Michael Brecht


Bukhman YV, Meyer S, Chu LF, Abueg L, Antosiewicz-Bourget J, Balacco J, Brecht M, Dinatale E, Fedrigo O, Formenti G, Fungtammasan A. Chromosome level genome assembly of the Etruscan shrew Suncus etruscus. Scientific Data. 2024 Feb 7;11(1):176.



Longren LL, Eigen L, Shubitidze A, Lieschnegg O, Baum D, Nyakatura JA, Hildebrandt T, Brecht M (2023)
Dense reconstruction of elephant trunk musculature, Current Biology, ISSN 0960-9822,

Concha-Miranda M, & Brecht M (2023) TIME TO PLAY: PREFRONTAL SPECIALIZATIONS FOR PLAY BEHAVIOR. Aquém e Além do Cérebro, 149.

Gloveli N, Simonnet J, Tang W, Concha-Miranda M, Maier E, Dvorzhak A, Schmitz D and Brecht M (2023) Play and tickling responses map to the lateral columns of the rat periaqueductal gray. Neuron, S0896-6273.

Mugnaini M, Mehrotra D, Davoine F, Sharma V, Mendes AR, Gerhardt B, Concha-Miranda M, Brecht M (2023) Supra-orbital whiskers act as wind-sensing antennae in rats. PLoS Biol 21(7): e3002168.

Deiringer N, Schneeweiß U, Kaufmann LV, Eigen L, Speissegger C, Gerhardt B, Holtze S, Fritsch G, Göritz F, Becker R, Ochs A, Hildebrandt T, Brecht M (2023) The functional anatomy of elephant trunk whiskers. Commun Biol., 6(1):591. doi: 10.1038/s42003-023-04945-5. PMID: 37291455.

Tunçkol E, Purkart L, Eigen L, Vida I, & Brecht M (2023) Fiber counts and architecture of the human dorsal penile nerve. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 8862-8862.

Gerhardt B, Klaue K, Eigen L, Schwarz J, Hecht S, & Brecht M (2023) DiI-CT—A bimodal neural tracer for X-ray and fluorescence imaging. Cell Reports Methods.

Ritter C, Eigen L, Deiringer N, Laubscher L, & Brecht M (2023) Coevolution of rostrum and brain in pig species. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 1–15.

Kaufmann LV, Becker R, Ochs A, Brecht M (2023) Elephant banana peeling. Current Biology Volume 33, Issue 7, 2023, Pages R239-R258. ISSN 0960-9822.

Alonso-Nanclares L, Rodríguez JR, Merchan-Perez A, González-Soriano J, Plaza-Alonso S, Cano-Astorga N, Naumann RK, Brecht M, DeFelipe J (2023) Cortical synapses of the world's smallest mammal: an FIB/SEM study in the Etruscan shrew. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 531, 390– 414.


Kaufmann LV, Brecht M, Ishiyama S (2022) Tickle contagion in the rat somatosensory cortex. iScience, Volume 25, Issue 12, 2022,
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Kaufmann LV, Schneeweiß U, Maier E, Hildebrandt TB, Brecht M (2022) Elephant facial motor control. Science Advances, Vol 8, Issue 43. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abq2789.

Concha-Miranda M, Tang W, Hartmann K, Brecht M (2022) Large-scale mapping of vocalization-related activity in the functionally diverse nuclei in rat posterior brainstem. Journal of Neuroscience. 2022 Sep 16. doi:

Proelss S, Ishiyama S, Maier E, Schultze-Kraft M, Brecht M (2022) The human tickle response and mechanisms of self-tickle suppression. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B3772021018520210185.

Maier E, Brecht M (2022) Maternity: Oxytocin circuits during birth and lactation. Current Biology, Volume 32, Issue 17, 2022, Pages R921-R923, ISSN 0960-9822,

Bagi B, Brecht M, Sanguinetti-Scheck JI (2022) Unsupervised discovery of behaviorally relevant brain states in rats playing hide-and-seek. Current Biology, 2022, ISSN 0960-9822,

Sun S, Brecht M (2022) Relative enlargement of the medial preoptic area in the Etruscan shrew, the smallest torpid mammal. Research Square. Preprint. doi:

Tukker JJ, Beed P, Brecht M, Kempter R, Moser EI, Schmitz D (2022) Microcircuits for spatial coding in the medial entorhinal cortex. Physiol Rev, 2022.01.12, 102(2):653-688. doi: 10.1152/physrev.00042.2020.

