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Stroke: When the system fails for the second time

March 20, 2020

After a stroke, there is an increased risk of suffering a second one. Until now, it was unclear whether the brain is able to recover after a second attack, and whether the activation of the right hemisphere areas is supportive for the regeneration at all. Scientists at MPI CBS now found an answer by using virtual lesions.

A cat-and-mouse game: The brain has two systems for thinking about others’ thoughts

March 09, 2020

The brain seems to have two different systems through which we can put ourselves into the shoes of someone else. These two systems mature at different times such that only four-year-olds can understand what another person is thinking, and not, as some have assumed, one-year-olds. These are the findings from a new study in the journal PNAS.

A weak heart also damages the brain

February 25, 2020

What happens if the coordinate system of our brain, which measures our mental maps, is distorted? Under these circumstances there are also distortions in our spatial memory.

Videos, Podcasts and Events

Exchange 7Tesla MRI scanner - Farewell & New Beginning


For the first time in Germany, a 7 Tesla magnetic resonance scanner has been exchanged for research - insights into farewell in 2019 & new beginnings in 2020 and the technical challenges for neurophysics at MPI CBS.
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The Science of enjoyable Pop Songs


Why is it that people find songs such UB40’s “Red, Red Wine,” or The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” so irresistibly enjoyable? Study author Vincent K.M. Cheung explains what gives a song such power and why musical pleasure comes from the right combination of uncertainty and surprise.

The super brain scanner


The MRI scanner CONNECTOM is one of three of its kind worldwide. Thanks to its unparalleled gradient strength, it will reveal information about the inner wiring of the living human brain.

A glimpse into our Language Development Lab


This film invites you to get to know our Language Development Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

Discover our graduate school


Brain, language, and emotion – our international graduate programme, presented by PhD students and faculty.

Our TMS Lab


This video introduces the TMS lab of the research group Modulation of Language Networks. TMS – transcranial magnetic stimulation – is a non-invasive method to stimulate the brain.


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