III. Publications


M Manns M (2021) It Is Not Just in the Genes. Symmetry. 2021;13: 1815.

M Manns , Y El Basbasse, N Freund, S Ocklenburg (2021) Paw preferences in mice and rats: Meta-analysis. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 127:593-606.

M Manns, T Otto, L Salm (2021) Pigeons show how meta-control enables decision-making in an ambiguous world. Sci Rep 11(1):3838.

M Manns (2021) Laterality for the next decade: Costs and benefits of neuronal asymmetries – putting lateralization in an evolutionary context. Laterality  Feb 15:1-4.


S Letzner, M Manns, O Güntürkün (2020) Light-dependent development of the tectorotundal projection in pigeons. Eur J Neurosci 52(6):3561-3571.


M Manns (2019) Hemispheric Specialization. In: Vonk J., Shackelford T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1392-1


M Manns (2018) Visual Search. In: Vonk J., Shackelford T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer, Cham

M Manns, F Ströckens, P Stavenhagen, S Ocklenburg, M Manns (2018) Paw preferences in the Asian small clawed otter – Using an inexpensive, video based protocol to study laterality of rare species in the zoo. Laterality 26:1-16.


S Letzner, O Güntürkün, S Lor, R Pawlik, M Manns (2017)  Visuospatial attention in the lateralized brain of pigeons – a matter of ontogenetic light experiences. Scientific Reports 7(1):15547.

Manns, C. Krause, M. Gao (2017) It takes two to tango: hemispheric integration in pigeons requires both hemispheres to solve a transitive inference task. Animal Behaviour, 126:231-241.

Manns (2017) Unilateral lesions. In: Rogers L, Vallortigara G (eds.) Lateralized brain functions. Methods in Human and Non-Human Species Neuromethods Series. Springer, pp: 211-249.


S Ocklenburg, F Ströckens, J Bless,K Hugdahl, R Westerhausen, M Manns (2016) Investigating heritability of laterality and cognitive control in speech perception. Brain & Cognition, 109:34-39.

M Stacho, L Letzner , C Theiss, M Manns, O Güntürkün (2016) A GABAergic tecto-tegmento-tectal pathway in pigeons. J Comp Neurol. 524:2886-2913.

Freund, C. Valencia-Alfonso, J. Kirsch, K. Brodmann, M. Manns, O. Güntürkün (2016) Asymmetric Top-Down Modulation of Ascending Visual Pathways in Pigeons. Neuropsychologia 83:37-47.


Güntürkün, M. Stüttgen, M. Manns (2014) Pigeons (Columba livia) as a Model Organism in cognitive Neuroscience. Neuroforum 20(4):287-294.

Güntürkün, M. Stüttgen, M. Manns (2014) Die Taube (Columba livia) als Modellorganismus in der kognitiven Neurowissenschaft. Neuroforum 04/2014

Manns, F. Ströckens (2014) Functional and structural comparison of visual lateralization in birds – similar but still different. Front Psychol. 2014 Mar 25;5:206. eCollection 2014.

Letzner, N. Patzke, J. Verhaal, M. Manns (2014) Shaping a lateralizedbrain: Asymmetrical light experience modulates access to visual interhemispheric information in pigeons. Sci Rep 2014 Mar 3;4:4253.


Ströckens, N. Freund, M. Manns, S. Ocklenburg, O. Güntürkün (2013) Visual asymmetries and the ascending thalamofugal pathway in pigeons. Brain Struct Funct 218: 1197-1209.


Verhaal, J. Kirsch, I. Vlachos, M. Manns, O. Güntürkün (2012) Lateralized Reward-Related Visual Discrimination in the Avian Entopallium. Eur J Neurosci 35: 1337-43.

Manns, J. Roemling (2012) The impact of asymmetrical light input onto hemispheric specialization and cooperation. Nature Communications 3: 696.


Patzke, M. Manns, O. Güntürkün (2011) Telencephalic organization of the olfactory system in homing pigeons (Columba livia). Neuroscience 194:53-61.

Manns, O. Leske, S. Gottfried, Z. Bichler, P. Lafenetre, P. Wahle, R. Heumann (2011). Role of neuronal Ras activity in adult hippocampal neurogenesis and cognition. Front. Neurosci. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2011.00018.


Manns, Z. Bichler, O. Leske, R. Heumann (2010) Neuronal Ras activation inhibits adult hippocampal progenitor cell division and impairs spatial short term memory. Genes, Brain & Behav 9: 525-536.

Patzke, M. Manns, O. Güntürkün, P. Ioale, A. Gagliardo (2010) Navigation induced ZENK expression in the olfactory system of pigeons (Columba livia). Europ J Neurosci 31: 2062-2072.

Freund, M. Manns, J. Rose (2010) A method for the evaluation of intracranial Tetrodotoxin injections. J Neurosci Methods 186: 25-28.

Güntürkün, M. Manns (2010). The Embryonic Development of Visual Asymmetry in the Pigeon. In: Hugdahl K, Westerhausen R (eds.) The two halves of the brain – Information Processing in the Cerebral Hemispheres. MIT Press, Cambridge; pp: 121-142.


