• Henning Scheich
  • Prof. Dr. Henning Scheich
  • Prof. Dr. Henning Scheich
  • Autoren: Prof. Dr. Henning Scheich, Dr. Angela Kolodziej (Leibniz Institut für Neurobiologie, Magdeburg)

The Neocortex: Ontogeny and Phylogeny (Nato Science Series A:)


In a study ran by Peter Heil, Gilles Bronchti, Zvi Wollberg, and Henning Scheich it was noted that naturally blind mole rats receive strong auditory input to the Dorsal Lateral Geniculate Body. This is important because it shows that naturally the visual cortex will receive input from the auditory system, in mammals like the blind mole. Therefore it would not be unrealistic for it to happen in blind humans.

For many years, it had been suspected that Monotremes had a "sixth sense" associated with their unique bills and beaks. Henning Scheich discovered electroreception in O. anatinus when he and his colleagues placed two batteries, one charged and one dead, beneath two bricks in a tank of water (Moyal 189). The platypus overturned the brick that was covering the charged battery, but did not overturn the brick that was covering the dead battery (Moyal 189). Scheich further explored platypus electroreception by placing a charged battery and a dead battery behind a mesh screen. Since the platypus swims with its mouth, ears, and eyes shut, it was evident that electroreception played a major part in navigation. The platypus avoided the mesh barrier that was in front of the charged battery but ran into the mesh barrier that was in front of the dead battery (Moyal 189).


Michael Brosch, Eike Budinger, Henning Scheich

Henning Scheich (born 12 May 1942 in ) is a German brain researcher and naturalist. He was director of the until 2010 and head of department in the same institute until 2013; since 2014 is leading an emeritus group there. He has contributed substantially to research on the brain mechanisms of perception, behaviour and their adaptability. Furthermore, within the framework of the , he has exerted a major influence on the German research landscape.