Max Planck Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
The Leipzig Max Planck Institute of Cognitive NeuroScience was established on 1 October 1994 and was inaugurated on 12 September 1995. Until completion of the new institute building, it was located in the former premises of the Reclam publishing house on Leipzig's Inselstrasse. The two scientific departments within the Institute were led by the two founding directors Professor Angela D. Friederici (Neuropsychology) and Professor D. Yves von Cramon (Neurology).
Max Planck Institute of Psychological Research
The former Max Planck Institute of Psychological Research, which provided the second strand of today’s Institute, was established in 1981 at Amalienstrasse 33 in Munich. The former Institute's building now hosts the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law as well as the Max Planck Digital Library. Founding director Professor Franz Emanuel Weinert headed the Department of Developmental Psychology, which gained an international reputation through its eminent research into the development of cognitive abilities of children and youth. From 1990, a second department, headed by Professor Wolfgang Prinz, focused on cognitive psychology and examined the cognitive bases of perception and action.