Manns M, O. Güntürkün (2009) Dual Coding of Visual Asymmetries in the Pigeon Brain – the Interaction of Bottom-up and Top-down Systems. Exp Brain Res. 199: 323-332.

Patzke, S. Ocklenburg, F.J. van der Staay, O. Güntürkün, M. Manns (2009) Consequences of different housing conditions onto brain morphology of laying hens. J Chem Neuroanat. 37: 141-148.


Manns, N. Freund, O. Leske, O. Güntürkün (2008) Breaking the balance: Ocular BDNF-injections induce visual asymmetry in pigeons. Develop Neurobiol 68: 1123-1134.

Heyers, M. Manns, H. Luksch, O. Güntürkün, H. Mouritsen (2008) Calcium-binding proteins label functional streams of the visuasystem in a songbird. Brain Res Bull 75: 348-355.

Freund, O. Güntürkün, M. Manns (2008) A morphological study of the nucleus subpretectalis of the pigeon. Brain Res Bull 75: 491-493.

Manns, N. Freund, O. Güntürkün (2008) Development of the diencephalic relay structures of the visual thalamofugal system in pigeons. Brain Res Bull 75: 424-427.


Heyers, M. Manns, H. Luksch, O. Güntürkün, H. Mouritsen (2007) A visual pathway links brain structures active during magnetic compass orientation in migratory birds. PloS One 9: e937.

Manns, N. Freund, N. Patzke, O. Güntürkün (2007) Organization of telencephalotectal projections in pigeons: Impact for lateralized todown control. Neuroscience 144: 645 – 653.


J.-U. Buschmann, M. Manns, O. Güntürkün (2006) “Let there be light!” Pigeon eggs are naturally exposed to light during breeding. Behav. Processes 73: 62-67.

Schulte, B. Diekamp, M. Manns, A. Schwarz, C. Valencia-Alfonso, J. Kirsch, O. Güntürkün, K. Folta (2006). Visual responses and afferent connections of the n. ventrolateralis thalami (VLT) in the pigeon (Columba livia). Brain Res. Bull. 68: 285-292.

Manns (2006). The Epigenetic Control of Asymmetry Formation – Lessons From the Avian Visual System. In: Malashichev Y, Deckel W. (eds.) Behavioral and Morphological Asymmetries in Vertebrates. Landes Bioscience, Georgetown; pp: 13 – 23.


Manns, O. Güntürkün (2005) Differential effects of ocular BDNF-injections onto the development of tectal cells characterized by calcium-binding proteins in pigeons. Brain Res. Bull. 66: 475-478.

Manns, O. Güntürkün, R. Heumann, A. Blöchl (2005) Photic inhibition of TrkB/Ras activity in the pigeon’s tectum during development: impact on brain asymmetry formation. Eur. J. Neurosci. 22: 2180-2186.

Manns (2005) The riddle of nature and nurture – lateralization has an epigenetic trait, commentary on Vallortigara, G. and Rogers, L. J., Survival with an asymmetrical brain: Advantages and disadvantages of cerebral lateralization, Behav. Brain Sci. 28: 602-603.

Manns (2005). The Epigenetic Control of Asymmetry Formation – Lessons From the Avian Visual System. Eureca Bioscience 1: 613 – 618.


Prior, B. Diekamp, O. Güntürkün and M. Manns (2004). Posthatch activity-dependent modulation of visual asymmetry formation in pigeons. NeuroReport 15: 1311-1314.

Hellmann, O. Güntürkün, M. Manns (2004) The Organization of the descending tectal projections in comparison to the ascending tectofugal pathway in the pigeon, J. Comp. Neurol. 472: 395-410.


Manns, Güntürkün O. (2003) Light experience induces differential asymmetry pattern of GABA- and parvalbumin-positive cells in the pigeon’s visual midbrain. J. Chem. Neuroanat. 25: 249-259.


Hellmann, M. Manns, O. Güntürkün (2001) Nucleus isthmi, pars semilunaris as a key component of the tectofugal visual system in pigeons. J. Comp. Neurol. 436: 153 – 166.


Güntürkün, B. Diekamp, M. Manns, F. Nottelmann, H. Prior, A. Schwarz, M. Skiba (2000) Asymmetry pays: visual lateralization improves discrimination success in pigeons. Curr Biol. 10: 1079-1081.


Manns, O. Güntürkün (1999) ‘Natural’ and artificial monocular deprivation effects on thalamic soma sizes in pigeons. NeuroReport 10: 3223-3228.

Manns, O. Güntürkün (1999) Monocular deprivation alters the direction of functional and morphological asymmetries in the pigeon’s visual system. Behav. Neurosi. 113: 1257-1266.


Manns, O. Güntürkün (1997) Development of the retino-tectal system in the pigeon: A cytoarchitectonic and Choleratoxin study. J. Anat. Embryol. 195: 539-555.


Manns, B. Fitzsch (1992) Retinoic acid affects the organization of reticulospinal neurons in developing Xenopus. Neurosci. Letters 139: 253-256.


Manns, B. Fitzsch (1991) The eye in the brain: Retinoic acid effects morphogenesis of the eye and pathway selection but not differentiation of the retina in Xenopus l. Neurosci. Letters 127: 150-154.