Purkart L, Tuff JM, Shah M, Kaufmann LV, Altringer C, Maier E, Schneeweiß U, Tunckol E, Eigen L, Holtze S, Fritsch G, Hildebrandt T, Brecht M (2022) Trigeminal ganglion and sensory nerves suggest tactile specialization of elephants. Curr Biol, 2022 Jan 13;S0960-9822(21)01738-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.12.051.

Knop AJJ, Spengler S, Bogler C, Forster C, Brecht M, Haynes JD, Heim C (2022) Sensory-Tactile Functional Mapping and Use-Associated Structural Variation of the Human Female Genital Representation Field. Journal of Neuroscience 9 February 2022, 42 (6) 1131-1140; DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1081-21.2021.

Brecht M (2022) A cellular stapler for memories, Neuron, Volume 110, Issue 1, Pages 5-7,

Mugnaini M, Mehrotra D, Davoine F, Sharma V, Mendes AR, Brecht M, Clemens AM (2022) Supraorbital whiskers act as wind-antennae in rat anemotaxis. bioRxiv 2022.08.18.504295; Preprint. doi:

Geyer B, Erickson NA, Muller K, Grubel S, Hueber B, Hetz SK, Brecht M (2022) Establishing and Maintaining an Etruscan Shrew Colony. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci, 2022 Jan 1;61(1):52-60. doi: 10.30802/AALAS-JAALAS-21-000068. Epub 2021 Nov 12.


Andrea JJ Knop, Stephanie Spengler, Carsten Bogler, Carina Forster, Michael Brecht, John-Dylan Haynes, Christine Heim (2021) Sensory-Tactile Functional Mapping and Use-Associated Structural Variation of the Human Female Genital Representation Field. Journal of Neuroscience 2021.12.20, JN-RM-1081-21; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1081-21.2021.

Kaufmann LV, Brecht M, Ishiyama S (2021) Tickle contagion in the somatosensory cortex. bioRxiv; doi: 10.1101/2021.10.22.465426.

Brecht M, Hu H (2021) Editorial overview: The social brain. Curr Opin Neurobiol, 68:iii-v. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2021.06.001. PMID: 34183145.

Clemens AM, Brecht M (2021) Neural representations of kinship. Curr Opin Neurobiol, 68:116-123. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2021.02.007. Epub 2021 Apr 10. PMID: 33845346.

Ritter C, Maier E, Schneeweiß U, Wölk T, Simonnet J, Malkawi S, Eigen L, Tunckol E, Purkart L, Brecht M (2021) An isomorphic three-dimensional cortical model of the pig rostrum. J Comp Neurol, 529(8):2070-2090. doi: 10.1002/cne.25073. Epub 2020 Dec 3. PMID: 33225441.

Bernardi D, Doron G, Brecht M, Lindner B (2021) A network model of the barrel cortex combined with a differentiator detector reproduces features of the behavioral response to single-neuron stimulation. PLoS Comput Biol, 17(2):e1007831. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007831. PMID: 33556070; PMCID: PMC7895413.


Doron G, Shin JN, Takahashi N, Drüke M, Bocklisch C, Skenderi S, de Mont L, Toumazou M, Ledderose J,Brecht M, Naud R, Larkum ME (2020) Perirhinal input to neocortical layer 1 controls learning. Science, 370(6523):eaaz3136. doi: 10.1126/science.aaz3136.

Hartmann K, Brecht M (2020) A Functionally and Anatomically Bipartite Vocal Pattern Generator in the Rat Brain Stem. iScience, 23(12):101804. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2020.101804.

Ray S, Li M, Koch SP, Mueller S, Boehm-Sturm P, Wang H, Brecht M, Naumann RK (2020) Seasonal plasticity in the adult somatosensory cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 117(50):32136-32144. doi:10.1073/pnas.1922888117.

