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Current Research Results

Kommunikation im Musikleben. Harmonien und Dissonanzen im 20. Jahrhundert

MPRG "Felt Communities? Emotions in European Music Performances"

Müller, S. O., Osterhammel, J., & Rempe, M. (Eds.). (2015). Kommunikation im Musikleben. Harmonien und Dissonanzen im 20. Jahrhundert (312 pp.). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. ISBN 978-3-525-30070-1

How did musical interactions impact communication and understanding between groups and individuals in the 20th century? This book presents case studies from different musical genres, providing new insights into general as well as genre-specific instances of musical communication. ...

Kommunikation im Musikleben ( S. O. Mueller, J. Osterhammel & M. Rempe) | Cover

The Moral Economy Of Trust: Modern Trajectories

History of Emotions

Frevert, U. (2014). The moral economy of trust: Modern trajectories (Annual Lecture / German Historical Institute 2013). London: German Historical Institute.

What can a history of trust reveal about history at large? From a history of emotions perspective, trust has undergone a remarkable shift of meaning in the past two centuries. …

The Moral Economy Of Trust: Modern Trajectories (Ute Frevert) | Buchcover

Demokratiepädagogik und Schulreform


Edelstein, W. (Author), Beutel, W., Edler, K., & Rademacher, H. (Eds.) (2014). Demokratiepädagogik und Schulreform. Schwalbach/Ts.: Wochenschau-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-89974974-8

Based on the finding that a contemporary school reform without democracy educational foundation is unthinkable and democracy education is also a challenge for current school development, the contributions gathered here by Wolfgang Edelstein bundle the various facets of this relationship ...

Demokratiepaedagogik und Schulreform (Wolfgang Edelstein) | Buchcover

Ecologically Rational Choice and the Structure of the Environment

Adaptive Rationality

Pleskac, T., & Hertwig, R. (2014). Ecologically rational choice and the structure of the environment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(5), 200-2019.

In life, risk is reward and vice versa. Unfortunately, the big rewards people desire are relatively unlikely to occur. This relationship between risk and reward or probabilities and payoffs seems obvious to the financial community and to laypeople alike. Yet theories of decision making have largely ignored it. We conducted an ecological analysis of life’s gambles, ranging from …

Ecologically Rational Choice and the Structure of the Environment | Journal cove

Human Cognitive Aging: Corriger la Fortune?

Lifespan Psychology

Lindenberger, U. (2014). Human cognitive aging: Corriger la fortune? Science, 346(6209), 572–578. doi: 10.1126/science.1254403

Human cognitive aging differs between and is malleable within individuals. In the absence of a strong genetic program, it is open to a host of hazards, such as vascular conditions, metabolic syndrome, and chronic stress, but also open to protective and enhancing factors, such as experience-dependent cognitive plasticity …

Science (31 October 2014) | Journal cover

Cognitive processing and motor execution in the lexical decision task: A developmental study

MPRG "Reading Education and Development (REaD)"

Schroeder, S., & Verrel, J. (2014). Cognitive processing and motor execution in the lexical decision task: A developmental study. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 496-504. doi:10.3758/s13423-013-0509-x

We investigated lexical decision making in children and adults by analyzing spatiotemporal characteristics of responses involving a hand movement. Children’s and adults’ movement trajectories were assessed in three tasks: a lexical decision task (LDT), a pointing task that involved minimal cognitive processing, and a symbol task requiring a simple binary decision.

Cognitive Processing and Motor Execution (Springer) | Journal cover

100 Years Hellmut Becker (1913-2013)


Kerstin Singer und Ute Frevert: „100 Jahre Hellmut Becker (1913-2013) – Dokumentation der Ausstellung zu Leben und Werk im Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung“, Online-Publikation, Oktober 2014, DOI: 10.14280/08241.29

The year 2013 was of great significance for the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. The Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary. One man holds a special place in the Institute’s history: Founding director Hellmut Becker, was born 100 years ago, on 17 May 1913. To mark the Institute’s anniversary celebrations in autumn 2013, an exhibition (in German) commemorated the life and work of Hellmut Becker. …

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Warum dick nicht doof macht und Gen-Mais nicht tötet

Harding Center for Risk Literacy

Bauer, T., Gigerenzer, G., & Krämer, W. (2014). Warum dick nicht doof macht und Gen-Mais nicht tötet. Über Risiken und Nebenwirkungen der Unstatistik (211 Seiten). Frankfurt a. Main: Campus. ISBN 978-3-593-50030-0

Shark attack fatalities double from 2010, women still earn less than men, genetically modified corn is carcinogenic, eating chocolate makes you thin, Poles work harder than Germans: Headlines like these circulate almost daily in the media, where the competition for attention is tough. …

Warum dick nicht doof macht und Genmais nicht toetet | Buchcover

No Smile Like Another: Adult Age Differences in Identifying Emotions that Accompany Smiles

MPRG "Affect Across the Lifespan"

Riediger, M., Studtmann, M., Westphal, A., Rauers, A., & Weber, H. (2014). No smile like another: adult age differences in identifying emotions that accompany smiles. Frontiers in Psychology, 5 (480), May, 2014. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00480

People smile in various emotional contexts, for example, when they are amused or angry or simply being polite. We investigated whether younger and older adults differ in how well they are able to identify the emotional experiences accompanying smile expressions, and whether the age of the smiling person plays a role in this respect. …

No smile like another (Riediger et al.) | Cover page

Risk Savy. How to Make Good Decisions

Adaptive Behavior and Cognition

Gigerenzer, G. (2014). Risk savvy: How to make good decisions. New York: Viking Books.
ISBN: 9780670025657

In the age of Big Data we often believe that our predictions about the future are better than ever before. But as risk expert Gerd Gigerenzer shows, the surprising truth is that in the real world, we often get better results by using simple rules and considering less information. ...

Risk Savy (Gerd Gigerenzer) | Cover

What Exactly Does Bildung Mean?

The filmmaker Reinhard Kahl takes a look at 50 years of the Institute's history (in German).

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