David Richter (M.Sc.)

  • Applied Neurocognitive Psychology Lab
    Department of Psychology
    School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Carl-von-Ossietzky University
    26111 Oldenburg

    Phone: +49 (0) 441 / 798-5492
    Email: david.richter(at)uni-oldenburg.de

    Office: W30 1-116





Research Interests

In the classical view on how the human motor cortex generates voluntary movements the M1 controls the muscles in a somatotopic order according to Penfield's homunculus and premotor and supplementary motor areas are responsible for planning these movements. However, recent research in this field suggests that there is more than merely this classical view. Studies in monkeys, for instances, have shown that there might be a more complex coding of upper limb movements within the neural substrate of M1. Electrical stimulation of regions in M1 led to over-trained endpoint reaching movements giving rise to the idea of a coding of dynamic motor programs in the primary motor cortex. These programs might be represented by dynamic parameters (velocity, joint angle...), end-point dynamics (location in space...) and/or motor primitives. My research aims at finding these dynamic motor programs in the human motor cortex. Therefore, I use on the one hand markerless motion tracking systems to understand different grasping types on a purely physical level and on the other hand I use non-invasive (fMRI, MEG) and invasive (ECoG) recording techniques to analyse the neural representation of these grasping movements and their dynamic parameters.



from 2013
Research Assistant and PhD-Student, Department of Psychology, University of Oldenburg (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jochem Rieger)

Master of Science in Medical Systems Engineering, major Neuroscience and Medical Imaging
(Thesis: Decoding of complex hand movements from electrocorticographic signals)

ERASMUS Fellow at University of Edinburgh
(Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Supervisor: Dr. Cyril Pernet)

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, major Computer Engineering




Quandt F., Reichert C. Schneider B., Dürschmid S., Richter D., Hinrichs H., Rieger J.W. (2012) Fundamentals and Application of Brain-Machine Interfaces. Klinische Neurophysiologie 43 (2): 158-167 Abstract Download article (restricted access)


David Richter, Matthias Kennel, Edward F. Chang, Robert T. Knight, Jochem W. Rieger Functional anatomical organization of gestures in human sensory-motor electrocorticography, DEMOVE Symposium, Göttingen 11.-12.06.2015 url

David Richter, Matthias Kennel, Nathan E. Crone, Edward F. Chang, Robert T. Knight, Jochem W. Rieger Towards multi-class discrimination of complex hand gestures from electrocorticographic signals, BBCI Workshop - Advances in Neurotechnology, Berlin 17.-19.09.2012 url