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The Long Night of the Sciences at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Human development is not completed in childhood or even in adolescence. In our research, we study education processes and human development across the lifespan and over historical time. We are interested in topics such as risk literacy, decision-making skills, health education, the cultivation of feelings, and development and aging.

Our work is international and interdisciplinary. Our researchers come from 30 nations and a wealth of disciplines, including psychology, education, sociology, and medicine, as well as history, economics, computer science, and mathematics.

Come and find out all about us during the Long Night of the Sciences. In talks, hands-on activities, tours, films, and other creative presentation formats, we’ll provide unique insights into the research being conducted at the institute.

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften Foyer
© MPI fuer Bildungsforschung

Our Activities for English-Speaking Guests

Pedestrian behaviors and crowd dynamics

How do pedestrians move and influence each other in crowded streets, subway stations, and other public places? This talk describes the underlying mechanisms of crowd behavior, especially in dangerous and panic situations, and discusses possible solutions for reducing risks during mass events.
Talk: 18:30
Lecturer: Mehdi Moussaid, PhD
Research Area: Adaptive Rationality
Place: Second Floor, Library
Duration: 30 minutes

“Theme Junkies“ – Emotions, tourism, and themed spaces in past and present

Theming is an ongoing trend in tourism. Everyone knows Disneyland or Legoland. And gambling resorts like Las Vegas project an image of fun and adventure. This talk explores the effects of these developments on theemotional experience of tourists.
Talk: 19:15
Lecturer: Dr. Edgar Cabanas Diaz and Paul Franke
Research Area: History of Emotions
Place: Second Floor, Red Corridor, Room 111
Duration: 20 minutes

Wisdom of the crowd in sports

How well can experts predict sports events? This talk tries to answer this question using the example of American football. It shows how good experts are at predicting the results of professional American football games and how they can be even better if the wisdom of a small expert crowd is applied.
Talk: 20:00
Lecturer: Shengua Luan, PhD
Research Area: Adaptive Behavior and Cognition
Place: Second Floor, Library
Duration: 30 minutes

How do decision researchers make decisions themselves?

In each twenty-minute interview, well-known judgment and decision-making researchers, including Tom Wallsten and Reid Hastie, talk about how they discovered this field of research and how they make important decisions in everyday life.
Film: permanent
Research Area: Adaptive Behavior and Cognition
Place: Second Floor
Duration: 20 minutes for each

Human memory on track

Where is human memory located in the brain? In this interactive demons-
tration you draw the outlines of specific brain areas related to memory and
construct virtual 3D-models. Such techniques are used in our research to
assess the relationship between these areas and human memory.
Research Area: Lifespan Psychology
Hands-on Activity: 17:00-21:00
Place: First Floor
Duration: 20 minutes

Run your own experiment! (bilingual)

Eye-tracking software allows us to track and record a person’s eye movements, and is an important tool in many of our experiments. In this demonstration, you take on the role of the experimenter and interview a visitor to the Long Night – while we track your eye movements.
Research Area: Adaptive Rationality
Experiment: 17:00-19:30, 20:00-21:30, and 22:00-24:00
Duration: 10 minutes
Place: Basement

Why do snakes have stripes? (bilingual)

Why do zebras and snakes have stripes? Our experiment tests the hypothesis that stripes impair predators’ perception of speed, making it easier for prey to escape. Visitors can experience this effect with their own eyes in an interactive game.
Research Area: Adaptive Behavior and Cognition
Hands-on Activity: 17:00-24:00
Duration: 10 minutes
Place: Second Floor
Age: for all age groups

How to get the best: When should we stop our search? (bilingual)

How can we find the best partner? Or sell a house at its best price? As decision makers, we are often faced with this dilemma: Should we settle with what we have or continue our search in hope of finding something even better? We show you how to approach the well-known “best-choice problem” in optimal stopping theory.
Research Area: Adaptive Behavior and Cognition
Hands-on Activity: 17:00-24:00
Duration: 10 minutes
Place: Second Floor
Age: for all age groups

Monster Game: Which one is the real monster? (bilingual)

Which question strategies help you win almost every game?  With our experiment for kids from 9-99 years old, you will learn what tactics are helpful to find the best question strategies.
Research Area: Adaptive Behavior and Cognition
Hands-on Activity: 17:00-21:00
Duration: 10 minutes
Place: Second Floor
Age: from 9 years

Wie wir Bildung verstehen

Bildung weiter gedacht ...
© MPI fuer Bildungsforschung (Unter Verwendung von: iStock.com/robertsrob; .../MatthiasStolt)

Für uns umfasst Bildung mehr als das Lernen in der Schule. Unsere Wissenschaftler beschäftigen sich unter anderem damit, wie Reifung, Alterung und Lernen von der Kindheit bis ins hohe
Alter zusammenwirken. Unser Gehirn ist ein Leben lang entwicklungsfähig. Auch alte Menschen können ihre geistige Leistung durch Training verbessern. Hier spielt vor allem ein aktiver Lebensstil und Bewegung eine wichtige Rolle. Also legen Sie Ihr Gehirnjogging-Computerspiel beiseite und gehen lieber eine Runde wandern.

Möchten Sie mehr erfahren, wie wir Bildung weiter denken? Dann schauen Sie sich Beispiele in unserer Galerie an.

Impressions

On 13 June 2015, about 600 visitors came to the Institute despite sticky-hot temperatures and thundery showers.

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2015 im Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschun
© A. Sattler
to the gallery

Attractions for Children

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften Mitmachaktion
© MPIB

Most of our attractions are also suitable for children. The respective age groups are noted in the program. In addition, we offer varied attractions for children under 10 years of age—from handicrafts to face painting to an education rally throughout the entire Institute.

What Exactly Does Bildung Mean?

The documentary "What Exactly Does Bildung Mean?" by filmmaker Reinhard Kahl takes a look at 50 years of the Institute's history. You can see the whole film in German on June 13 as part of the Long Night of Science: 17:15, 23:15 (first floor, lecture hall)