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Researchers are watching the brain memorizing rooms

June 26, 2020

A newly developed computer model makes it possible to observe the brain as it orients in space and remembers things.

Vegetarians are slimmer and less extroverted than meat eaters

June 12, 2020

The less animal products someone consumes, the lower his body mass index and the less he tends to be extroverted. This is the result of a large-scale study on the relation between nutrition, the body and the psyche.

Sofie Valk, what shapes our mind and brain?

May 27, 2020

She wants to understand how innate and the environmental factors shape our brain and ultimately our thoughts and feelings: Sofie Valk, head of the new research group "Cognitive Neurogenetics" at the MPI CBS. A conversation about how she wants to investigate the function of brain structure, how genes and environment make us who we are - and how challenges drive her personally.

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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