Beed P, Ray S, Velasquez LM, Stumpf A, Parthier D, Swaminathan A, Nitzan N, Breustedt J, Las L, Brecht M, Schmitz D (2020) Species-specific differences in synaptic transmission and plasticity. Sci Rep., 10(1):16557. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-73547-6.

Oostland M, Brecht M (2020) Kin-Avoidance in Cannibalistic Homicide. Front Psychol., 11:2161. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.02161. 

Maier E, Lauer S, Brecht M (2020) Layer 4 organization and respiration locking in the rodent nose somatosensory cortex. Journal of neurophysiology, 124(3). doi: 10.1152/jn.00138.2020. PMID: 32783591

Concha‐Miranda M, Hartmann K, Reinhold A, Brecht M, & Sanguinetti‐Scheck JI (2020) Play, but not observing play, engages rat medial prefrontal cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience.

Clemens AM, Wang H, & Brecht M (2020) The lateral septum mediates kinship behavior in the rat. Nature communications, 11(1), 1-11.

Sanguinetti-Scheck JI, & Brecht M (2020) Home, head direction stability, and grid cell distortion. Journal of Neurophysiology, 123(4), 1392-1406.

Purkart L, Sigl‐Glöckner J, & Brecht M (2020) Constant innervation despite pubertal growth of the mouse penis. Journal of Comparative Neurology.

Mooney R, & Brecht M (2020) Editorial overview: Neurobiology of behavior. Current opinion in neurobiology.


Sigl-Glöckner J, Maier E, Takahashi N, Sachdev R, Larkum M, & Brecht M (2019) Effects of sexual experience and puberty on mouse genital cortex revealed by chronic imaging. Current Biology, 29(21), 3588-3599.

Ebbesen CL, Bobrov E, Rao RP, & Brecht M (2019) Highly structured, partner-sex-and subject-sex-dependent cortical responses during social facial touch. Nature communications, 10(1), 1-16.

Ishiyama, S, Kaufmann, LV, and Brecht, M (2019) Behavioral and Cortical Correlates of Self-Suppression, Anticipation, and Ambivalence in Rat Tickling. Curr. Biol. 29 , 3153-3164

Reinhold AS, Sanguinetti-Scheck JI, Hartmann K, & Brecht M (2019) Behavioral and neural correlates of hide-and-seek in rats. Science, 365(6458), 1180-1183.

Rao RP, von Heimendahl M, Bahr V, & Brecht M (2019) Neuronal Responses to Conspecifics in the Ventral CA1. Cell Reports, 27(12), 3460-3472.

Bennett PJG, Maier E, & Brecht M (2019) Involvement of rat posterior prelimbic and cingulate area 2 in vocalization control. European Journal of Neuroscience.

Simonnet J, Brecht M (2019) Burst firing and spatial coding in subicular principal cells. Journal of Neuroscience, 1656-18.

Clemens AM, Lenschow C, Beed P, Li L, Sammons R, Naumann RK, Wang H, Schmitz D, Brecht M (2019) Estrus-cycle regulation of cortical inhibition. Current Biology, 29(4), R122-R125. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.01.045. PMID: 30744972


Clemens AM, Fernandez Delgado Y, Mehlman ML, Mishra P, Brecht M (2018) Multisensory and Motor Representations in Rat Oral Somatosensory Cortex. Sci Rep. 8(1):13556. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-31710-0.

Maier E, Brecht M (2018) Layer 4 barrel cortex neurons retain their response properties during whisker replacement. J Neurophysiol.  doi: 10.1152/jn.00333.2018.

Anzi S, Stolovich-Rain M, Klochendler A, Fridlich O, Helman A, Paz-Sonnenfeld A2, Avni-Magen N, Kaufman E, Ginzberg MB, Snider D, Ray S, Brecht M, Holmes MM5, Meir K, Avivi A, Shams I, Berkowitz A, Shapiro AMJ, Glaser B, Ben-Sasson S, Kafri R, Dor Y (2018) Postnatal Exocrine Pancreas Growth by Cellular Hypertrophy Correlates with a Shorter Lifespan in Mammals. Dev Cell 45(6):726-737.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2018.05.024.

Brecht M, Lenschow C, Rao RP (2018) Socio-sexual processing in cortical circuits. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 52:1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2018.04.003. Review.

