People at the Max Planck School of Cognition

September 05, 2018

Fellows

Katrin Amunts

Katrin Amunts


Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf & Forschungszentrum Jülich
Research interests: • development of a multilevel, multimodal atlas of the human brain • cytoarchitectonic, molecular and fiber architecture of the brain • image analysis, high-performance computing and big data analytics • Brain function and behavior • ethics
Elisabeth  Binder

Elisabeth Binder


Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich
Research interests: • molecular basis of mood and anxiety disorders using genome-wide technologies • stress response and early adverse experience in human and cell models • mechanisms of gene x environment interactions in psychiatry• epigenetic mechanism relevant for psychiatric risk
Nicole Boivin

Nicole Boivin


Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena
Research interests: • prehistory and human evolution • human dispersals and migrations • cultural and biological adaptations of human populations • material culture and its role in human society, cognition and evolution
Michael Brecht

Michael Brecht


Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Research interests: • active touch and object recognition • social and sexual touch • cortical organization • cellular basis of sensations and movement generation • hippocampal and parahippocampal activity linked to spatial navigation
Christian Büchel

Christian Büchel


Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
Research interests: • neural mechanisms underlying pain, reward, fear and decision processes • high resolution fMRI techniques including spinal fMRI • parallel EEG-fMRI to combine high spatial with high temporal resolution • computational modelling to combine behavior with imaging/EEG
Alon Chen

Alon Chen


Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry, Munich
Research interests: • neurobiology of stress • stress regulation • stress-related gene interaction with psychiatric disorders
Christian Doeller

Christian Doeller


Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Research interests: • cognitive neuroscience of memory, navigation, perception, knowledge, learning & decision making • population coding in hippocampal formation; neural metric of cognitive spaces • structure-function mapping; brain oscillations • (high-field) fMRI, MEG, virtual reality, machine learning • translational neuroscience: Alzheimer’s disease; cognitive enhancement
Emrah Düzel

Emrah Düzel


German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg
Research interests: • dementias • memory • cognition • imaging •electrophysiology
Christoph Engel

Christoph Engel


Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn
Research interests: • experimental law and economics • behavioral law and economics • legal theory • economic law
Peter Falkai

Peter Falkai


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Research interests: • identification of candidate pathways for the pathophysiology of schizophrenia • brain plasticity across the psychosis spectrum • recovery trajectories in psychotic disorders • neurobiological, cognitive and clinical effects of aerobic exercise
Simon E. Fisher

Simon E. Fisher


Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
Research interests: • identification of genes involved in speech, language and reading • functional analyses of language-related genes in cellular and animal models • brain imaging genomics • genetics of synaesthesia
Angela D. Friederici

Angela D. Friederici


Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Research interessts: • neurocognition of language processing and language acquisition • second language learning • modulation of language networks • structural brain basis of language
Pascal Fries

Pascal Fries


Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, Frankfurt am Main
Research interests: • rhythmic neuronal synchronization and its cognitive functions • selective attention; stimulus-repetition based learning • in-vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics in awake primates • large-scale high-density electrophysiology with polyimide-based flexible probes • magnetoencephalography (MEG) and psychophysics in human subjecsts
Russell Gray

Russell Gray


Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena
Research interests: • computational evolutionary methods • linguistic prehistory • animal cognition • philosophy of biology • evolution of human and animal behavior
Philipp Gunz

Philipp Gunz


Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Research interests: • evolution and development of the brain • study of fossil hominins, extant humans and non-human primates • micro-computed tomography, MRI, statistical shape analysis based on landmarks (geometric morphometrics)
Patrick Haggard

Patrick Haggard


Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, London (UK)
Research interests: • cognitive and neural mechanisms of human voluntary action • sense of agency and response-outcome learning • neurophysiological mechanisms of conscious experience • somatosensory perception • sensorimotor basis of self-awareness
Peter Hagoort

Peter Hagoort


Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
Research interests: • neurobiology of language • neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG, TMS) • computational modeling • memory/unification • virtual reality
John-Dylan Haynes

John-Dylan Haynes


Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Research interests: • functional neuroimaging of visual and executive processes in humans • multivariate neuroimaging methods and brain reading • intentions, volition and free will • neurotechnology
Hauke R. Heekeren

Hauke R. Heekeren


Freie Universität Berlin
Research interests: • decision neuroscience • cognitive and affective components in normal and disturbed social cognition • fMRI • NIRS • EEG • TMS
Christine Heim

Christine Heim


Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Research interests: • developmental psychobiology • neurobiology of depression & anxiety disorders • psychoneuroendocrinology of functional somatic syndromes • neural correlates of stress and emotion • interactions of stress and dispositional factors across development • models of bounded rationality
Hans-Jochen Heinze

Hans-Jochen Heinze


Universitätsklinik für Neurologie, Otto-von- Guericke-Universität, Magdeburg
Research interests: • visual attention • processing of rewards • behavioral neurology • memory • consciousness • fMRI
Ralph  Hertwig

Ralph Hertwig


Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Reserch interests: • mechanisms of bounded rationality and in particular models of heuristics • mechanism of collective intelligence • mechanisms of learning, sampling and experienced-based decision making • boosting people’s decision making skills • how decision making and preferences change across the lifespan
Jürgen Jost

