LIN Staff

Dr. Max-Philipp Stenner

Head of Working Group

Behavioral Neurology

Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology
Brenneckestr. 6
39118 Magdeburg
Phone: +49 391 6263 92301
ORCID: 0000-0002-3694-1887

  • Research interests

    Research interests

    Throughout life, humans acquire precise, complex and flexible motor skills, e.g., when learning to use novel tools. We adjust these skills as the environment or our body changes, for example, when control over movements becomes restricted by paresis.
    I want to understand how motor control and perception interact for motor learning, how our subjective experience of control emerges from this interaction, and how the control and subjective experience of action is altered in neurological and psychiatric disorders.
    To this end, I combine behavioural paradigms with non-invasive and invasive human electrophysiology. This includes magnetoencephalography and electroencephalography in healthy individuals in addition to intracranial and spinal recordings in patients with neurological disorders. I also study how aspects of motor learning and a subjective experience of control are altered in neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including hereditary ataxia, Tourette’s syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD.

  • Curriculum vitae

    Curriculum vitae

    I have been a Freigeist Fellow since 2018 and Junior Research Group Leader at the LIN since 2017. 
    I have obtained my doctorate in cellular and molecular neuroimmunology in 2012 (with Prof Heinz Wiendl, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg; summa cum laude). I have since shifted my research focus in accordance with my long-standing enthusiasm for systems-level neuroscience. Following a 3.5 year postdoc period at University College London (Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging; with Prof Raymond Dolan, and in close collaboration with Prof Patrick Haggard), I first worked as a PostDoc at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, in parallel to completing the neurological training part of his clinical specialization, before starting my own research group on the basis of my Freigeist fellowship. I am a principle investigator in a project of the SFB 1436. Besides my enthusiasm for neuroscience and neurology, I am a passionate clarinetist.

  • Publications


    Chander BS, Deliano M, Azañón E, Büntjen L, Stenner M-P. 2022. Non-invasive recording of high-frequency signals from the human spinal cord. NeuroImage. 253:Article 119050.

    Buentjen L, Vicheva P, Chander BS, Beccard S-A, Coutts C, Azañón E, Stenner M-P, Deliano M. 2021. Spatial Filtering of Electroencephalography Reduces Artifacts and Enhances Signals Related to Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS). Neuromodulation : journal of the International Neuromodulation Society. 24(8):1317-1326.

    Schmidt S, Wagner G, Walter M, Stenner M-P. 2021. A Psychophysical Window onto the Subjective Experience of Compulsion. Brain Sciences. 11(2):1-14.

    Klimpke J, Henkel D, Heinze H-J, Stenner M-P. 2020. Altered Dynamics of Cortical Beta-Oscillations during Motor Learning in Cerebellar Ataxia. bioRxiv.

    Omprakash C, Razavizadeh S, Stenner M-P. 2020. A Visuomotor Model Enhances Human Position Sense. bioRxiv.

    Keute M, Stenner M-P, Mueller M-K, Zaehle T, Krauel K. 2019. Error-Related Dynamics of Reaction Time and Frontal Midline Theta Activity in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) During a Subliminal Motor Priming Task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 13:Article 381.

    Stenner M-P, Ostendorf F, Ganos C. 2019. Forward model deficits and enhanced motor noise in Tourette syndrome?. Brain. 142(10):e53.

    Keute M, Krauel K, Heinze HJ, Stenner MP. 2018. Intact automatic motor inhibition in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Cortex. 109:215-225.

    Stenner MP, Baumgaertel C, Heinze HJ, Ganos C, Müller-Vahl KR. 2018. Intact automatic motor inhibition in patients with tourette syndrome. Movement Disorders. 33(11):1800-1804.

    Ricciardi L, Haggard P, de Boer L, Sorbera C, Stenner MP, Morgante F, Edwards MJ. 2017. Acting without being in control: Exploring volition in Parkinson's disease with impulsive compulsive behaviours. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. 40:51-57.

    Stenner MP, Dürschmid S, Rutledge RB, Zaehle T, Schmitt FC, Kaufmann J, Voges J, Heinze HJ, Dolan RJ, Schoenfeld MA. 2016. Perimovement decrease of alpha/beta oscillations in the human nucleus accumbens. Journal of Neurophysiology. 116(4):1663-1672.

    Fiore VG, Rigoli F, Stenner MP, Zaehle T, Hirth F, Heinze HJ, Dolan RJ. 2016. Changing pattern in the basal ganglia: Motor switching under reduced dopaminergic drive. Scientific Reports. 6:Article 23327.

    Stenner MP, Haggard P. 2016. Voluntary or involuntary? A neurophysiologic approach to functional movement disorders. Hallett M, Stone J, Carson A, editors. In Functional Neurologic Disorders. Elsevier. pp. 121-129. (Handbook of Clinical Neurology).

    Stenner MP, Rutledge RB, Zaehle T, Schmitt FC, Kopitzki K, Kowski AB, Voges J, Heinze HJ, Dolan RJ. 2015. No unified reward prediction error in local field potentials from the human nucleus accumbens: Evidence from epilepsy patients. Journal of Neurophysiology. 114(2):781-792.

    Stenner MP, Litvak V, Rutledge RB, Zaehle T, Schmitt FC, Voges J, Heinze HJ, Dolan RJ. 2015. Cortical drive of low-frequency oscillations in the human nucleus accumbens during action selection. Journal of Neurophysiology. 114(1):29-39.

    Stenner MP, Bauer M, Heinze HJ, Haggard P, Dolan RJ. 2015. Parallel processing streams for motor output and sensory prediction during action preparation. Journal of Neurophysiology. 113(6):1752-1762.

    Azañón E, Stenner M-P, Cardini F, Haggard P. 2015. Dynamic tuning of tactile localization to body posture.Current Biology. 25(4):512-517.

    Bauer M, Stenner MP, Friston KJ, Dolan RJ. 2014. Attentional modulation of alpha/beta and gamma oscillations reflect functionally distinct processes. Journal of Neuroscience. 34(48):16117-16125.

    Stenner M-P, Bauer M, Heinze H-J, Haggard P, Dolan RJ. 2014. Enhanced alpha-oscillations in visual cortex during anticipation of self-generated visual stimulation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 26(11):2540-2551.

    Stenner MP, Bauer M, Machts J, Heinze HJ, Haggard P, Dolan RJ. 2014. Re-construction of action awareness depends on an internal model of action-outcome timing. Consciousness and Cognition. 25(1):11-16.
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