Lee AK, Brecht M (2018) Elucidating Neuronal Mechanisms Using Intracellular Recordings during Behavior.  Trends Neurosci. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2018.03.014. Review.

Lenschow C, & Brecht M (2018) Physiological and Anatomical Outputs of Rat Genital Cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 28(4), 1472-1486.

Naumann R, Preston-Ferrer P, Brecht M, & Burgalossi A (2018) Structural modularity and grid activity in the medial entorhinal cortex. Journal of neurophysiology. doi/10.1152/jn.00574.2017.

Lauer SM, Schneeweiss U, Brecht M, & Ray S (2018) Visualization of Cortical Modules in Flattened Mammalian Cortices. Journal of visualized experiments: JoVE, (131). doi: 10.3791/56992.


Ebbesen CL, Brecht M (2017) Motor cortex - to act or not to act? Nat Rev Neurosci 18, 694-705. doi:10.1038/nrn.2017.119.

Schmidt H, Gour A, Straehle J, Boergens KM, Brecht M, Helmstaedter M (2017) Axonal synapse sorting in medial entorhinal cortex. Nature, 549(7673), 469.

Lenschow C, Sigl-Glöckner J, Brecht M (2017) Development of rat female genital cortex and control of female puberty by sexual touch. PLoS Biology, 15(9), e2001283.

Sigl-Glöckner J, Brecht M (2017) Polyploidy and the Cellular and Areal Diversity of Rat Cortical Layer 5 Pyramidal Neurons. Cell Reports, 20(11), 2575-2583.

Brecht M (2017) The Body Model Theory of Somatosensory Cortex. Neuron, 94(5), 985-992.

Lauer SM, Lenschow C, Brecht M (2017) Sexually selected size differences and conserved sexual monomorphism of genital cortex. Journal of Comparative Neurology.

Ray S, Burgalossi A, Brecht M, Naumann RK (2017) Complementary Modular Microcircuits of the Rat Medial Entorhinal Cortex. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 11.


Ishiyama S, Brecht M (2016) Neural correlates of ticklishness in the rat somatosensory cortex. Science 354(6313):757-760.

Ebbesen CL, Doron G, Lenschow C, Brecht M (2016) Vibrissa motor cortex activity suppresses contralateral whisking behavior. Nat Neurosci. doi:10.1038/nn.4437.

Doose J, Doron G, Brecht M, Lindner B (2016) Noisy Juxtacellular Stimulation In Vivo Leads to Reliable Spiking and Reveals High-Frequency Coding in Single Neurons. J. Neurosci. 36(43):11120.

Chorev E, Ferrer PP, Brecht M (2016) Representation of egomotion in rat's trident and E-row whisker cortices. Nat Neurosci. doi: 10.1038/nn.4363.

Ebbesen CL, Reifenstein ET, Tang Q, Burgalossi A, Ray S, Schreiber S, Kempter R, Brecht M (2016) Cell Type-Specific Differences in Spike Timing and Spike Shape in the Rat Parasubiculum and Superficial Medial Entorhinal Cortex. Cell Rep. 16(4):1005-15.

Ray S, Brecht M (2016) Structural development and dorsoventral maturation of the medial entorhinal cortex. Elife. 5. pii: e13343.

Tang Q, Burgalossi A, Ebbesen CL, Sanguinetti-Scheck JI, Schmidt H, Tukker JJ, Naumann R, Ray S, Preston-Ferrer P, Schmitz D, Brecht M (2016) Functional Architecture of the Rat Parasubiculum. J. Neurosci. 36(7):2289–2301. 

Reifenstein ET, Ebbesen CL, Tang Q, Brecht M, Schreiber S, Kempter R (2016) Cell-Type Specific Phase Precession in Layer II of the Medial Entorhinal Cortex. J. Neurosci. 36(7):2283–2288.

Lenschow C, Copley S, Gardiner JM, Talbot ZN, Vitenzon A, Brecht M (2016) Sexually Monomorphic Maps and Dimorphic Responses in Rat Genital Cortex. Curr Biol. 26(1):106-13. Epub 2015 Dec 24.


Tukker JJ, Tang Q, Burgalossi A, Brecht M (2015) Head-Directional Tuning and Theta Modulation of Anatomically Identified Neurons in the Presubiculum. J. Neurosci. 35(46):15391–15395.

