Research Groups

Emmy Noether Group

The Emmy Noether Programme is a programme funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) that gives particularly qualified young scientists the opportunity to qualify for a university professorship over a period of six years by independently leading a junior research group.

Lifespan Neural Dynamics Group
Housed within the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, the Lifespan Neural Dynamics Group (LNDG) seeks to understand how and why the human brain fluctuates so markedly from moment to moment. more

ERC-funded Research Group

With the Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), the European Union supports promising scientists at the beginning of an independent career. In addition to the ERC Consolidator Grant, the research group "Adaptive Memory and Decision Making" is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Illustration of a thought process in the brain
The group investigates how the brain dynamically reshapes information in working memory to suit current demands, and how the underlying neural processes develop across the lifespan.   more

Max Planck Research Groups

Max Planck Research Groups (MPRG) use the facilities and resources of a Max Planck Institute, but have their own staff and equipment, which enable them to pursue a research project independently and thus lay the foundation for a successful career. They are initially limited to five years, but can be extended. Four Max Planck Research Groups are currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

MPRG Biosocial | Biology, Social Disparities, and Development
Human development unfolds in transactions between biology, such as genetics, and social environments. The Max Planck Research Group Biosocial examines how social disparities affect child and adolescent development to shape differential outcomes of education, health, and well-being across the lifespan. more
MPRG iSearch | Information Search, Ecological and Active Learning Research with Children
How do young children learn so much about the world, and so efficiently? The Max Planck Research Group iSearch—Information Search, Ecological and Active learning Research with Children—investigates theoretically and empirically how children actively seek information in their physical and social environments as evidence to test and dynamically revise their hypotheses and theories over time. more
MPRG MR Physics
The Max Planck Research Group “MR Physics” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development is working on the implementation of reproducible and robust MR physics methods, quantitative MRI, and the validating and usage of in-vivo histology using MRI (hMRI).  more
MPRG Naturalistic Social Cognition
How do infants and young children learn about the world around them? This overarching question is the foundation for the research carried out by the Max Planck Research Group “Naturalistic Social Cognition.” We use an interdisciplinary approach to examine social learning and social cognition in naturalistic contexts by combining theory and methodologies from cognitive science, developmental psychology, evolutionary biology, and biological anthropology. more
MPRG NeuroCode | Neural and Computational Basis of Learning, Decision Making and Memory
Every day, humans are faced with manifold decisions, some trivial, others more complex. When deciding, they try to predict the impact the decision could have on the future. Whether we have to choose an ice-cream flavor or decide on a place to live, how does our brain solve this difficult task? The overarching goal of the Max Planck Research Group NeuroCode – Neural and Computational Basis of Learning, Memory and Decision Making – is to address this question. more
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