The MS Wissenschaft weighs anchor!

The MS Wissenschaft weighs anchor!

Cast off for the MS Wissenschaft! Since May 14,​ the floating science center of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research navigates around 30 ports in Germany and Austria between May and September. In the Science Year 2024, the focus is on the theme of freedom. The institute is represented multiple times. 

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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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.

New publication: “Insurgent Fandom”

New publication: “Insurgent Fandom”

As the most dedicated soccer fans, ultras support their team through collective singing, jumping, flag-waving, and lighting marine flares. While some characterize ultras as hooligans, author Max Jack argues that ultras' performative style of support is in part a protest informed by the ultras' constant friction with the state, the mainstream media, and the commercial priorities of sports' governing bodies.

Soňa Mikulová stands in front of a gray concrete wall. Her face is turned towards the camera.

“This is us”– Questions for Soňa Mikulová

In our “That's us” format, colleagues answer questions about their work and their motivation.

In this episode, we introduce you to Soňa Mikulová. She is a researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions and focuses on the emotional integration of Sudeten German expellees after 1945.

New publication: „Writing the history of emotions“

New publication: „Writing the history of emotions“

Writing the History of Emotions by Ute Frevert shows how emotions like love, trust, honour, pride, shame, empathy and greed have prompted historical change since the eighteenth century and were themselves dependent on social, political and economic developments. Importantly, this book provides a timely exploration of gendered, class-based notions of feeling. This exciting addition to Bloomsbury’s successful Writing History series analyses how emotions matter in and to history, and how they are themselves objects of history.

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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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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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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.

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Current Research Results

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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Theo Offermann, University of Amsterdam

Jul 9, 2024 02:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin, Room: Large Conference Room

Erik Tuchtfeld, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Jul 2, 2024 02:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin, Room: Small Conference Room

Amy Orben, University of Cambridge

Jun 25, 2024 02:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin, Room: Large Conference Room

Exhibition by H. Lennard Körber | Öffnung, Wandlungen

Apr 11, 2024 07:00 PM (Local Time Germany) - Jun 14, 2024 07:00 PM
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin, Room: Foyer
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