Tang Q, Ebbesen CL, Sanguinetti-Scheck JI, Preston-Ferrer P, Gundlfinger A, Winterer J, Beed P, Ray S, Naumann R, Schmitz D, Brecht M, Burgalossi A (2015) Anatomical Organization and Spatiotemporal Firing Patterns of Layer 3 Neurons in the Rat Medial Entorhinal Cortex. J Neurosci. 35(36):12346-54.

Doron G, Brecht M (2015) What single-cell stimulation has told us about neural coding. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 370(1677).

Naumann RK, Ray S, Prokop S, Las L, Heppner FL, Brecht M (2015) Conserved size & periodicity of pyramidal patches in layer 2 of medial/caudal entorhinal cortex. J Comp Neurol. 524(4):783-806. doi: 10.1002/cne.23865. PMID: 26223342. PMC: PMC5014138

Ritter P, Born J, Brecht M, Dinse HR, Heinemann U, Pleger B, Schmitz D, Schreiber S, Villringer A, Kempter R. (2015) State-dependencies of learning across brain scales. Front Comput Neurosci. 9:1. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2015.00001. PMID: 25767445. PMC: PMC4341560

Lenschow C, Brecht M (2015) Barrel Cortex Membrane Potential Dynamics in Social Touch. Neuron 85(4):718-25.


Tang Q, Brecht M, Burgalossi A (2014) Juxtacellular recording and morphological identification of single neurons in freely moving rats. Nat Protoc 9:2369–2381.

Tang Q, Burgalossi A, Ebbesen CL, Ray S, Naumann R, Schmidt H, Spicher D, Brecht M (2014) Pyramidal and Stellate Cell-specificity of Grid and Border Representations in Layer 2 of Medial Entorhinal Cortex. Neuron 84(6):1191-7.

Brecht M (2014) Kognitive Kartographie: Die Neurophysiologen John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser und Edvard Moser erhalten den Nobel-Preis für Physiologie oder Medizin 2014. Neuroforum 4/14.

Jouhanneau JS, Ferrarese L, Estebanez L, Audette NJ, Brecht M, Barth AL, Poulet JFA (2014) Cortical fosGFP Expression Reveals Broad Receptive Field Excitatory Neurons Targeted by POm. Neuron 84(5):1065–1078.

Rao RP, Mielke F, Bobrov E, Brecht M (2014) Vocalization–whisking coordination and multisensory integration of social signals in rat auditory cortex. eLife 3:e03185.

Burgalossi A, von Heimendahl M, Brecht M (2014) Deep layer neurons in the rat medial entorhinal cortex fire sparsely irrespective of spatial novelty. Front. Neural Circuits 8:74.

Lee AK, Epsztein J, Brecht M (2014) Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings in freely moving animals. Methods Mol Biol. 1183:263-76.

Doron G, von Heimendahl M, Schlattmann P, Houweling AR, Brecht M (2014): Spiking Irregularity and Frequency Modulate the Behavioral Report of Single-Neuron Stimulation. Neuron 81(3):653-63.

Ray S, Naumann R, Burgalossi A, Tang Q, Schmidt H, Brecht M (2014): Grid-layout and Theta-modulation of Layer 2 Pyramidal Neurons in Medial Entorhinal Cortex. Science 343(6173):891-6.

Burgalossi A, Brecht M (2014) Cellular, columnar and modular organization of spatial representations in medial entorhinal cortex. Curr Opin Neurobil 24:47–54.

Bobrov E, Wolfe J, Rao RP, Brecht M (2014) The representation of social facial touch in rat barrel cortex. Curr Biol 24(1):109-15.


Brecht M, Hatsopoulos NG, Kaneko T, Shepherd GM (2013) Motor cortex microcircuits. Front Neural Circuits 7:196.

Brecht M, Ray S, Burgalossi A, Tang Q, Schmidt H, Naumann R (2013) An isomorphic mapping hypothesis of the grid representation.  SoPhil. Trans. R.c. 369(1635):20120521.

