People at the Max Planck School of Cognition

Fellows

Katrin Amunts

Katrin Amunts

Heinrich Heine University 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 University Berlin & Charité - University Medicine 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

University Medical Center 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 of 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 Maximilian University Munich
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 the Max Planck Society, Frankfurt/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

University College London, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, 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 University Berlin & Charité - University Medicine 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

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

Christine Heim

Charité - University Medicine 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

Otto von Guericke University, University Department for Neurology, 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), 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

Technical University of Munich
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
Antje S.  Meyer

Antje S. 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

Technical University of 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 University 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/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

University of 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 • 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, 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

University of Leipzig
Research interests: • human information processing underlying perception, attention, and action • behavioral electroencephalographic and eye-movement measures
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/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 & Technical University of 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.

 

Coordination Team

Dirk Mende

Dirk Mende

Liaison Officer for Educational Programs at Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Berlin School of Mind and Brain


 

E-Learning Team

Derek Ott

Derek Ott

E-Tutor for Functional Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology, and for Clinical Neuroscience
Luke Tudge

Luke Tudge

E-Tutor for Methods in Cognitive (Neuro-)Sciences, and Computational Neuroscience & Statistic
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