Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Dr. Anahit Babayan

Stephanstraße 1a

04103 Leipzig




Dr. Anahit Babayan

Dr. Anahit Babayan

Dr. Anahit Babayan


Scientific researcher


  • +49 341 9940-2496


  • +49 341 9940-2221


Main Focus


The “Mind-Body-Emotion” Group of the Neurology Department investigates the interaction of the brain and the rest of the body during emotional processing – with a special focus on potential modulators of cardio- and cerebrovascular health. For the ongoing “Leipzig Cohort for Mind-Body-Emotion Interactions” (LEMON), healthy participants are psychometrically characterized with respect to cognitive capacities and emotional or stress reactivity. In task-free (i.e., resting-state) and task-based measurements, the central nervous system of participants is comprehensively assessed using functional and structural neuroimaging (DWI, f/MRI, EEG). At the same time, activity in the autonomic nervous system is recorded (electrocardiogram and pulse, respiration, blood pressure) and endocrine markers in blood and hair are analysed. LEMON thereby comprises a joint protocol on which individual projects on diverse aspects of emotional processing build in a modular fashion.

“Mind-Body-Emotion” Group of the Neurology Department

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Education

2001 - 2005
BA in Economics
Haigazian University, Beirut, Lebanon
2005 - 2007
MA in International Affairs
Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon
2006 - 2007
Global Studies Master Program (Exchange Student)
University of Leipzig, Germany
2009 - 2013
PhD in Global Studies
University of Leipzig, Germany


2009 - 2012
Coordinator of International PhD Student Initiative
University of Leipzig
Coordinator of IMPRS NeurCom
MPI CBS Leipzig
since 2012
Coordinator at Neurology Department
MPI CBS Leipzig

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