Beed P, Gundlfinger A, Schneiderbauer S, Song J, Böhm C, Burgalossi A, Brecht M, Vida I, Schmitz D (2013) Inhibitory Gradient along the Dorsoventral Axis in the Medial Entorhinal Cortex. Neuron 79(6):1197-207.

Thé L, Wallace ML, Chen CH, Chorev E, Brecht M (2013) Structure, function, and cortical representation of the rat submandibular whisker trident. J Neurosci 33(11):4815-24.

Feldmeyer D, Brecht M, Helmchen F, Petersen CC, Poulet JF, Staiger JF, Luhmann HJ, Schwarz C (2013) Barrel cortex function. Prog Neurobiol 103:3-27.


Brecht M (2012) Neuronal communication: firing spikes with spikes. Curr Biol 22(16):R633-5.

Chorev E, Brecht M (2012) In vivo dual intra- and extracellular recordings suggest bidirectional coupling between CA1 pyramidal neurons. J Neurophysiol 108(6):1584-93.

Anjum F, Brecht M (2012) Tactile experience shapes prey-capture behavior in Etruscan shrews. Front Behav Neurosci 6:28.

Herfst L, Burgalossi A, Haskic K, Tukker JJ, Schmidt M, Brecht M (2012) Friction-based stabilization of juxtacellular recordings in freely moving rats. J Neurophysiol 108(1): 697–707.   

Naumann RK, Anjum F, Roth-Alpermann C, Brecht M (2012) Cytoarchitecture, areas, and neuron numbers of the etruscan shrew cortex. J Comp Neurol 520(11):2512-30.  

von Heimendahl M, Rao RP, Brecht M (2012) Weak and Nondiscriminative Responses to Conspecifics in the Rat Hippocampus. J Neurosci 32(6):2129-2141.


Brecht M, Freiwald WA (2011) The many facets of facial interactions in mammals. Curr Opin Neurobiol 22(2):259-66

Wolfe J, Mende C, Brecht M (2011) Social facial touch in rats. Behavioral Neuroscience 125(6):900-910.

Brecht M, Naumann R, Anjum F, Wolfe J, Munz M, Mende C, Roth-Alpermann C (2011) The neurobiology of Etruscan shrew active touch. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 366(1581):3026-3036.

Brecht M (2011) Movement, Confusion, and Orientation in Frontal Cortices. Neuron 72(2):193-196.

Burgalossi A, Herfst L, von Heimendahl M, Förste H, Haskic K, Schmidt M, Brecht M (2011) Microcircuits of Functionally Identified Neurons in the Rat Medial Entorhinal Cortex. Neuron 70:773-786.

Epsztein J, Brecht M, Lee AK (2011) Intracellular Determinants of Hippocampal CA1 Place and Silent Cell Activity in a Novel Environment. Neuron 70:109-120.


Munz M, Brecht M, Wolfe J (2010) Active touch during shrew prey capture. Front. Behav. Neurosci 4:191.

Roth-Alpermann C, Anjum F, Naumann R, Brecht M (2010) Cortical Organization in the Etruscan Shrew (Suncus etruscus). J Neurophysiol. 104(5):2389-2406.

Simony E, Bagdasarian K, Herfst L, Brecht M, Ahissar E, Golomb D (2010) Temporal and spatial characteristics of vibrissa responses to motor commands. J Neurosci 30(26):8935-52.

Wolfe J, Houweling AR, Brecht M (2010)  Sparse and powerful cortical spikes. Curr Opin Neurobiol 20:306-12.

Houweling AR, Doron G, Voigt BC, Herfst LJ, Brecht M (2010) Nanostimulation: manipulation of single neuron activity by juxtacellular current injection. J Neurophysiol 103(3):1696-704.

Epsztein J, Lee AK, Chorev E, Brecht M (2010) Impact of Spikelets on Hippocampal CA1 Pyramidal Cell Activity During Spatial Exploration. Science 327:474-477.


Roth-Alpermann C, Brecht M (2009) Vibrissal touch in the Etruscan shrew. Opens external link in new windowScholarpedia, 4(11):6830.

Brecht M, Naumann R, Anjum F, Wolfe J, Munz M, Mende C, Roth-Alpermann C. The neurobiology of Etruscan shrew active touch. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366(1581):3026-36

Chorev E, Epsztein J, Houweling AR, Lee AK, Brecht M (2009) Electrophysiological recordings from behaving animals-going beyond spikes. Curr Opin Neurobiol 19(5):513-519.

