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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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