 [pdf]
  • Vaadia E, Cardoso de Oliveira S (2004) Neuronal Representations of Bimanual Movements , Neuronal representations of bimanual movements, p 109 -- 140. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA [pdf]
  • Weigelt C, Cardoso de Oliveira S (2003) Visuomotor transformations affect bimanual coupling. Exp. Brain Res. 148: 439-450 [pdf]
  • Mehring C, Rickert J, Vaadia E, Cardoso de Oliveira S, Aertsen A, Rotter S (2003) Inference of hand movements from local field potentials in monkey motor cortex. Nature Neuroscience 12 (6) : 1253--1254, Erratum in: Nat Neurosci. 2004 Jan 7(1):91, [pdf] Supplementary material [pdf]
  • Mehring C, Rickert J, Cardoso de Oliveira S, Vaadia E, Aertsen A, Rotter S (2003) Hints for a topographic map of tuning properties in primate motor cortex. In: Proceedings of the 1st International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, p 28--31, IEEE, Capri Island (Italy) [pdf]
  • Gribova A, Donchin O, Bergman H , Vaadia E, Cardoso de Oliveira S (2002) Timing of bimanual movements in human and non-human primates in relation to neuronal activity in primary motor cortex and supplementary motor area. Exp. Brain Res. 146: 322-335 [pdf]
  • Cardoso de Oliveira S (2002) The neuronal basis of bimanual coordination: recent neurophysiological evidence and functional models. Acta Psychologica 110: 139-159 [pdf]
  • Steinberg O, Donchin O, Gribova A, Cardoso de Oliveira S, Bergman H, Vaadia E (2002) Neuronal Populations in Primary Motor Cortex encode Bimanual Arm Movements. Eur. J. Neurosci. 15: 1371-1380 [pdf]
  • Cardoso de Oliveira S, Gribova A, Donchin O, Bergman H, Vaadia E (2001) Neural interactions between motor cortical hemispheres during bimanual and unimanual movements. European Journal of Neuroscience 14 (11) : 1881--1896 [pdf]
  • Donchin O, Gribova A, Steinberg O, Bergman H, Cardoso de Oliveira S, Vaadia E (2001) Local field potentials related to bimanual movements in the primary and supplementary motor cortices. Experimental Brain Research 140 (1) : 46--55 [pdf]
  • Donchin O, Cardoso de Oliveira S, Vaadia E (1999) Who tells one hand what the other is doing: the neurophysiology of bimanual movements. Neuron 23: 15-18 [pdf]
  • Cardoso de Oliveira S, Thiele A, Hoffmann KP (1997) Synchronization of neuronal activity during stimulus expectation in a direction discrimination task. Journal of Neurosci. 17 : 9248--9260 [pdf]
  • Cardoso de Oliveira S, Hoffmann KP (1995) The corticotectal projection of the rat in vitro: Development, Anatomy and Physiological Characteristics. Europ. J. Neurosci. 7: 599-612 [pdf
  • Obst K, Kierstein G, Cardoso de Oliveira S, Wahle P (1995) Oligodendrocytes differentiate in organotypic cultures of rat visual cortex and myelinate efferent axons. J. Brain Res. 36: 209-217
  • Yousef T, Cardoso de Oliveira S, Hoffmann KP (1995) Demonstration of connections between cortex and superior colliculus in vitro by the use of biocytin and HRP. J. Brain Res. 36: 259-267
  • Klauer S (1991) The corticotectal projection of the rat established in organotypic slice culture. NeuroReport 2: 569-572 [pdf]
  • Klauer S, Sengpiel F, Hoffmann KP (1990) Visual response properties and afferents of nucleus of the optic tract in the ferret . Exp. Brain Res. 83: 178-189 [pdf]
  • Sengpiel F, Klauer S, Hoffmann KP(1990) Effects of early monocular deprivation on response properties and afferents of nucleus of the optic tract in the ferret. Exp. Brain Res. 83: 190-199 [pdf]


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