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Mapping knowledge - how the brain’s navigation system extracts meaning

September 16, 2020

How is conceptual knowledge represented in the brain such that we can flexibly use it to interpret unfamiliar information or to infer relations we’ve never directly experienced? One means of organizing conceptual knowledge would be in a kind of internal map. Thus, in order to use a map-like representation to transfer meaning to novel information via similarity to familiar exemplars, the map would have to be dynamically defined along those feature dimensions that are currently relevant to the concept.
Stephanie Theves and Christian Doeller together with Guillén Fernández of the Donders Institute Nijmegen, have now shown such a distinction between conceptually relevant and overall features for the mapping function of the hippocampus.

Using personal frequency to control brain activity

August 17, 2020

Individual frequency can be used to specifically influence certain areas of the brain and thus the abilities processed in them - solely by electrical stimulation on the scalp, without any surgical intervention. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have now demonstrated this for the first time.

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.

Videos, Podcasts and Events


Exchange 7Tesla MRI scanner - Farewell & New Beginning

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Our TMS Lab

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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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