Press releases

Virtual "moonwalk" for science reveals distortions in spatial memory

November 18, 2019

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.

The Science of a Billboard Hit Song

November 08, 2019

Scientists found that musical pleasure comes from the right combination of uncertainty and surprise.

Can our thoughts alter our brains?

November 05, 2019

Brain-computer interfaces have a structural impact on brain substance after one hour’s training.

Videos, Podcasts and Events

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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