Research Report 2020–2022/23
We are taking a new approach to our reporting: We are delighted to announce that the 2020–2022/23 report on our research activities is available digitally Like its print predecessor, the website offers a comprehensive overview of the Institute’s research, infrastructure, and other relevant information across the reporting period. As a new complement, the magazine Spotlight 2023 offers unique perspectives on our day-to-day work at the institute.
Socioeconomic inequality in children’s epigenetics
To study the effects of childhood environments on adult health and well-being, researchers examined epigenetic profiles of children using algorithms developed in adults. They find that children growing up in more socioeconomically disadvantaged environments exhibited epigenetic profiles that, in previous studies of adults, were associated with worse health. The results are published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
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.
The Power of Emotions
Emotions make history and have their own history. Exploring the emotional worlds of the German people, this book tells a very different story of the twentieth century. Ute Frevert reveals how emotions have shaped and influenced not only individuals but entire societies. Ute Frevert's engaging analysis of twenty essential and powerful emotions – including anger, grief, hate, love, pride, shame and trust – explores how emotions coloured major events and developments from the German Empire to the Federal Republic until this very day.
"This is us" - Questions for Yayouk Willems
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 Yayouk Willems.
New Book: Planetarien
The dream of conquering space has long inspired science and technology, art and popular culture - a dream which continues to this day.Helen Ahner traces in her new book Planetarium the feelings, perceptions and narratives that accompanied the establishment of the planetariums in Munich, Jena, Vienna and Hamburg and shows how planetariums became places where knowledge, perception and wonder were combined and where people learned how to feel modern.
The Face Game: New online experiment has been launched
As AI personas make their way into social media, have you ever wondered how they will select their profile pictures? The Face Game is a research project that lets people and AI interact, helping us see how AI might choose its own face depending on its objectives and the people it interacts with. This multidisciplinary project, led by the researchers who created the famed Moral Machine experiment, will help us navigate the future of digital interactions with AI.
„Machines are becoming ever more sophisticated in how they interact with us.“
The most important questions and answers about the new research project The Face Game, from three participating scientists: Iyad Rahwan from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Jean-Francois Bonnefon from the Toulouse School of Economics, and Aythami Morales Moreno from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
How to get your children to eat more fruits and vegetables
Children will eat more fruits and vegetables if families take more time to eat meals. This is the result of a new study led by researchers at the University of Mannheim and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.
75 years of the Max Planck Society
Our umbrella organization, the Max Planck Society, was founded in Göttingen in 1948 and is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Current Research Results
A new study indicates that children who grow up in socially disadvantaged families tend to have epigenetic profiles ...
To study the effects of childhood environments on adult health and well-being, researchers examined epigenetic ...
Their new multidisciplinary project The Face Game aims to better understand the interplay between humans and AI. Iyad ...
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