Profile of the Institute

The Max Planck Institute for Human Development is dedicated to the study of human development and education. Researchers of various disciplines – including psychology, education, sociology and medicine, as well as history, economics, computer science and mathematics – work together on interdisciplinary projects at the Berlin Institute. The research questions they examine include how people make effective decisions even under time pressure and information overload, how the interaction between behaviour and brain function changes over the lifespan, as well as how human emotions change in a historical context and how they have affected the course of history itself.

An Extraordinary Building

MPIB Namenszug
© David Ausserhofer

The Institute is located in the southwest of Berlin. It is part of the Dahlem science park which also houses the Free University and many other research institutions. The building (constructed between 1971 and 1973) is a major work by the renowned architects Hermann Fehling and Daniel Gogel.


Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin

Tel.: +49 30 82406-0
Fax: +49 30 8249939
E-mail: info [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Information Material

Our brochure 2015 offers insights into our research.

Institute's Brochure 2015 | Cover