Lee Albert K, Epsztein J, Brecht M (2009) Head-anchored whole-cell recordings in freely moving rats. Nature Protocols 4(3):385-392.


Voigt BC, Brecht M, Houweling AR (2008) Behavioral detectability of single-cell stimulation in the ventral posterior medial nucleus of the thalamus. J Neurosci  28(47):12362-12367.

Herfst LJ, Brecht M (2008) Whisker Movements evoked by stimulation of single motor neurons in the facial nucleus of the rat. J Neurophysiol 99:2821-2832.

Houweling A, Brecht M (2008) Behavioural report of single neuron stimulation in somatosensory cortex. Nature 451:65-68.

Brecht M, Schmitz D (2008) Rules of Plasticity. Science 319:39-40.


Brecht M (2007) Barrel cortex and whisker-mediated behaviors. Current Opinion Neurobiology 17(4):408-16.


Brecht M (2006) Good vibrations. Focus on "Texture Signals in Whisker Vibrations". J Neurophysiol 95:1307-1308.

Brecht M (2006) Cortical commands in active touch. Novartis Found Symp 270:38-48; discussion 48-58.

Brecht M, Grinevich V, Jin TE, Margrie T, Osten P. (2006) Cellular mechanisms of motor control in the vibrissal system. Pflugers Arch. - Eur. J Physiol. 453(3):269-281.

Lee AK, Manns ID, Sakmann B, Brecht M (2006) Whole-cell recordings in freely moving rats. Neuron 51:399-407.

Komai S, Denk W, Osten P, Brecht M, Margrie TW (2006) Two-photon targeted patching (TPTP) in vivo. Nature protocols 1:647-52.

Komai S, Licznerski P, Cetin A, Waters J, Denk W, Brecht M, Osten P (2006) Postsynaptic excitability is necessary for strengthening of cortical sensory responses during experience-dependent development. Nature Neuroscience 9:1125-1133.

Anjum F, Turni H, Mulder PG, van der Burg J, Brecht M (2006) Tactile guidance of prey capture in Etruscan shrews. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 103:16544-16549.


Grinevich, V, Brecht M, Osten P (2005) Monosynaptic Pathway from Rat Vibrissa Motor Cortex to Facial Motor Neurons Revealed by Lentivirus-Based Axonal Tracing. J Neurosci 25(36):8250-8258.

Feldman D, Brecht M (2005) Cortical map plasticity in somatosensory cortex. Science 310:810-815.

Brecht M, Schneider M, Manns I (2005) Silent neurons in sensorimotor cortices: Implications for plasticity. In Neural Plasticity in Adult Somatic Sensory-Motor Systems, F. Ebner, ed. (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press): 1-19.


Manns ID, Sakmann B, Brecht M (2004) Sub- and suprathreshold receptive field properties of pyramidal neurons in layers 5A and 5B of rat somatosensory barrel cortex. J Physiol 556:601-622.

Brecht M, Fee MS, Garaschuk O, Helmchen F, Margrie TW, Svoboda K, Osten P (2004). Novel approaches to monitor and manipulate single neurons in vivo. J Neurosci 24:9223-9227.

Brecht M, Schneider M, Sakmann B, Margrie TW (2004) Whisker movements evoked by stimulation of single pyramidal cells in rat motor cortex. Nature 427:704-710.

Jin T, Witzemann V, Brecht M (2004) Fiber types of the intrinsic whisker muscle and whisking behavior. J Neurosci 24:3386-3393.

Brecht M, Singer W, Engel A (2004) Amplitude and direction of saccadic eye movements depend on the synchronicity of collicular population activity. J Neurophysiol 92:424-432.

Brecht M (2004) What makes whiskers shake? Focus on "Current flow in vibrissa motor cortex can phase-lock with exploratory rhythmic whisking in rat". J Neurophysiol 92:1265-1266.

