Renée Hartig, PhD Student

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Renée Hartig, PhD Student

Hometown: Long Island, New York, USA

Affiliation: Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) / MPI for Biological Cybernetics

What are you working on?
We are interested in localizing taste processing in the primate brain. Current literature of the primate, human and non-human, taste area does not exactly coincide. Thus, we aim to resolve the discrepancy of classical taste literature by using a combination of functional and anatomical methods.

How are you going to find out?
Localizing this sensory processing will be accomplished by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), psychophysical evaluation of taste stimuli and anatomical connectivity analyses.

What inspires you?
There are so many things from which I gain inspiration. Most recently, I've found people overcoming life struggles in such a way where they maintain a positive attitude throughout inspiring. These people have strong characters. These are not the people you hear complaining about their lives but rather savouring all the moments in life. This is something we should all be doing - treating life as a blessing. In this respect, no matter how hard things become, the fact that you still have life means you can never feel down about how things are going.

What do you enjoy in Tübingen?
Tübingen is better than I thought it would be. Simply judging from Wikipedia, the town is gorgeous and rich in German history. However, once you get here you realize that for a small, medieval town, Tübingen is so much more. Everyone is well-educated, affording many intellectual conversations as well as an opportunity to meet people from all over the world. So, if you ask me what I enjoy in Tübingen - it is definitely the atmosphere and its life.

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