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Different from a computer: Why the brain never processes the same input in the same way

July 22, 2020

The brain never processes the same information in the same way. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) have found out why this is the case and how it works. A decisive role plays a critical state of the neuronal networks.

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.

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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