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Apprenticeship Certificate: We are training in 2022
In 2022, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin, CCI Berlin (Industrie- und Handelskammer, IHK zu Berlin) once again certifies that the Institute is committed to securing skilled workers by means of dual training and thus makes an important contribution to the future viability of the city of Berlin. more
Voluntary Social Year in Research
The Lise Meitner Group for Environmental Neuroscience offers a Voluntary Social Year in Research for the second time. Research Group Leader Simone Kühn is currently accepting initiative applications for the next round. more
Reimar Lüst Memorial Lecture 2022
After a long break, our directors finally welcomed guests again at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Under the title "Kepler in Relation: Emotion and Science in a New Age of Knowledge" Ulinka Rublack held the Reimar Lüst Memorial Lecture 2022. For this special occasion, numerous interested people also joined in digitally. The recording of the lecture in English is now available on the Institute's YouTube channel. more
Who are you – human or machine? BR50-Podcast Episode 1
Who controls AI or the companies that develop it? What does AI mean for our society and for politics? In the first (German) episode of the podcast "Berlin Research – Forschung in Berlin", Thomas Prinzler discusses this with Thomas Müller from the Center for Humans and Machines at the MPI for Human Development, Jeanette Hofmann from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, and Aljoscha Burchardt from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Berlin. more
Well-dosed emotions
Emotions have a bad reputation in the political sphere. According to traditional dogma, political decisions should be rational and sensible, but under no circumstances should they be emotional. Reality, however, has always been somewhat different. The impact that feelings had and continue to have on political events and the rise and fall of leaders is the primary field of interest for Ute Frevert and her team at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Read more about this topic in the MaxPlanckResearch periodical. more
"Each individual child around the world is given the opportunity to acquire new skills"
How can you explain the goal of the Jacobs Foundation to a child? Ulman Lindenberger, Director of the Center for Lifespan Development, talks about his work in the Jacobs Foundation Board of Trustees. His key priorities are: creating evidence-based ideas for improved learning, offering quality education, and transforming education systems. Read his interview with the Jacobs Foundation. more
Experiment on swarm intelligence and decision-making
Do you tend to rely on your personal judgment, or do you rely on the opinions of others? The answer to this question can help with better understanding phenomena such as polarization. An experiment on this topic is part of the Humboldt Laboratory in Berlin. The results will be used in a project of the “Science of Intelligence” Cluster of Excellence and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Time slots can now be booked free of charge. more
Strengthening science in a bid to secure the future
On September 26th not only the elections of the German parliament will take place, but as well of the Parliament of Berlin. With a position paper developed under the umbrella of Berlin Research 50, the non-university institution of Berlin emphasize what is important for science in Berlin. The position paper contains 10 demands that should be implemented by the future senate to strengthen Berlin as science metropolis. more
Space travel for brain research: Game app on mental health and brain development
How is mental health linked to brain development? To answer this question neuroscientists have launched an app that tests cognitive brain functions and anonymously queries mental health. Anyone can take part, regardless of whether or not they have a mental illness. The researchers' goal is to gather as much data as possible from a wide range of age groups in German and English-speaking countries. more
Deliberate ignorance or when we (should) choose not to know
We may not always be aware of it, but we all practice deliberate ignorance. In other words, we consciously choose not to seek or use information. This is as true for individuals as it is, for example, for organizations, welfare economics, and law. But where exactly does deliberate ignorance play a role? And when is it a blessing, when a curse? In our feature, we present examples and consider possible implications. more
The past, present and future of digital contact tracing
Manuel Cebrian, head of the research group "Digital Mobilisation", is one of the pioneers of contact tracing by mobile phones. Last year, his paper on the subject, published in 2014, gained unexpected relevance. In a recent article in nature electronics, he outlines the conditions under which Covid-19 tracing apps can be helpful in containing the pandemic. more
COVID-19 vaccines: Scientists develop guidelines for effective communication
How can we best communicate information about the new COVID-19 vaccines to inform as many people as possible and prevent the spread of misinformation? This question has been addressed by an international team of more than 25 scientists, including Stefan Herzog from the Center for Adaptive Rationality. Their results have been published in The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook.  more
Berlin Science Week: Collective Intelligence or Collective Stupidity?
What can humans learn from fish? When do groups make better decisions than individuals? Answers to these questions are presented by Pawel Romanczuk from the Technische Universität Berlin and Ralf Kurvers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. They are exploring swarm intelligence in fish and humans. The event will take place digitally on November 7th, 6-7pm (CET). more
From a Population of 1.2 Million, Economy in US Cities Becomes Innovative
An analysis of historical economic data in the USA shows that the economic development of cities always follows a similar path. Only from a population of 1.2 million upwards does a transition to innovative economies take place. The study by Inho Hong, postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Humans and Machines, and researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University was published in the  Science Advances. more
How can we get better at detecting microtargeted advertising?
Online platforms collect large amounts of information about us and our behavior. This information is used to tailor advertising to our needs, but also to our personal vulnerabilities. If this happens without our knowledge, online advertising can become manipulative. In a new article in Scientific Reports, researchers from the Center for Adaptive Rationality show how simple interventions can improve people’s ability to detect microtargeted advertising. more
Research Report 2017-2019/20
The new Research Report is available. The Research Report is published every 3 years, in time for the Institute's Scientific Advisory Board meeting. It documents the Institute's scientific activities for the Report's respective period of time. more
“Digital contact tracing might be our best shot”
Many countries are relying on Corona apps to identify the contacts of infected persons and isolate those affected in order to break the infection chains. Germany has now also published an app that uses Bluetooth technology to warn people if they have been in the vicinity of infected people. One of the first scientific studies on the subject has been published as early as 2014. Computer scientist Manuel Cebrian, one of the authors and Research Group Leader in the Center for Human and Machines, explains if contact tracing needs technical support and why it can work even if not everyone installs a tracing app. more
Blog Feeling News
The contributions of the blog engage with emotions as a day-to-day occurrence and their role in current events and incidents. The blog provides brief, prompt, and essayistic analyses and viewpoints about the verbal and visual negotiations of emotions as they appear in everyday media coverage and beyond. more
Interview with Elliot Tucker-Drob and Andreas Brandmaier
Why do people with similar starting conditions develop so differently across their lifespan? Elliot Tucker-Drob (University of Texas at Austin) and Andreas Brandmaier (Center for Lifspan Psychology) talk about the complex process of development in an interview with the Jacobs Foundation’s “BOLD – Blog on Learning and Development”. more
YouTube video: Nudging - good or bad manipulation?
This question is the subject of the second part of the new explanatory video series “Wissen Was” by the Max Planck Society. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center of Adaptive Rationality, talks about it with science YouTuber Doctor Whatson. more
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