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Machine+Behavior Conference in April

As the rise of AGI and large language models like GPT-4 reshape our world, we're faced with pressing questions: How do we ensure behavioral AI safety? What does the future of work and human communication look like? And how can we guide cultural shifts in this new age? This event is not just a meeting of minds but a call to action. We aim to collaboratively chart research priorities, foster community ties among machine behavior enthusiasts, and lay the groundwork for future engagements.

portrait Viktor Müller

Inter-Brain Synchronization: "My fascination with the topic continues to this day!"

During collaborative music-making, kissing, or playing chess, the brains of those involved connect, and their brain waves synchronize. Biologist Viktor Müller co-discovered the phenomenon of so-called inter-brain synchronization and dedicated almost his entire career to its exploration. In this interview, he shares insights into his research, its most significant findings, and why he would always choose this fascinating research topic again. 

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New MRIs MAGNETOM Terra.X (7 Tesla) and MAGNETOM Cima.X (3 Tesla) - planned for the Campus of Cognition

The Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) is expanding its research infrastructure in the field of cognitive neuroscience with the purchase of additional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners from Siemens Healthineers.

The photo shows Julia Wambach (female) smiling in front of a concrete-like wall, which is divided diagonally and painted white in the upper right half. She is wearing a black cardigan over a black T-shirt and has short, loose brown hair.

"This is us" - Questions for Julia Wambach

Our institute has over 300 employees. But that is just a number. Who are the people at our institute? What do they do and what drives them? In the latest "This is us" format we introduce Julia Wambach.

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Collective intelligence can help reduce medical misdiagnoses

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology developed a collective intelligence approach to increase the accuracy of medical diagnoses. Their work was recently presented in the journal PNAS.
 

Portrait Laurel Raffington

Measuring the “long-arm” of childhood

A new study indicates that children who grow up in socially disadvantaged families tend to have epigenetic profiles associated with poorer outcomes in adults. In this interview, first author Laurel Raffington contextualizes the study results and speaks about future research projects. She also speculates about what her research implies for the current debate on basic child financial security (“Kindergrundsicherung”) in Germany.

We Mourn the Loss ofGert G. Wagner 

We Mourn the Loss of
Gert G. Wagner 

Gert G. Wagner, Max Planck Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, died on January 28, 2024, at the age of 71. "We bid farewell to a highly respected scientist, esteemed colleague and amiable person. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Gert, because he was one of the most curious, open-minded and least dogmatic people I know," says Managing Director Ralph Hertwig.

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Current Research Results


Cover of the Book The integrity of dopaminergic and noradrenergic brain regions is associated with different aspects of late-life memory performance
The title of the book is Does prefrontal connectivity during task switching help or hinder children’s performance
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Cover of the book "Jahrbuch Deutsche Einheit 2022"
Grüne fahren SUV und Joggen macht unsterblich
Feeling Political.
Zur Zukunft der Demokratie
Fluid Feelings
Lost dynamics and the dynamics of loss: Longitudinal compression of brain signal variability is coupled with declines in functional integration and cognitive performance
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Sex - right!
feeling different: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Federal Republic.
Deliberate Ignorance: Choosing Not to Know
The long-term proficiency of early, middle, and late starters learning English as a foreign language at school
Classification in the Wild
Mächtige Gefühle
Body, Capital, and Screens: Visual Media and the Healthy Self in the 20th Century
The politics of humiliation: A modern history.
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Events

Seminar: Augmenting Humans

Misha Sra, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jun 11, 2024 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin, Room: Small Conference Room

Seminar: A mathematical description of decision making processes involving norms and its experimental validation

Anxo Sánchez, Charles III University of Madrid
May 21, 2024 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin, Room: Large Conference Room

Seminar: Emilio Calvano

Emilio Calvano, Tor Vergata University
May 14, 2024 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin, Room: Large Conference Room

Machine+Behavior Conference

Apr 29, 2024 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Apr 30, 2024 04:00 PM
Harnack-Haus Berlin

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