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Simone Kühn is new director at the Institute

Simone Kühn is a new director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and will lead the Center for Environmental Neuroscience starting in July 2024. She continues the work of her Lise Meitner Group for Environmental Neuroscience at the institute. Her focus is on investigating the effects of the physical environment on individuals and their brains. 

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„This is us“ – Questions to Max Jack

In our "This is us" format, colleagues answer questions about their work and their motivation.

In this episode, we introduce you to Max Jack. He is a researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions and focuses on social movements and subcultural groups. In this interview, he talks about his latest book, Insurgent Fandom, which deals with Ultrashardcore football fans.

Ute Frevert: "Internationally and nationally, we made quite a splash here."

Ute Frevert: "Internationally and nationally, we made quite a splash here."

Interview with Ute Frevert on the occasion of the conclusion of the research center for the History of Emotions – with an additional video on YouTube



Aaron Peikert and Anna Thoma were awarded the Otto Hahn Medal 2024 in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Humanities Section for their dissertation.

Every year, the Max Planck Society honors up to 30 young scientists for their outstanding scientific achievements. 

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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.

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Revisiting the History of Emotions

“Revisiting the History of Emotions”, edited by Ute Frevert and Kerstin Maria Pahl (Geschichte und Gesellschaft), brings together twelve scholars from such disciplines as history, cultural anthropology, sociology, and literary studies, to engage with the field’s directions and challenges in six co-written essays.

The artist Karim Ben Khelifa is standing in his exhibition.

Karim Ben Khelifa – Artist in Residence

The Artist & AI Residency at the Center for Humans and Machines bridges contemporary art and scientific exploration, fostering interdisciplinary connections between the arts and research.

Karim Ben Khelifa, an award-winning Belgian-Tunisian artist and director, will be joining the program from April to August 2024. 


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Insurgent Fandom. An Ethnography of Crowds and Unruly Sounds
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The politics of humiliation: A modern history.
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!
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Lost dynamics and the dynamics of loss: Longitudinal compression of brain signal variability is coupled with declines in functional integration and cognitive performance
Fluid Feelings
Zur Zukunft der Demokratie
Feeling Political.
Grüne fahren SUV und Joggen macht unsterblich
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The title of the book is Does prefrontal connectivity during task switching help or hinder children’s performance
Cover of the Book The integrity of dopaminergic and noradrenergic brain regions is associated with different aspects of late-life memory performance



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Ivar R. Hannikainen, University of Granada

Sep 17, 2024 02:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin, Room: Small Conference Room

Feedback-induced attitudinal changes in risk preferences

Stefano Palminteri, ENS Paris
Jul 18, 2024 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin, Room: ARC meeting room (199)

Exhibition by Brigitte Wengoborski | Diversity

Jul 4, 2024 07:00 PM (Local Time Germany) - Sep 15, 2024 07:00 PM
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Room: Foyer
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