Jürgen Jost


Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig
Research interests: • general theory of complex systems • cognition and neurosciences • theoretical and mathematical biology • geometry, analysis and theoretical physics • dynamical systems and network analysis • economics and social sciences • philosophy, history of science, visual arts
Gerd  Kempermann

Gerd Kempermann


German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) & Technische Universität Dresden
Research interests: • adult hippocampal neurogenesis and its activity-dependent regulation • neurobiology of individuality • testing of neurogenesis-related functions in humans
Arthur Konnerth

Arthur Konnerth


Technische Universität München
Research interests: • behavior-related neuronal signaling in cortical circuits • dendritic spine function and signal integration • neuronal dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease • high-resolution optical imaging in vitro and in vivo

Ulman Lindenberger

Ulman Lindenberger


Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Research interests: • behavioral and neural plasticity across the lifespan • brain-behavior relations across the lifespan • lifespan developmental theory • multivariate developmental methodology • formal models of behavioral change
Nikos Logothetis

Nikos Logothetis


Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
Research interests: • neural mechanisms of perception and object recognition • multimodal methodological approach • electrical stimulation and fMRI • neural event triggered fMRI for the study of inter-structure interactions
Winfried Menninghaus

Winfried Menninghaus


Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main
Research interests: • philosophical, empirical (psychological) and evolutionary aesthetics • classical rhetoric and poetics (Greek and Latin) • literature and poetics from 1750 until present with a particular focus on German romanticism
Antje  Meyer

Antje Meyer


Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
Research interests: • individual differences in language skills • using language in conversation • relationship between language production and comprehension • computational models of speaking and listening
Klaus-Robert Müller

Klaus-Robert Müller


Technische Universität Berlin
Research interests: • statistical learning theory for neural networks, support vector machines and ensemble learning techniques • deep learning • analysis of biomedical data: brain computer interfacing, genomic data analysis, computational chemistry and atomistic simulations
Michael  Pauen

Michael Pauen


Berlin School of Mind and Brain & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Research interests: • philosophy of mind • consciousness, self-consciousness and free will • ethical consequences of neuroscientific research
Michael  Petraglia

Michael Petraglia


Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena
Research interests: • human evolution • the evolution of hominin cognition and stone tool analysis • relations between climate change and human adaptations
David Poeppel

David Poeppel


Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main
Research interests: • brain basis of speech perception and language comprehension • auditory cognition and music • multisensory perception • the temporal structure of perceptual experience • cognitive neuroscience and its foundations
Brigitte  Röder

Brigitte Röder


Universität Hamburg
Research interests: • multisensory action control • neuroplasticity: functional and structural changes in the brain due to development, perceptual-cognitive training, physical exercising, traumatic events such as sensory deprivation/differentiation • age dependence of the brain’s capacity to reorganize • behavioral and electrophysiological measures • fMRI • TMS
Caroline  Rowland

Caroline Rowland


Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (The Netherlands) & University of Liverpool, Liverpool (UK)
Research interests: • environmental effects on child language acquisition • individual and cross-linguistic variation in language acquisition • neuro-cognitive models of lexical and grammatical development • constraints and biases on the language acquisition mechanism • multi-ethodological approaches to child language acquisition
Klaus Scheffler

Klaus Scheffler


Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
Research interests: • functional and structural ultra-high field MRI methods development • ultra-high field human and animal functional and structural imaging • combined optical (optogenetics, Ca, intrinsic optical) and MR acquisition
Erich  Schröger

Erich Schröger


Universität Leipzig
Research interests: • human information processing underlying perception, attention, and action • behavioral electroencephalographic and eye-movement measures
Tania  Singer

Tania Singer

Currently on sabbatical leave

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Research interests: • social cognition and emotions (empathy, compassion, theory of mind) • psychopathology of the social brain and social development • neuroeconomics and social decision making • plasticity of the social brain and contemplative mental training
Arno Villringer

Arno Villringer


Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Research interests: • vascular risk factors leading to stroke and functional recovery • effect of brain lesions on brain architecture • brain plasticity after stroke • multimodal imaging
Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann

Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann


Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main
Research interests: • aesthetics of music (historical, transcultural and empirical perspectives) • music and meaning • understanding music • aesthetic experience in music
Nikolaus  Weiskopf

Nikolaus Weiskopf


Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Research interests: • characterizing functional and anatomical microstructure of the human brain inc. in-vivo histology • developing methods for high-resolution anatomical and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) • biophysical modeling of MR contrast • MR image processing and analysis • validating MRI methods using advanced post-mortem histology (3D microscopy, PIXE)
Thomas  Wiegand

Thomas Wiegand


Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute & Technische Universität Berlin
Research interests: • image and video coding • data compression •signal processing • image processing • communications
Carsten  Wotjak

Carsten Wotjak


Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich
Research interests: • animal models of fear and anxiety disorders • biological basis of stress-related psychopathology • role of the endocannabinoid system in fear, anxiety and cognition • cognitive performance in mouse models of psychiatric / neurological disorders • cognitive enhancement / extinction and erasure of traumatic memories

The fellows supervise students at the different partner institutes and support their training within the Max Planck School of Cognition through courses, workshops, and a close mentoring relationship during their research project.

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