Petersen CCH, Brecht M, Hahn TTG, Sakmann B (2004)
Synaptic Changes in Layer 2/3 Underlying Map Plasticity of Developing Barrel Cortex. Science, 304(5671):  739-742

Brecht M, Krauss A, Muhammad S, Sinai-Esfahani L, Bellanca S, Margrie TW (2004) Organization of rat vibrissae motor cortex and adjacent areas according to cytoarchitectonics, microstimulation and intracellular stimulation of identified cells. J Comp Neurol 479:360-73.

Dittgen T, Nimmerjahn A, Komai S, Licznerski P, Waters J, Margrie TW, Helmchen F, Denk W, Brecht M, Osten P (2004) Lentivirus-based genetic manipulations of cortical neurons and their optical and electrophysiological monitoring in vivo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 101(52):18206-18211.


Margrie TW, Meyer AH, Caputi A, Monyer H, Hasan MT, Schaefer AT, Denk W, Brecht M. (2003) Targeted whole-cell recordings in the mammalian brain in vivo. Neuron 39:911-8.

Brecht M, Roth A, Sakmann B (2003) Dynamic receptive fields of reconstructed pyramidal cells in layers 3 and 2 of rat somatosensory cortex. J Physiol 553:243-265.


Brecht M, Sakmann B (2002) Whisker maps of neuronal subclasses in the rat ventral posterior medial (VPM) thalamus identified by whole-cell voltage recording and morphological reconstruction. J Physiol 538:495-515.

Margrie TW, Brecht M, Sakmann B (2002) In vivo low resistance whole-cell recordings from neurons in the anaesthetized and awake mammalian brain. Pflügers archive-Eur. J Physiol 444:491-498.

Brecht M, Sakmann B (2002) Dynamic representation of whisker deflection by postsynaptic potentials in morphologically reconstructed spiny stellate and pyramidal cells in the barrels and septa of layer 4 in rat somatosensory cortex. J Physiol 543:49-70.


Brecht M, Goebel R, Singer W, Engel AK (2001) Synchronization of visual responses in the superior colliculus of awake cats. Neuroreport 12:43-47.


Brecht M, Singer W, Engel AK (1999) Patterns of synchronization in the superior colliculus of anesthetized cats. J Neurosci 19:3567-3579.

Engel AK, Fries P, Roelfsema PR, Koenig P, Brecht M, Singer W (1999) Temporal binding, binocular rivalry, and consciousness. Consciousness and Cognition 8:128-151.

Engel AK, Fries P, Roelfsema PR, Koenig P, Brecht M, Singer W (1999) Does time help to understand consciousness? Conscious Cogn. 8(2):260-268


Brecht M, Singer W, Engel AK (1998) Correlation analysis of cortico-tectal interactions in the cat visual system. J Neurophysiol 79:2394-2407.

Engel AK, Brecht M, Fries P, Singer W (1998) Zeitliche Bindung und der Aufbau visueller Objektrepräsentationen. In: Kotkamp U, Krause W (Hrsg.) Intelligente Informationsverarbeitung. Deutscher Universitaetsverlag, Wiesbaden.


Brecht M, Preilowski B, Merzenich MM (1997) Functional architecture of the mystacial vibrissae. Behavioural Brain Research 84:81-97.

Engel AK, Roelfsema PR, Fries P, Brecht M, Singer W (1997) Binding and response selection in the temporal domain - a new paradigm for neurobiological research. Theory in Biosciences 116:196-221.

Engel AK, Roelfsema PR, Fries P, Brecht M, Singer W (1997) Role of the temporal domain for response selection and perceptual integration. Cerebral cortex 7: 571-582.


Brecht M, Engel AK (1996) Cortico-tectal interactions in the cat visual system. In: von der Malsburg C, von Seelen W, Vorbrueggen JC, Sendhoff B (Hrsg) Artificial Neural Networks - ICANN 96. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Bd. 1112. Springer, Berlin: 395-399


Brecht M (1994) Das Vibrissensystem der Ratte: Untersuchungen zu Morphologie, Tastverhalten und Wahrnehmung. Diplomarbeit, Uni Tuebingen.

Brecht M (1994) Zeitliche Kodierung im Colliculus Superior der Katze. Dissertation, Uni Tuebingen.


Brecht M (1993) A predictive theory of dolphin communication. Kybernetes 22: 39-53.

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