Bahador Bahrami Portrait


Bahador Bahrami, visiting researcher in the Center for Adaptive Rationality, has been awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). Funded by the European Union, ERC Consolidator Grants provide outstanding researchers embarking on an independent research career with funding of up to €2 million. Bahador Bahrami, psychologist at the LMU Munich, will use the grant to investigate how overconfidence in one’s own abilities impacts the quality of group decision making, and to develop interventions to improve the quality of collective decision making.

Bahador Bahrami
Logo Science of Intelligence


On 27 September 2018, the DFG (German Research Council) announced the Clusters of Excellence that will each receive up to €10 million annually for an initial seven years as part of Germany’s Excellence Strategy. The MPIB’s Center for Adaptive Rationality will participate in Science of Intelligence (SCIoI), a joint Cluster of Excellence with the TU Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The aim of the interdisciplinary cluster is to investigate the fundamental laws and principles of intelligence.

Center for Adaptive Rationality (ARC)

Gert G. Wagner: Teaser


Max Planck Fellow Gert G. Wagner has again been recognized as one of Germany’s most influential economists in the yearly ranking published by the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.). Since 2013, the FAZ ranking has measured the performance of leading economists in terms of their media presence, citations in academic literature, and political influence.

Gert Georg Wagner
Ute Frevert at Doctoral Conferment Ceremony


Ute Frevert, Director of the Center for the History of Emotions, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Tampere, Finland. The Faculty of Social Sciences decided to honor Ute Frevert especially for her contribution to the study of the history of the emotions and her pioneering work in social history, gender history, and the history of masculinity. The title was awarded on 16 August 2018 in Tampere.

(Photo: Jonne Renvall/University of Tampere)

Ute Frevert
Wouter van den Bos


Wouter van den Bos, researcher at the Center for Adaptive Rationality, has been awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). ERC Starting Grants, which are funded by the European Union and worth up to €1.5 million, are awarded to outstanding early-career scientists. Wouter van den Bos will use the grant to set up his own lab at the University of Amsterdam, where he will investigate how social networks affect adolescents’ behavior and how the adolescent brain responds to social pressure.

Wouter van den Bos
Gert G. Wagner: Teaser


Max Planck Fellow Gert G. Wagner was appointed as a member of the newly established interdisciplinary working group ”Implications of Digitalisation on the Quality of Science Communication“ of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW) in collaboration with acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering, which is scheduled to run for three years. The group will investigate the opportunities, challenges and quality requirements for institutional science communication in face of digital communication channels that permit scientists to communicate directly and personally with the public. Its aim is to provide practical knowledge and develop guidelines for science and scientific organisations, research policy and the media.

Gert G. Wagner

Mattea Dallacker


Mattea Dallacker, researcher at the Center for Adaptive Rationality, has been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal 2018. She received the award for her work on the social determinants of the obesity crisis and the influence that parents have on their children’s eating habits. Each year, the Max Planck Society awards the Otto Hahn Medal to a small number of junior scientists for their outstanding scientific achievements.

Mattea Dallacker

Wouter van den Bos


Wouter van den Bos, researcher at the Center for Adaptive Rationality, has been awarded a Vidi grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The grant is aimed at experienced researchers, and enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and to set up a research project over the next five years. In his project, Wouter van den Bos will investigate the social aspects of adolescent risk-taking. He is interested in the extent to which adolescents search for social information before making risky decisions and in who influences them the most. To address these questions, he plans to develop a new neuro-computational framework to investigate how social learning strategies develop across adolescence in peer networks.

Wouter van den Bos

Thorsten Pachur


Thorsten Pachur, Senior Researcher in the Center for Adaptive Rationality, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). His research focuses on how memory and attention processes shape judgment and decision making, and how risky decision making changes across the lifespan. Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology.

Thorsten Pachur


Imke Rajamani, researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions, was awarded the 2017 Friedrich Meinecke Prize for her dissertation Angry Young Men: Masculinity, Citizenship and Virtuous Emotions in Popular Indian Cinema. In its decision, the jury wrote that her work on anger in Indian cinema convincingly illustrated how angry young man characters in films of the 1970s and 1980s were transformed into figures of virtue popularly identified with in Indian society and how they in turn served as facilitators of political mobilization. The Friedrich Meinecke Prize is awarded annually to the authors of excellent dissertations in history written at the Freie Universität Berlin’s Department of History and Cultural Studies.

Imke Rajamani