The photo shown is a portrait. Ulman Lindenberger, Director of the Center for Lifespan Psychology and Vice President of the Human Sciences Section of the Max Planck Society, is in the foreground and is pictured up to chest level. He is smiling at the camera. An out-of-focus bookshelf can be seen in the background.

Ulman Lindenberger becomes a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has elected Ulman Lindenberger as a member of the Class of Social Sciences. Founded in 1739, the Academy is an independent organization whose overall objective is to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society, among other things by selecting candidates for the Nobel Prize.

How dangerous is digital media for democracy?

How dangerous is digital media for democracy?

One of the most contentious questions of our time is whether the rapid global uptake of digital media is contributing to a decline in democracy. While discussions on the risks of social media have received a great deal of media coverage, tech companies argue that findings are not conclusive. But they can certainly fuel polarization and populism. These are the findings of researchers from the MPI for Human Development in Berlin, the Hertie School, and the University of Bristol.
 

Listen! Birdsong is good for mental health

Listen! Birdsong is good for mental health

When you next hear cheerful twittering of birds, you should stop and listen. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) have shown that birdsong reduces anxiety and irrational thoughts. Their findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Berlin Research 50 (BR50) has founded an association

Berlin Research 50 (BR50) has founded an association

The non-university research institutions in Berlin will be working even more closely together in the future. The network Berlin Research 50 (BR50) was founded in 2020 and is now a registered and non-profit association. The declared goal remains to further develop and strengthen the Berlin research area. All Max Planck Institutes in Berlin are involved in BR50 and are members.

The Unread Stasi Files

The Unread Stasi Files

Many people choose not to read their Stasi files. How can this behavior be explained? And what are the implications for the collective approach to remembrance and transparency in post-dictatorial societies? A study by the MPI for Human Development and the Technical University of Dresden provides insights into these questions.

Walk in the nature

How does nature nurture the brain?

After a 60-minute walk in nature, activity in brain regions involved in stress processing decreases. This is the finding of a recent study by the Lise Meitner Group for Environmental Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, published in Molecular Psychiatry.

Ute Frevert is new President of the Max Weber Foundation

Ute Frevert is new President of the Max Weber Foundation

The Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, has appointed Ute Frevert the new president of the German Max Weber Foundation, effective from March 1, 2023. She replaces the Munich sinologist Hans van Ess and will be the first woman to head the foundation.

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Current Research Results


Lost dynamics and the dynamics of loss: Longitudinal compression of brain signal variability is coupled with declines in functional integration and cognitive performance
The politics of humiliation: A modern history.
Looking for a Different Medicine. Psychosomatic Medicine in the 20th Century.
An Integrated Model of Action Selection: Distinct Modes of Cortical Control of Striatal Decision Making
Kapitalismus, Märkte und Moral
Encounters with emotions: Negotiating cultural differences since early modernity
Sequential replay of non-spatial task states in the human hippocampus
Taming Uncertainty
Emotions and Modernity in Colonial India
Shared responsibility in collective decisions
Tech-fear
original
Body, Capital, and Screens: Visual Media and the Healthy Self in the 20th Century
Mächtige Gefühle
Classification in the Wild
The long-term proficiency of early, middle, and late starters learning English as a foreign language at school
Deliberate Ignorance: Choosing Not to Know
feeling different: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Federal Republic.
Sex - right!
Klick
Fluid Feelings
Zur Zukunft der Demokratie
Feeling Political.
Grüne fahren SUV und Joggen macht unsterblich
Cover of the book "Jahrbuch Deutsche Einheit 2022"

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One of the most contentious questions of our time is whether the rapid global uptake of digital media is contributing ...

When you next hear cheerful twittering of birds, you should stop and listen. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute ...

The Unread Stasi Files

September 26, 2022

Many people—including public figures such as Nobel Laureate Günter Grass, former West German chancellor Helmut ...

Events

Seminar: Nick Diakopolous

Nick Diakopolous, Northwestern University
May 23, 2023 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin

Seminar: Sydney Levine

Sydney Levine, Allen Institute for AI
May 9, 2023 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin

Seminar: Michiel Bakker

Michiel Bakker, MIT
Apr 18, 2023 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin

Seminar: Anthropomorphic robot design

Linda Onnasch, Technische Universität Berlin
Mar 21, 2023 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin

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